State Senator Wayne Fontana introduces proposal to raise Pennsylvania’s minimum wage – CBS Pittsburgh (cbsnews.com)

PA Minimum Wage at $7.25, Experts and Locals React | WJAC (wjactv.com)

Pennsylvania bill “Damar’s Law” would require AEDs at school sporting events (abc27.com)

Pa. lawmaker proposes to make harassing sports officials illegal (abc27.com)

Pennsylvania lawmakers renew efforts to enact child reunification legislation (abc27.com)

Pennsylvania state senator set to make history as first to give birth in office (19thnews.org)

Pennsylvania takes steps to ease volunteer firefighter crisis | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Changes proposed to Pennsylvania medical marijuana program (abc27.com)

Mastriano pitches bill to limit drag shows amid conservative social media furor – pennlive.com

Bucks County LGBTQ Kids’ Club Subject of Proposed Legislation – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Pa. House Republicans still seeking Senate impeachment trial of Philly DA – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Joanna McClinton unsure whether she’ll be Pa.’s first female speaker (inquirer.com)

Rozzi locks state house chamber, listening tour begins (abc27.com)

With Pennsylvania House adjourned, child sexual abuse law remains at a stalemate – NBC10 Philadelphia – Pennsylvania News (localtoday.news)

Pa. House remains deadlocked, out of session – WHYY

Has Time Run Out For Child Sex Abuse Survivors, Again? (politicspa.com)

Sen. Scott Martin: Cooperation, not partisanship, will solve Pennsylvania’s environmental challenges (broadandliberty.com)

Grant to help Bucks residents with PFAS-tainted water | The Bucks County Herald

To really fix Harrisburg we need to fix the Pa. Constitution | Patrick Beaty – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

No single person should have unchecked authority in Pennsylvania government (phillyburbs.com)



Pennsylvania’s job market distances itself from pandemic effects | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Pennsylvania’s Gaming Board green-lights the license for the Nittany Mall casino in Centre County | WITF

Pa. union membership was steady in 2022 as the workforce grew (inquirer.com)

Sheetz’s ‘smile policy’ for convenience store workers may not have teeth (inquirer.com)

Rutter’s to open 50 more stores, including some in Pennsylvania – pennlive.com

National Labor Relations Board judge rules Post-Gazette violated federal labor law; must bargain with union and restore previous contract – Pittsburgh Union Progress

NewsGuild-CWA president calls for Justice Department investigation in wake of Pittsburgh City Paper sale – Pittsburgh Union Progress

Erie’s Black Wall Street: Unity in family, community, nation, race (goerie.com)

Dutch Wonderland increases starting pay to attract seasonal employees | Local Business | lancasteronline.com

Entrepreneurs to make a big swing with the opening of region’s first indoor pickleball center (inquirer.com)



FDA advisers set to consider one-and-done annual COVID booster plan | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

FDA committee votes to change and simplify U.S. COVID vaccination strategy : Shots – Health News : NPR

COVID, flu, RSV: ‘tridemic’ infections decline but vaccines still recommended (inquirer.com)

LVHN closes Monroe COVID clinic, vaccines available through doctors (poconorecord.com)



Pottstown-area police plan DUI enforcement – Daily Local

Northampton County creates major crimes task force to handle mass shootings and other complex cases – The Morning Call (mcall.com)



Pa. auditor general criticizes Bethlehem, Northampton school districts for asking for option to raise taxes. School leaders say laws must be changed – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

2 Western Pa. school districts shifted money around to raise taxes, Pa. auditor general says | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Editorial: Schools should boost taxpayers, not fund balances (dailylocal.com)

Penn State hasn’t paid for Proud Boys event security · Spotlight PA State College

Central Bucks enlists law firm focused on religious liberty for library book policy (inquirer.com)

Librarian says he was told to remove Holocaust survivor’s quote for violating Central Bucks’ ‘advocacy’ policy | WITF

Quakertown Community School District to hire “floater teachers” | The Bucks County Herald

As Erie Rise slipped, charter school alienated one of its biggest fans (goerie.com)




In State Legislatures, Old Rivalries Are Reheated by National Politics – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Adam Schiff announces Senate bid for Feinstein’s California seat : NPR

Over Trump and on to DeSantis, Philly’s deep pocket, private club crowd looks to 2024 (inquirer.com)


Republicans eye McCormick to oust Sen. Casey in 2024 Pennsylvania race (abc27.com)

U.S. Supreme Court declines to hear 2020 election case filed by Delaware County residents (delcotimes.com)


Who’s running for mayor in Philadelphia? – City & State Pennsylvania (cityandstatepa.com)

Black Clergy holds breakfast meeting with mayoral candidates | Local News | phillytrib.com

Philadelphia mayor’s race: Jeff Brown slams Krasner, shifts tone on police funding (inquirer.com)



As the Colorado River Shrinks, Washington Prepares to Spread the Pain – The New York Times (nytimes.com)



