How much of Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget proposal will remain intact? Depends on who you ask. | WITF

Senator Street Supports Education Spending Proposed in Governor’s Budget, Calls for More Aggressive Funding for Gun Violence Prevention – MyChesCo

‘Our kids deserve it’: Wolf’s $1.55B K-12 school plan aims to address inequitable funding – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Budget report on Pa. education agency provokes spat between lawmakers, watchdogs · Spotlight PA

Senate Judiciary Committee Unanimously Moves Fentanyl Test Strip Bill to Full Senate – MyChesCo

Pa. Senate Judiciary Committee moves fentanyl test strip bill to full senate – thereporteronline

Wolf visits Upper Darby school, calls for boost in state ed. funding – WHYY

Wolf visits Upper Darby High School to urge investment in education – Delco Times

Rep. Seth Grove now GOP point man on election reform, redistricting (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

In final budget address, Gov. Tom Wolf narrows his focus (dailylocal.com)

Animal chiropractor finds practice limited by state’s veterinary medicine laws – pennlive.com

Wolf signs Alzheimer’s, dementia ‘toolkit’ bill into law | Five for the Weekend – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

OP-ED: Ensuring quality health care for all Pennsylvanians | Op-Ed | observer-reporter.com


Coronavirus – COVID-19

IFO report: Seniors bore brunt of COVID-19 deaths | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)

Is the COVID pandemic over? Lehigh Valley health experts urge caution – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Pfizer vaccine for kids under 5: FDA authorization paused for data (poconorecord.com)

Testing what we flush to track COVID-19 in Western Pennsylvania | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Republicans call on Biden to end COVID’s public health emergency designation : NPR

Philadelphia, Pa., N.J. COVID numbers: Cases, deaths, hospitalizations, vaccination rate and more (inquirer.com)



Gas continues to rise in Midstate by over five cents per gallon (abc27.com)

Bloomfield Starbucks employees announce unionization drive | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

Longwood Gardens $250 million dollar renovation relies on increasingly popular “green” bonds. (inquirer.com)

Small business owners who rely on payment apps face new tax law | News | thetimes-tribune.com



SWAT Officer Saved By Bulletproof Vest Leads To Philadelphia Officials Again Calling For Stricter Gun Laws – CBS Philly (cbslocal.com)

Officials Shocked By Firefighters’ Racist Comments, Bility Family Appalled – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Fallout continues from racist and threatening audio at Briarcliffe Fire Company | Local News | phillytrib.com

Baltimore’s violence interrupters face danger as they try to stem shootings : NPR



Four takeaways from Pa.’s landmark school-funding trial, two weeks into Republican witnesses – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Court petition seeks to recall school directors in West Chester, Downingtown over masking policy – Daily Local

Parent, Residents Complain About Sexual Content in WCASD Books – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

‘A unique opportunity’: Central Pa. students partner with NASA to make parts for space station – pennlive.com

‘Vision’ for Keystone College includes three new projects on or near campus | Education | thetimes-tribune.com



Guest Opinion: Trump’s comments should be a warning to us all (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Podcast: Can An African Immigrant Be the GOP Nominee for Governor? | PoliticsPA

Union Membership Falling; What Does That Mean to Democrats? | PoliticsPA

Citing leg injury, Scott Martin suspends gubernatorial campaign | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)

Albert Eisenberg: Partisan redistricting won’t fix Dems’ PA disadvantage (broadandliberty.com)

GOP Senate Candidate McCormick to Air ‘Let’s Go Brandon’ Ad During Super Bowl – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Democrats eye key governors’ races in Pa. and other key states as backstop against GOP | WITF

So Trump broke another law. Will anyone actually do something about it? | Dick Polman – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Government distrust was always in the GOP playbook. The Capitol insurrection proved it | Opinion – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Senate ad slams transgender athletes ‘pretending to be women’ – POLITICO

Conor Lamb and John Fetterman run like Biden and Sanders in Pa. Senate race (inquirer.com)

U.S. Senate hopeful Oz visits Luzerne County to talk infrastructure, politics and COVID-19 | Election | standardspeaker.com



Amtrak eyes express bus service regionally – Daily Local

Philadelphia airport sees surge in passengers bringing guns to TSA checkpoints | Local News | phillytrib.com



Omicron pushed Grand View Health into crisis. How the hospital reacted (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Meet nurse educator Doris Ezomo and her goal for helping others – The Morning Call (mcall.com)


State News

It’s time to end wildlife-killing contests in Pennsylvania (buckscountycouriertimes.com)


National News

Ambassador Bridge reopens after last protesters removed : NPR

Key U.S.-Canada bridge reopens as Ottawa protest persists | Coronavirus | tribdem.com

Super Bowl 2022: The Rams beat the Bengals : NPR

Super Bowl’s Hollywood Moment Outshines N.F.L.’s Problems – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

U.S. suspends Mexican avocado imports ‘until further notice’ – pennlive.com

Russian skater Kamila Valieva cleared to compete, but Olympics won’t hold medal ceremony until after investigation | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

U.S. women make monobob history at the Winter Games : NPR

Ukrainians plead for support as U.S. and others tell their citizens to flee | NPR


Local News

Community Briefs: DCCC continues Dialogues for Diversity with program on mental health – Delco Times

Delaware County Council appoints Chester resident to Solid Waste Authority (delcotimes.com)

Montgomery County experiencing lack of affordable housing options, officials say (mainlinemedianews.com)

York City parking automation surprises local businesses and staff (ydr.com)

Parks top project list for revamped city recreation department | News | standardspeaker.com



Focus of Pittsburgh’s proposed Mon Oakland Connector project changes | TribLIVE.com

Westmoreland County to boost program to help jail inmates re-enter society | TribLIVE.com

Couple injured in Fern Hollow Bridge collapse to sue Pittsburgh, Port Authority, PennDOT | TribLIVE.com

Pittsburgh’s bridges on the brink: City’s spans decaying with little help | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

McKeesport residents relieved over bridge closure; school traffic expected to be impacted | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Gainey’s team looking for input from residents on policy suggestions and other ways to improve city services | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



“It’s Just About Doing the Right Thing” – The Philadelphia Citizen

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is the nation’s best large employer, according to Forbes – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Philly Councilmember Alan Domb floats term limits bill – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Nonprofit secures over $1M for community center at N. Philly church | Local News | phillytrib.com

Philly extends freeze on residential water shutoffs, offers virtual utility fairs | Local News | phillytrib.com

Hope for systemic change in how Philadelphia addresses poverty | Editorial (inquirer.com)

Debate over Washington Avenue safety changes delivers harsh lessons in equity, civic influence | Opinion (inquirer.com)

What a contested election for a Fishtown neighborhood group reveals about development in Philly (inquirer.com)

How kids get into Philadelphia’s special admissions schools has changed drastically. Some families are crying foul (inquirer.com)

Philadelphia and CSX railroad collide over who pays to fix a bridge (inquirer.com)



On Parkland anniversary, Biden urges Congress on gun control | News | tribdem.com

President Biden warns Putin of aggressive response if Russia does not de-escalate | ABC27

Biden administration faces resistance on clean energy push | ABC27

Democrats fighting uphill battle to lower prescription drug costs | ABC27

Biden speaks with Ukraine’s leader as U.S. officials warn of imminent Russian attack | WITF

Congress wrestles with stock trading legislation; Mike Kelly probe ongoing in Ethics Committee | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Sen. Graham becomes early player to watch in Supreme Court drama | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette