Gov. Wolf heads into last budget season with flush state coffers (abc27.com)

Pennsylvania redistricting tensions: Homes of Scavello and Boscola may end up in same district, but Scavello says election faceoff won’t happen – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Lawmaker calls for public hearing on Pennsylvania Senate, House legislative maps | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Kyle Sammin: Pa. State House map slants toward Dems and away from the state constitution (broadandliberty.com)

Redistricting disputes between Pa. politicians, local leaders continue (abc27.com)

Rep. Wendi Thomas: New maps for House districts are unfair and less competitive (broadandliberty.com)

Daryl Metcalfe plans to retire from public service after 24 years | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)

Longtime Pa. lawmaker to retire – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Pa. State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe announces retirement (abc27.com)

Court asked to require accredited lab in GOP ‘investigation’ in Pennsylvania | WITF

3 Chester County park upgrades get $900,000 in state funding (dailylocal.com)

Main Line Chamber of Commerce (via Public) / Ardmore Initiative Gets $25K For Façade Improvement (publicnow.com)


Coronavirus – COVID-19

Biden urges concern, not alarm as omicron rises | News | phillytrib.com

The coronavirus in Pennsylvania, by the numbers | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)

‘A call to immediate action’: COVID cases, hospitalizations surging in Allegheny County, across Pa. | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Payroll data shows the toll of Omicron on the service sector – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

U.S. COVID cases are on the rise, but this doctor sees hope on the horizon : Coronavirus Updates : NPR

Israel sets COVID-19 record as rule changes create whiplash : NPR

CDC says a test to get out of COVID isolation is not needed : NPR

State calls for ‘immediate action’ as COVID-19 numbers climb, Cambria adds 264 cases | Coronavirus | tribdem.com

Guest editorial | ‘The results of the vaccines are very good’ | Editorials | tribdem.com

Rural communities across Pa. take advantage of free COVID testing (abc27.com)

Supreme Court confirms justices have received COVID-19 booster | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Oral COVID-19 medications have shipped, but good luck getting a prescription in Pennsylvania | WITF

The CDC now recommends Pfizer boosters after 5 months, down from 6 | WITF

Erie’s COVID-19 test sites see long lines, positivity rate climbs (goerie.com)



A record 4.5 million Americans quit their jobs in November | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Supply Chain Woes Prompt a New Push to Revive U.S. Factories – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Organic Milk Farmers in Northeast Under Pressure as Processors Look West – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

IRS sets new business mileage rates for 2022 – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)



64 Pennsylvania residents arrested for U.S. Capitol rioting (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

On Second Thought . . . How About Funding Police Again? – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Pennsylvania man free after 37 years due to ‘sex for lies’ false witness | WITF

Nationwide vigils called for justice in death of Pocono teen (poconorecord.com)



Pa. school funding trial resumes in Commonwealth Court. Here’s what to know – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

MCCC gets $1.1M grant for wellness center in Pottstown (dailylocal.com)

Omicron variant impacts school districts, as students return to classes in 2022 (abc27.com)

‘Slight uptick’ as schools welcome students back after holiday break | Coronavirus | tribdem.com

Lancaster County school officials adjust to ongoing surge in COVID-19 cases | Local News | lancasteronline.com

Universities on omicron: ‘Shelter in place,’ travel ban, online classes, delays | National | thecentersquare.com

Central Dauphin changing school schedules due to ‘COVID’s impact on transportation’ (abc27.com)

As COVID cases rise, more than 700 students were absent in Lehigh Valley district – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Lehigh Valley school mask rules – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

‘Reckless’: Penn State community criticizes university’s decision to start spring semester in person – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

To mask or not: Some school districts retain requirements, others are going mask optional amid latest COVID-19 surge – pennlive.com

Bidding leads to $1 million increase in transportation costs for Scranton schools | Education | thetimes-tribune.com

Enrollment at Pennsylvania colleges continue to decline. Check by school (poconorecord.com)



Shapiro endorses Pa. lieutenant governor candidate – pennlive.com

Shapiro backs Pittsburgh-area lawmaker to be running mate (abc27.com)

State Rep. Austin Davis enters LG race with Josh Shapiro’s backing | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)

Here’s where election-denying candidates are running to control voting : NPR

The only person to beat Obama in an election will leave Congress : NPR

U.S. Senate race in Pennsylvania: Here’s who is running, so far (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Who wants to run for governor as a Republican in 2022? | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)

PODCAST: Republican Dave White Says PA Needs ‘Blue Collar Outsider’ for Governor – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

TRACY: Why the Pennsylvania GOP Gubernatorial Primary Debate Matters – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

We asked GOP Senate candidates if they would have backed Pa.’s 2020 election results. They wouldn’t say. (inquirer.com)