SEPTA CEO says Roosevelt Boulevard SEPTA line not feasible with agency’s current funding – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

American Airlines swings to profit in 4Q, offers bullish 2023 outlook – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Efforts to bring passenger rail back to NEPA keep chugging along – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)


Gun Safety

Monterey Park Mass Shooting: Sheriff Says 3 Weapons Were Recovered But No Clear Ties Between Shooter And Any Victims | LAist

A visit to ‘Baby Land’ shows the toll of gun violence on the youngest among us : Shots – Health News : NPR



Geisinger Health Plan wrongly rejected claims, including many for mental health, state says – pennlive.com


State News

Report: Pennsylvania’s slashed corporate tax rate still lags | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Should Pennsylvania pension funds to ditch Wall Street money managers? Gov thinks so | World/Nation | gwinnettdailypost.com

Pennsylvanians could be using mobile ID on their phones soon (inquirer.com)

Pa.’s Evans, Lee among congressional Dems condemning Biden admin’s expansion of Title 42 – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Fetterman named to Senate Agriculture, Banking committees, among others (abc27.com)

Rep. Mike Kelly named chairman of House Ways & Means tax subcommittee (goerie.com)

Former Pennsylvania Attorney General William Sennett passes away (abc27.com)

PPL customers react after getting high electric bills; company says bills estimated because of ‘system issue’ | Lehigh Valley Regional News | wfmz.com

PPL customers shocked by sky-high electric bills | Business | citizensvoice.com

UGI files request to raise rates again | Business | citizensvoice.com

Pa. gets failing marks for tobacco control policies | Friday Morning Coffee – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)


National News

New U.S. race, ethnicity standards proposed; first since 1997 (inquirer.com)

FDA to make it easier for gay and bisexual men to donate blood : Shots – Health News : NPR

Tyre Nichols death: 5 Memphis ex-cops jailed and charged with Nichols’ murder : NPR

DeSantis faces backlash after Florida rejects African American studies course : NPR

Auschwitz liberation anniversary noted as war continues in nearby Ukraine – pennlive.com

Netanyahu’s radical cabinet ministers ignore history and pursue one undemocratic state. | Opinion (inquirer.com)


Local News

West Chester Food Cupboard gets funding for expansion – Daily Local

New 108-room hotel to be built in West Chester – Daily Local

Lancaster Mayor Sorace delivers fifth ‘State of the City’ address (abc27.com)

Lancaster Mayor Danene Sorace seeks home rule charter to ease deficit | Local News | lancasteronline.com

Conservative activists protest outside Rep. Cutler town hall in Strasburg Twp. | Local News | lancasteronline.com

Reading Mayor Eddie Moran says city government, residents and others must work together (readingeagle.com)

Plan OK’d to build 3 warehouses near Cumberland Valley High School – pennlive.com

After decades at Westgate Mall, several merchants told they have to leave to make way for renovations. Some are shutting down for good. – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Officials: One step left for Johnstown’s Act 47 exit | News | tribdem.com

Lancaster community comes together to support resident Edna Amaro with GoFundMe, email tip line | Local News | lancasteronline.com

Loch Nairn Golf Club in Chester County becomes a park (inquirer.com)

Perry Co. receives ‘main street’ designation in community and economic development program – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Marconi, Gilbert McBride won’t seek reelection to Wilkes-Barre council | News | citizensvoice.com



Feds issue update, but no conclusion, on Fern Hollow Bridge collapse | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

‘A big number’: Allegheny County Council action could trigger thousands of assessment appeals — retroactively | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Fern Hollow Bridge: A year of rebuilding (post-gazette.com)

Feds issue update, but no conclusion, on Fern Hollow Bridge collapse probe | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



Philly’s Right to Counsel gives tenants facing eviction free legal help (inquirer.com)

FDR Park’s Southeast Asian Market will find a permanent home in southwest corner of park, city announces (inquirer.com)

Water bills in Philadelphia to increase over the next two years (inquirer.com)

Luxury apartments displace artists at Viking Mills in E. Kensington (inquirer.com)

City Council resolution condemns Union League for DeSantis honor | Local News | phillytrib.com

District partners with building trades union for apprenticeship training | Local News | phillytrib.com

City Council business | Local News | phillytrib.com

‘This is a brotherhood’: Philadelphians voice support for ‘bike life’ at community forum | Local News | phillytrib.com

FDR Park community meeting draws hundreds, starts off in tense face-off (inquirer.com)

Philly’s Right to Counsel gives tenants facing eviction free legal help (inquirer.com)

Developer near Delaware SEPTA stop shifts plans from offices to warehouse (inquirer.com)



National Archives asks past presidents, VPs to look for classified items (inquirer.com)

Democrats won’t cut spending to raise debt ceiling, Hakeem Jeffries says : NPR

Doug Emhoff visits Europe to raise Holocaust awareness and fight antisemitism : NPR