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Pa. Senate Democrats demand Republicans pass gas tax holiday: ‘It’s time to free the funds’ – pennlive.com

Pa. Democrats push gas tax holiday, strengthening state price gouging laws to help alleviate impact of inflation | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Gas Tax Holiday Sought By PA Senate Democrats – WDAC

Pa. legislators introduce bills to help residents at the pump, target price gouging (abc27.com)

Pa. senators worry about farm harvests amid diesel fuel outages, price surge (mcall.com)

House Democrats pitch bills to take on price-fixing and price-gouging – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Top Pa. lawmakers have tentative deal to ban private money, increase funding for county election offices · Spotlight PA

Santarsiero introduces bill to ban military assault weapons in PA – Lower Bucks Times

Bill package aims to prohibit for-profit companies from buying hospitals in Pennsylvania | PhillyVoice

Pa. moves closer to having a bigger role in deciding winner in presidential primaries – pennlive.com

Gov. Wolf promises veto on Pennsylvania ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill – CBS Pittsburgh (cbsnews.com)

Pa. ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill advances in state Senate (mcall.com)

Pa. Senate committee advances public school voucher proposal | News | meadvilletribune.com

Bill seeks to ensure dead people don’t receive public benefits – pennlive.com

Bill Checks PA Death Certificates To Stop Fraud – WDAC

GOP effort to expand poll watcher access advances in state House – City & State Pennsylvania (cityandstatepa.com)

GOP effort to expand poll watcher access advances in state House – City & State Pennsylvania (cityandstatepa.com)

Bills on poll watchers, earlier presidential primary advance (abc27.com)

Bills on poll watchers, earlier presidential primary advance in Pennsylvania House – Daily Local

Four Troublesome Provisions in the Senate Gun Bill – and a ‘Be on the Lookout’ Warning – RedState

PA Senate reviewing bill that could result in prison time for setting off fireworks (fox29.com)

Greasing skids for privatization | | republicanherald.com

Labor advocates wary of classification bill despite support from gig workers – City & State Pennsylvania (cityandstatepa.com)

Pa. LGBTQ Affairs boss says Lancaster County legislators out to ‘politicize LGBTQ people’ | Local News | lancasteronline.com

Members of the LGBTQ community denounce new, so-called ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bills – City & State Pennsylvania (cityandstatepa.com)

Divided Pa. Senate panel advances 2 bills limiting sexual content in public schools – pennlive.com

Pa. ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill advances in state Senate (mcall.com)

With 5,400 overdose deaths, Pennsylvania House moves to legalize fentanyl test strips | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

PA House committee passes bill limiting wind turbines near military bases (abc27.com)

Pa. House passes bill to give amusement parks flexibility selling alcohol (mcall.com)

Lawmaker wants Penn State to report location, condition of Joe Paterno statue | TribLIVE.com

Boscola Secures $2 million for “The Marquis” Project in the City of Easton | The Valley Ledger | Its All About The Lehigh Valley

$400,000 PA Grant For Coatesville Home Repairs | West Chester, PA Patch

Chester County attorneys Forzato, Mincarelli get nod from Senate panel – Daily Local

Counties struggling as state funding for mental health programs lags behind need for services | The Bucks County Herald

Governor Wolf stimulus update: $2,000 checks proposed (abc27.com)

 

Coronavirus – COVID-19

New COVID-19 variants raise limited worries of new spikes (abc27.com)

 

Business/Jobs

Amazon seeks to overturn union victory in marathon Zoom hearing : NPR

The government wants a court to reinstate fired unionizing Starbucks employees : NPR

Here’s how Lancaster County’s tourism industry adapts to a worker shortage | Local News | lancasteronline.com

Gas prices drop 1 cent at a time, Pa. average now slightly under $5 a gallon – pennlive.com

Don’t blame Biden for higher gas prices | Editorial (inquirer.com)

 

Crime/Punishment

The imprisoned are living with mental illness. States are ill-equipped to help | Thursday Coffee – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Proud Boys riot trial delayed due to Jan. 6 committee hearings | WITF

Nearly halfway through 2022, shootings continue at a record pace in Philadelphia, with murders slightly down (inquirer.com)

