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Pa. state budget update: lawmakers making final touches for June 30 deadline (

It’s budget week in Pa. Here’s what to watch for. | City & State PA (

Save it or spend it? Flush with money, Pa.’s state budgeteers wrestle with this rare dilemma –

This Pa. budget season, we must invest in safer communities | Opinion | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Poll: Pa. should use stim funds to help low-income Black, Brown & white households | Monday Morning Coffee | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Your View: How to create fair voting districts in Pennsylvania – The Morning Call (

Despite questions on process, Senate committee advances proposed constitutional change on Voter ID | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Pennsylvania election reform: an effort to suppress Democratic votes – The Morning Call (

Pennsylvania House advances bill to reform elections, including voter ID requirement – The Morning Call (

Poll finds majority of Pennsylvanians support voter photo ID requirement | Today in Pa. –

Voting bill seeks uniformity, access, security, modernization (

Republican voting legislation a solution in search of a problem (

Pa. House ready to pass elections overhaul bill in partisan vote (

Mental Health Days for Students – Erie News Now | WICU and WSEE in Erie, PA

Senate Passes Bill To Remove Educational Roadblocks For Students – WDAC

State Senate panel approves House-passed bill on Down syndrome abortions | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Abortion bill moves toward Gov. Wolf’s desk | News |

OP-ED: Film industry incentive means more money, jobs in Pa. | Op-Ed |

(172) Why This Pa. State Senator Wants Tighter Clean Water Standards | NBC10 – YouTube

Stage set for debate on Pa. House’s election reform bill (

Pennsylvania Senate GOP edges toward Arizona-style election audit | TheHill

Argall says he got call from Trump, agrees audit could restore public’s faith in election process | Election |

Pennsylvania Lawmaker Eyes Arizona-Like Audit of 2020 Election Results to ‘Restore’ Public Trust – Sputnik International (

State proposes a charter school accountability plan to save nearly $400 million | Smart Talk (

How one Pennsylvania lawmaker billed taxpayers $1.8 million in expenses | WITF

Wolf must veto these bills defanging Pa.’s power to fight climate change | Opinion | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Poll: State residents back shifting casino tax subsidies away from the horses – The Morning Call (

All Sunday hunting restrictions would be cancelled by new bill –

Guest column: We need to address infrastructure needs today | Opinion |

Latino Affairs Caucus receives official recognition from Pa. General Assembly | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Editorial: Holding university funding hostage won’t solve this impasse |


Coronavirus – COVID-19

U.S. hitting encouraging milestones on virus deaths and shots | Coronavirus |

Non-essential travel restrictions between U.S., Mexico and Canada extended through July 21 (

Dangerous Delta Variant Likely To Quickly Dominate In U.S., Scientists Say : Shots – Health News : NPR

More employers considering covid vaccine mandates. Experts expect the trend to accelerate. – Philadelphia Business Journal (

State masking order is to end June 28; health experts encourage people to get vaccinated (

A week ahead of masking order’s end, COVID-19 cases remain low in Pennsylvania | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Three-quarters of Pa. adults opt for COVID-19 vaccine –

COVID-19 might cause ‘significant effects’ on the brain, including memory: scientists –

Mascots Victor Vaccine and Phillie Phanatic receive vaccine at Elmwood Park Zoo | Local News |

Acting Philadelphia health commissioner warns residents about COVID-19 Delta variant | Local News |

More than 200 added to county’s fully vaccinated list | coronavirus |

Philly hits a vaccine milestone: 70% of adults have received at least one dose (



Two central Pa. nursing homes among 12 in the state with workers set to go on strike (

Nursing home workers authorize strikes statewide; extra funding on Harrisburg priority list | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Survey finds majority of parents want to continue remote work post-pandemic (

Amazon, Facebook, Twitter and other tech employees want remote work. Many will quit without it. – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Rate of workers voluntarily leaving their jobs hit an all-time high both in the Midstate and nationwide (

Analysis indicates Pennsylvania could benefit from a worker freedom law | Pennsylvania |