What the Capitol insurrection changed about Americans’ beliefs in conspiracy theories | Opinion – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)



Penn State study: Pa. flood risk rising with climate change | Wednesday Morning Coffee – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)



Virginia officials defend response to snowy gridlock on I-95 : NPR

The crashes are cleared that stranded drivers in freezing temperatures on I-95 : NPR

Sen. Tim Kaine: ‘Miserable’ commute became a survival project – pennlive.com

Support for Scranton-to-NYC passenger train project picks up steam | News | thetimes-tribune.com



Temple University Hospital finds new CEO in-house – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Where are flu rates highest in Pennsylvania? Map – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Chester County hospitals to receive strike teams to help with pandemic – Daily Local

Delaware County Memorial Hospital to close its maternity ward – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Jefferson selling naming rights, starting at $50K, for exam rooms in new Center City tower – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

This new ovarian cancer treatment could improve survival rates | 5 Questions (inquirer.com)

UPMC Children’s expands covid unit as precautionary step | TribLIVE.com


State News

Casinos in Pennsylvania not ready to stop people from lighting up while gambling – WPXI

Pennsylvania recovers more than $3M in labor violations | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Snow to fall in central Pennsylvania as the Pennsylvania Farm Show is set to open Saturday (ydr.com)

Season’s 1st winter snowfall headed to Western Pennsylvania | TribLIVE.com


National News

How Gunfire Is Killing More American Children – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Chicago public school classes are canceled after teachers union backs remote learning : NPR

Albany County DA Drops Criminal Complaint Against Andrew Cuomo – Gothamist

Hogan named co-chair of Appalachian Regional Commission | Maryland | thecentersquare.com

Canada pledges $31.5 billion to settle fight over Indigenous child welfare system | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

U.S. arrests, charges suspect in Haitian president slaying | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Sure, things seem bad. But there are some reasons to be cheerful in 2022 | Bruce Ledewitz – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Trump cancels Florida press conference scheduled for Jan. 6 | TribLIVE.com


Local News

Lancaster police Chief Bey reflects on a year on the job | Local News | lancasteronline.com

Newtown business owners want more safety measures on Sycamore Street (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Berks County commissioners acknowledge Sunshine Act violation (readingeagle.com)

Harrisburg killings drop in 2021, defying national trend – pennlive.com

Study shows rural home sales increased 7% during pandemic (poconorecord.com)

Rising coronavirus cases prompt restricted access to Luzerne County government buildings | Times Leader

Restrictions returning as COVID-19 cases surge in Luzerne County | coronavirus | citizensvoice.com

Newport commissioners voice support for $6B gasoline plant | News | citizensvoice.com



West Deer rejects gas well amid growing opposition to fracking in Allegheny County | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

Ed Gainey sworn in as Pittsburgh’s first Black mayor; addresses questions on policing | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

Taking the reins, new Pgh Mayor Ed Gainey addresses questions of police-community relations – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

PPS moves more schools to remote learning as COVID cases cause staff shortages | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Former Allegheny County controller Mark Patrick Flaherty dies of COVID-19 complications | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Jim Rogers’ ‘accidental’ death leaves questions | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh to close for 5 days due to staffing shortages | TribLIVE.com



Philly Health Department warns of possible COVID-19 testing scam | Local News | phillytrib.com

84 Philly schools move to virtual learning temporarily due to staffing challenges | Local News | phillytrib.com

Inside “The Promise”: Moving 100,000 People out of Poverty by 2025 – Philadelphia Magazine (phillymag.com)

Man fatally shot during struggle with armed robbery suspect in North Philadelphia – 6abc Philadelphia

Philadelphia City Planning Commission outlines changes to civic design review process – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Philly planning officials expect more big real estate projects in 2022 despite property-tax break’s partial lapse (inquirer.com)

Helping youth, stopping violence: Philly City Council members outline 2022 goals – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Philadelphia trash collection delayed by staffing shortages (inquirer.com)

Some Philadelphia School District students returned to school Tuesday, though 92 schools remain virtual (inquirer.com)

City to honor Visit Philly’s Jeff Guaracino on the day of his funeral | Local News | phillytrib.com



Shapiro backs Pittsburgh-area lawmaker to be running mate (abc27.com)

House Jan. 6 committee seeks to question Fox News’ Sean Hannity about the Capitol riot | WITF

Prosecutors Move Quickly on Jan. 6 Cases, but Big Questions Remain – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

‘Preserving Democracy’ documentary to air on anniversary of Capitol riots | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Schumer says Senate will vote by Jan. 17 on changing rules if GOP continues to block voting-rights legislation | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Manchin wary of changing Senate rules to advance voting bill | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Capitol Hill Dems push to rescue climate plan in Biden’s spending package – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)