Pennsylvania State Budget Signed Before Deadline

NJ does the same, an Ackerman aide leaves for New York, shorter hours for doctors and more of what Philly is buzzing about today

Pennsylvania Budget Signed by Governor Corbett Last Night. For the first time in nine years the state’s fiscal year budget was signed into law just shy of the deadline. The notable lack of school funding will likely prompt tax hikes at the local level. What’s that they say about stuff rolling downhill? [CBS 3]

Governor Christie Cuts $900 Million Out of New Jersey’s Budget. The governor used his line item to knock out nearly a billion dollars of funding in the state budget he signed yesterday. Senate President Steve Sweeney was quoted as calling the governor’s cuts “cruel.” It’s not yet known if the Democratic-controlled State Senate will attempt to override Christie’s cuts. [Newsworks]

Ackerman Aide Leaves for New York. Arlene Ackerman has adamantly said that she is not looking for another job. But, it seems apparent that her staff is. Tomás Hanna, the associate superintendent, will leave his post on July 15th to become the Chief of Innovation for New York City schools. Hanna is following the example of former Associate Superintendent Dave Weiner who left his position for one in New York a few months ago. When the going gets tough the supporting staff get going to New York. [The Notebook]

Corruption in Delco Democratic Congressional Campaign. Last spring’s election in the seventh Congressional district is still making news. Yesterday, Richard Cairns was charged with perjury and filing false signatures to get GOP candidate Jim Schneller on the ballot. The move was designed to split the GOP votes in the election. [Daily News]

New Rule Caps Shifts for Young Doctors. A new rule will cut back the amount of consecutive hours residents can work in hospitals. Philly docs were among those hoping to see the change enacted. The area’s 15 hospitals that train residents will only be able to work the up-and-comers 16 hours consecutively. [Inquirer]

Booze Topic Revisited in Ocean City. Restaurant owners in Ocean City, New Jersey are collecting signatures for a petition to allow the town’s voters to decide on a new BYOB ordinance in November. If passed, the ordinance would allow one six-pack per two persons or one bottle of wine per patron at certain restaurants in the town. Unsurprisingly, the dry-town’s traditionalists are strongly opposed to the potential change. [Daily News]

Flyers Pass on Stamkos. Flyers exec Peter Luukko admitted that the team’s brass was never really sold on the idea of risking that kind of money on Stamkos. The $115 million dollar contract was never even discussed. The team now turns its attention to other free-agents-to-be. NHL’s free-agency period begins today and the team will look to make moves to replace the scoring they shipped out of town last week. Jaromir Jagr, anyone? [Crossing Broad]