Cheswick closure in southwest Pennsylvania latest coal casualty | Pennsylvania |

Downtown York saw 32 business open and 13 expand last year (

Earn while you learn: Erie County companies have jobs to fill in manufacturing (

NEPA Job Fair set for June 28 | Times Leader

DuckDuckGo draws $100M in new investments (



More Police Officers Died On The Job So Far This Year Than In 2020 : NPR

Erie traffic enforcement: Police increasing details as traffic increases (

John Bey tapped as Lancaster’s new police chief | Local News |

Lackawanna County Sheriff’s Office disbanding horse unit | News |

Philly gun violence stretches into Monday leaving at least 9 shot and 46-year-old dead (

Philly school teacher Christopher O’Sullivan sentenced to 15 years for sexually exploiting students. (

Ohio man sues Pa. state police over Megan’s Law charge | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



Drexel University weighs $1B fundraising campaign – Philadelphia Business Journal (

University of the Sciences President Paul Katz to retire ahead of St. Joseph’s merger – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Campus leaders at Boston University, Amherst College, Tufts University and other schools take sides as Biden mounts push for free community college – Philadelphia Business Journal (

New curriculum: Erie School District spends $1M on art, music, phys ed (

Clergy, teachers rally outside Martin’s district office to equitably fund Lancaster’s public schools | PA Power and Policy |

Rally takes aim at Sen. Bob Mensch, urging him to support fair school funding | News |

Op-Ed: PA should consolidate racetracks not universities (

Race teaching laws go local | News, Sports, Jobs – Altoona Mirror

Dodson Elementary parents briefed on move to Mackin | Education |

Franklin Regional’s 2021-22 budget includes maximum allowed tax hike |



Val Arkoosh just scored a big endorsement in Pennsylvania’s 2022 Senate race | Lifestyles |

Gerow Announces Bid for Governor | PoliticsPA

What Is Ranked-Choice Voting, And Why Is New York Using It? : NPR

Elected vs. appointed county manager debate continues | News |

Coatesville Democrats resign in protest over racial issues | Local-news |

Luzerne County Democrats lost most voters due to recent purge | Times Leader

Republican National Committee lambastes VP Harris for visiting Pittsburgh instead of border |



Fighting Climate Change Can Also Mean Improving Equity : NPR

Activists travel from Dunmore to Scranton to protest environmental concerns | News |

Phila. firm CES helps make wind and solar power work: It’s the ‘FedEx of the energy business’ | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



Could rail service between New York and the Lehigh Valley become reality? – The Morning Call (

What would Amtrak’s proposed Lehigh Valley to NYC route look like? This new report has the details. –

American Airlines to trim about two flights a day at PHL in July – The Morning Call (

Interstate 83 Exit 4: New diverging diamond opening soon, Route 851 to be closed for weekend (

Pennsylvania’s interstates need major improvements, national report shows | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



Study names Temple University Hospital the most racially inclusive in Pa.; many urban hospital markets lag behind | WITF

Hospitals And Insurers Invest Big Dollars To Tackle Patients’ Social Needs : Shots – Health News : NPR

Nursing home deaths up 32% in 2020 amid pandemic | Coronavirus |

Students studying medicine grapple with career path in light of pandemic: ‘Did I make the right decision?’ (

Device makers have funneled billions to orthopedic surgeons who use their products (

Medicaid enrollment swells during the pandemic, reaching a new high | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


State News

Harris promotes anti-poverty program during Pittsburgh visit | WITF

In Pittsburgh, Vice President Kamala Harris touts child tax credit | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (

WATCH VIDEO | VP Harris calls child tax credit in American Rescue Plan ‘historic’ measure for families, communities | Local News |

Harris touts administration’s plans to help families, organized labor |

U.S. defense official seeks manufacturing insights at South Scranton plant | Business |

Former Pa. Gov. Tom Ridge’s condition upgraded to stable –

Destination PA: Joe Biden Tour (

See how housing prices changed in your Pa. ZIP code over the past year –

Editorial: Lead poisoning has lingered far too long | Opinion |

Child Tax Credit Awareness Day: Payments to 3 million families in Pennsylvania begin in July | The Bucks County Herald

PHEAA trims workforce by 37 positions through early retirement offer |


National News

Raider, former PSU star Nassib becomes first active NFL player to come out as gay | |

