What to watch for in Pennsylvania governor’s budget proposal (abc27.com)

Gov. Wolf wants to release $1.7 billion in federal dollars (inquirer.com)

Five things to watch for in Gov. Tom Wolf’s final budget proposal – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Surpluses and electioneering set the stage for Gov. Tom Wolf’s final budget proposal – pennlive.com

Wolf to roll out last budget with public school education on his mind | News | citizensvoice.com

Final Pa. legislative maps approved by redistricting panel, but legal challenges likely · Spotlight PA

State panel approves new legislative districts with bipartisan vote | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)

PA House and Senate Maps Approved By Legislative Reapportionment – Erie News Now | WICU and WSEE in Erie, PA

Commission Approves Legislative Maps That Could Alter Balance of Power | PoliticsPA

Pennsylvania’s new House and Senate maps get final approval. See which districts you are in – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Ex-Pa. House leader Reed: Supremes need to do redistricting in public | Monday Morning Coffee – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Guest Opinion: Pennsylvania GOP leaders are stealing your right to vote (yahoo.com)

Wolf sides with local governments in rejecting gun rights bill | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Recreational marijuana coming to Pa.? Legislature takes first steps toward legalization | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

State lawmakers to host hearing to discuss the legalization of recreational marijuana | fox43.com

Recreational pot in PA: Legislative hearing set for Monday (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Proposed bill would protect farmers when grain brokers fail – Opera News (dailyadvent.com)

Opportunity House Learning Center hosts tour for state legislators | Berks Regional News | wfmz.com

YUDICHAK: NEPA Leads State in Job Growth – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Allentown NIZ tax money to stay hidden after change in law – The Morning Call (mcall.com)


Coronavirus – COVID-19

Elena Perri: Maddening and misguided Covid mandates (broadandliberty.com)

COVID-19 stress and disruptions are wreaking havoc on multi-child families, study says (abc27.com)

The future of the pandemic is looking clearer as we learn more about infection : Goats and Soda : NPR

900,000 Americans have died of COVID in 2 years of the global pandemic | WITF

COVID-19 situation continues to improve in and around Philly; N.J. will reportedly end mask mandate for students (inquirer.com)

COVID-19 cases drop in Erie County as omicron surge subsides (goerie.com)

Homeless shelters persevering through COVID (delcotimes.com)



Biden administration points to new job numbers as proof of economic recovery | ABC27

Biden sees U.S. economy as powering past the pandemic | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

A massive Pa. corporate tax break lacks basic accountability, report finds (inquirer.com)

Columbia Economic Development Corp. announces business grant opportunity | Local Business | lancasteronline.com

Frontier Airlines buying Spirit in nearly $3B deal (abc27.com)

Return-to-work trends: Three factors that could derail the return to the office – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Gamestop, AMC, Novavax see biggest gains during Covid-19 – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Black-owned businesses surge back after early pandemic losses | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Where the Russians are coming, so is Westinghouse with its nuclear ambitions | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

IRS wants cut of internet sales topping $600 or more per year | TribLIVE.com

Hershey Co. raising candy prices, including Kit Kats, Reese’s | TribLIVE.com

Are more green jobs headed for Pa.? | Five for the Weekend – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Struggling young workers, our economic backbone, need help | Bob Lewis – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Resig-Nation: The states with the highest and lowest job resignation rates | The Numbers Racket – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)



Pennsylvania’s Probation System Keeps Some Locked in a Harmful Cycle (businessinsider.com)

Questions remain after Allegheny County jail investigation closes | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

‘Absolutely repulsive’: Outlaw slams cops who abuse Philly’s injured-on-duty benefits (inquirer.com)

Police arrest Philly teens wanted in carjackings and Wawa robberies (inquirer.com)



Editorial: State has the money to boost school funding (dailylocal.com)

Lancaster colleges seek to meet shortage of registered nurses | Local Business | lancasteronline.com