Carl Nassib Is The First Active NFL Player To Come Out As Gay : NPR

Former PSU football player Carl Nassib comes out as gay via social media (

Federal child tax credits to hit bank accounts of eligible parents on July 15, many families will get $250-$300 per month | National News |

New York City Mayor’s Race: Get Caught Up On Primary Day : NPR

Weightlifter Laurel Hubbard Will Be The First Openly Trans Athlete In Olympics : NPR

UNC Tried To Give Nikole Hannah-Jones Tenure. A Top Donor Objected : NPR

The Supreme Court Sides With NCAA Athletes In A Narrow Ruling : NPR

College athletes score a big win in the U.S. Supreme Court in NCAA dispute | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

EXPLAINER: The Supreme Court ruling against the NCAA | Sports |

After backlash over removing holiday names from school calendar, N.J. district puts them back –

Most major metropolitan areas have become more racially segregated, study shows | Across America |

Black America needs a ‘New Normal’: Equitable credit access to build wealth | Commentary |

EU launches new probe of Google’s conduct in digital ad tech sector | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

U.S. appeals court blocks judge’s decision to overturn California’s assault weapons ban | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Controversial St. Croix refinery shuts indefinitely given ‘extreme financial constraints’ | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


Local News

Bike Works expands to Newtown; officials cut the ribbon on Promenade location | Business |

How would you make Bethlehem’s Broad Street safer? City officials want to know – The Morning Call (

New program seeks Washington County residents’ help to bridge divides (

Pocono Raceway will reopen to fans with 2021 NASCAR Doubleheader (

Hope Salon owner arranges Hanover’s first LGBTQ+ Pride Fest (

York County SPCA cuts adoption fees for a week after surge in strays (

Local gymnast Addison Fatta is seeking a spot on the US Olympic team | Olympics |

Real estate market going through the roof in Chester County as bidding wars intensify | Local-news |

After calls for its destruction, Columbus monument in Bethlehem is moving –

Holocaust Museum and Education Center is envisioned for Berks Military History Museum | Local News |

Schuylkill County keeps prison medical provider | News |

Hazleton firefighters honored for rescue efforts | News |



Pittsburgh businessman announces long-shot bid to buy the Pirates | WITF

Police-reform activists call for decrease in Pittsburgh police funding and increase in community investment | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (

Pittsburgh transferring some public safety facilities to former veterans hospital property | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

PHOTOS: Juneteenth & Black Music Festival at Point State Park | Pittsburgh City Photos | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (

Hello, AO: Allegheny Overlook concert series launches with grand opening weekend | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh to hold giveaway for children’s flotation devices | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

‘This is really personal and important for me’: Penn Hills artist to restore anti-violence mural in Homewood | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



Philadelphia gym owners reflect on devastating year as recovery finally begins – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Visit Philadelphia re-emphasizes diversity and inclusion in summer marketing campaign – Philadelphia Business Journal (

American Airlines seeks delay in benefits bill but city council press ahead (

Philly’s 2021 LGBTQ ‘Pride lite’ festival canceled as group dissolves after backlash (



Democrats’ Effort To Overhaul Voting Rights Expected To Stall On Procedural Vote : NPR

GOP ready to block elections bill in Senate showdown | National and World |

Manchin puts forth voting rights deal but GOP not budging | ABC27

At apex of his power, Joe Manchin finds few allies in quest for bipartisanship | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Dems push permanence for child tax credit | ABC27

Filibuster Rules Debated Again With Voting Rights Bill Vote : NPR

US official to address legacy of Indigenous boarding schools | WITF

On his way out the door, Pa.’s Toomey calls for Biden to be investigated over personnel practices | Tuesday Morning Coffee | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

In response to the silencing of conservative voices, Bucks Congressman joins colleagues in introducing Campus Free Speech Act | News |

Smucker angry that billionaires’ taxes were leaked to news outlet | PA Power and Policy |

Key House Dem, Republican optimistic infrastructure deal will ‘get over the finish line’ — full interview – CNN Video


Rachel Levine answers Sen. Rand Paul’s criticism in CBS interview |