University of Pennsylvania taps former provost Wendell Pritchett for interim president – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Addressing the teacher shortage | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Monday update: Scranton Cyber Academy enrollment surpasses high schools | Education | thetimes-tribune.com

Philly’s elite high schools have an equity problem. A controversial new admissions policy makes it worse. | Opinion (inquirer.com)

Fair school funding means fair funding for every Pa. student. Not just a few | Opinion – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

PA school funding formula does damage to students critics say (mainlinemedianews.com)



Martell Covington wins District 24 nominating session, favored to finish out state House term | TribLIVE.com

Dems pick Covington as their champion in special election to complete Gainey’s state House term | 90.5 WESA

Martell Covington chosen as Democratic candidate for District 24 special election | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

Montco’s Arkoosh Drops Out of Democratic Primary for U.S. Senate – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Your 2022 Pennsylvania U.S. Senate race campaign finance cheat sheet | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)

The first fund-raising reports in the Pa. governor’s race show it’s up for grabs | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

John Fetterman raises big money for Pennsylvania Senate race through snail mail (inquirer.com)

Jumbled GOP primaries will stay that way: state party won’t endorse in Senate and gubernatorial races | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Letter to the Editor: The Republican State Committee must remember its purpose (broadandliberty.com)

Four DelVal Republicans in Fight for Shot at Houlahan in November – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Podcast: Conor Lamb, In-Depth | PoliticsPA

Trump tirade on ‘racist’ DAs echoes other racist tropes – Daily Local

Probst, Shukaitis running for 189th District seat (poconorecord.com)

Dr. Oz focuses on pandemic during campaign stop in York, Pa. (ydr.com)

Summer Lee’s congressional run picks up key endorsements | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

‘Taking the voters out of the equation’: How the maps are killing competition | Election | standardspeaker.com



McGILLIS: California Has It Wrong on EV Mandate; Pennsylvania Shouldn’t Follow Suit – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Road salt hazardous to the environment? | Smart Talk (witf.org)



Fontones: PennDOT currently has an unmet need of $8.1 billion annually (poconorecord.com)

Regional planners will review process that left badly needed repairs on Fern Hollow Bridge unfunded | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

PennDOT selects team to replace Fern Hollow Bridge, says some demolition could start this weekend | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Wilks-Barre/Scranton International Airport’s departures improve, but return to records not on horizon | News | thetimes-tribune.com

Hazleton receives more than $330,000 in federal transit funds | News | standardspeaker.com

Penn State’s Center for Dirt and Gravel Studies combats pollution from unpaved roads (inquirer.com)



Changes coming to Pa. Medical Marijuana Program (abc27.com)

Pennsylvania recalls hundreds of medical marijuana vape products with little explanation | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

Op-Ed: We must protect abortion access in Pennsylvania (goerie.com)

Millions in tax dollars flow to anti-abortion centers around the country (abc27.com)

Why dentists in Western Pa. and across the U.S. are prescribing fewer opioids | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Study shows rise in telemedicine during the pandemic eliminated a historic racial health gap | WITF

Want to get paid to go to school? Here’s how some Lehigh Valley health care providers are offering incentives to students to fill positions – The Morning Call (mcall.com)


State News

$25M for abandoned well cleanup just the start of work in PA | News | tribdem.com

Houlahan legislation included in massive supply chain package – Daily Local

Pa. bans sales of Ravenna grass and 2 species of buckthorn trees | TribLIVE.com

Saturday opener and Sunday hunting for deer important to hunters returning to the sport, survey says – pennlive.com


National News

Top Biden aide says Ukraine invasion could come ‘any day’ | TribLIVE.com

U.S. says Russia has amassed about 75% of the troops it would need to invade Ukraine | WITF

France’s Macron flies to Moscow as a new round of talks over Ukraine begins | NPR

Virginia district suspends 29 students for not wearing masks (abc27.com)

School Mask Mandate to Be Lifted in New Jersey – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Canceling Joe Rogan not ‘the answer’ Spotify CEO tells employees (abc27.com)

United States wins first Olympic medal in women’s slopestyle competition | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Canada’s capital declares state of emergency over COVID protests – pennlive.com

States prepare as fraudsters get set to pounce on infrastructure law windfalls | Analysis – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Amir Locke, killed by Minneapolis cop, wanted music career | News | phillytrib.com

The U.S. is debating whether to adopt a digital dollar : NPR

Beijing and Moscow unite in efforts to redefine democracy itself : NPR

What the Washington Commanders’ new name means for Native Americans : NPR


Local News

Upper Darby mayor calls for emergency meeting to avoid government shutdown (broadandliberty.com)

Route 32 reopens after bridge repair | The Bucks County Herald

Berks library supporters awarded (readingeagle.com)

Great American Outdoor Show returns to Harrisburg after 2 years (abc27.com)

‘Shoulder to shoulder’ crowds are back for Great American Outdoor Show – pennlive.com

Lancaster County Workforce Development Board awarded $150,000 grant targeted at youth | Local Business | lancasteronline.com

Judge panel chooses Lancaster Twp. engineer, executive to be the next Democratic county commissioner | PA Power and Policy | lancasteronline.com

Falls’ King Farms once made Bucks County a leader in vegetable farms (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Bucks County needs affordable housing, health care, good-paying jobs (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Guest Opinion: Reject normalization of hate-fueled violence (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Chester County’s share of opioid settlement ‘pot’ grows to $19 million – Daily Local

As inflation rages, many lower income residents struggle with skyrocketing rents in Chester County (dailylocal.com)

New startup will help Erie households recycle plastics, not landfill them (goerie.com)

George Floyd’s brother explains why Erie must confront racism not deny it (goerie.com)

Sober living facility for women progressing in Olyphant | News | thetimes-tribune.com

Montgomery County celebrates start of Black History Month with ‘Holistic Black Wellness’ panel (mainlinemedianews.com)



No can of soup: Carnegie Museums pays $1 million to acquire lot near the Warhol | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Mayor, state leaders call for more access to syringe exchanges during Prevention Point Pittsburgh visit | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

Pittsburgh out as potential host for 2024 Republican National Convention | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

Family, friends hold vigil for Pittsburgh man killed in Venango shooting | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

‘Love locks’ from $34 million Clemente Bridge rehab will be donated for public art project | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh council members grant themselves 6.3% raise | TribLIVE.com

Port Authority bridge in Mt. Washington to remain closed for repairs | TribLIVE.com

This Pa. city is among the top 20 best spots to celebrate Valentine’s Day: study – pennlive.com



Philadelphia’s port is getting a $246 million investment from the state, Gov. Wolf says (inquirer.com)

Port of Philadelphia gets second infusion of money for modernization | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Gov. Wolf invests $246M into Port of Philadelphia | Pennsylvania News | wfmz.com

Port of Philadelphia to receive $246MM state investment – Produce Blue Book

A Pa. court dismissed Philadelphia DA’s lawsuit against state attorney general over a national opioid settlement (inquirer.com)

Made by North Philly residents, monuments to local heroes put Black history on display | Local News | phillytrib.com

City Controller seeking help in review of Philadelphia Police Department | Local News | phillytrib.com

Rosa Parks honored with red roses and a seat on SEPTA | Local News | phillytrib.com



Manchin: Overhaul of Electoral Count Act ‘absolutely’ will pass | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

House Democrats push through massive manufacturing, tech bill aimed at competing with China | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Tech advocates call on Congress to increase high-skilled immigration to the US | ABC27

Biden Will Press German Chancellor on Russia Sanctions and Pipeline – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

German leader’s stance on Russia looms over 1st visit to US | WITF

Jackson, in high court mix, traces law interest to preschool | News | phillytrib.com

What Shalanda Young’s ascension means to Black staffers on Capitol Hill | News | phillytrib.com