Jayana Webb’s murder charges dismissed, then refiled, in I-95 crash deaths of troopers, man (inquirer.com)

 

Education

Supreme Court rules Maine’s tuition assistance program must cover religious schools | WITF

Teacher burnout has hit a record high: 5 essential reads | Analysis – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Guest Opinion: Unfair state funding level hurts Pennridge schools (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Anti-mask suits: Cases against Millcreek, North East reach new stage (goerie.com)

Parkland raises taxes for first time in 2 years (mcall.com)

Educators at one Philly elementary school reflect on what was a complicated school year (inquirer.com)

 

Elections/Politics

U.S. House lawmakers, including Pa., warned about disinformation in upcoming campaigns – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Sharif Street makes history as first Black PA Democratic Party Chair | Al Día News (aldianews.com)

Pa. primary election set voter turnout records, and that’s not all the data showed – pennlive.com

Editor’s Note: Trump’s meddling in Pennsylvania’s election demands a redress – City & State Pennsylvania (cityandstatepa.com)

Will the Jan. 6 hearings turn the tide against Trump backers Oz, Mastriano? | Mark O’Keefe – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

PA Sen. race: National Education Association endorses Fetterman (abc27.com)

Fetterman, Shapiro Top AARP Poll – PoliticsPA

Fetterman leads Oz in Pennsylvania Senate race: poll (msn.com)

John Fetterman’s secret weapon to connecting with folks online: his wife, Gisele  | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

If Pa. Rep. Summer Lee wins election to Congress., who will succeed her in Harrisburg? – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Kathy Bozinski chosen to continue leading Luzerne County Democratic Party | Times Leader

Luzerne County Election Board awaiting mail ballot court ruling | Times Leader

Berks will cover mail ballots postage, add ballot drop box (readingeagle.com)

 

Environment

We should think creatively to stop dependence on Russian oil and gas | PennLive letters – pennlive.com

 

Transportation

PennDOT launches consumer website (dailylocal.com)

PennDOT, Maryland considering six alignments for final leg of Route 219; meeting planned | News | tribdem.com

 

Health

100M people in America are saddled with health care debt | Analysis – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Chester County Named One of the Healthiest in U.S. – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Walmart expands health services to address racial inequality | Business | phillytrib.com

Parkinson’s Foundation recruiting volunteers to educate hospital staff | WITF

WHO considers declaring monkeypox a global health emergency – pennlive.com

 

State News

For municipal pensions, the political incentive is to underfund and over-promise | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Op-Ed: Ten years of DACA success, but more work still remains (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Harrisburg hospitality executive named Pa. Restaurant & Lodging Association president/CEO – pennlive.com

Columbia Gas faces yet another settlement for too much pressure on its pipelines | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 

National News

Some states are changing the laws that govern community libraries : NPR

Texas Senator who represents Uvalde sues DPS over school shooting information request – Houston Public Media

After 29 years, Chicago woman tops public housing waitlist : NPR

Benching the patriarchy: 50 years of Title IX and how 4 women fought for change : NPR

Afghans bury dead, dig for survivors after quake kills 1,000 | News | tribdem.com

Daunte Wright’s family has reached a $3.25 million settlement with Brooklyn Center, Minnesota | Across America | phillytrib.com

Swimming’s new transgender policy could impact other sports | WITF

Polio virus is found in the U.K. for the first time in nearly 40 years : Goats and Soda : NPR

Washington Commanders owner launched a ‘shadow investigation’, House panel finds : NPR

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell testifies before Congress, which alleges ‘shadow’ probe by Commanders owner Daniel Snyder (inquirer.com)

Rare night-sky event on tap with 5 planets and moon all visible – pennlive.com

 

Local News

Plan for green hydrogen plant in Martic Township nixed, Plug Power officials confirm | Local News | lancasteronline.com

Upper Darby Councilwoman alleges harassment following contentious council meeting (broadandliberty.com)

Doylestown’s latest apartment complex unveiled | The Bucks County Herald

Residents pack Hilltown hearing on Venue development | The Bucks County Herald

Study proposes solutions for city residential parking issues (readingeagle.com)

Cumru residents push back against plans for 740,000-square-foot distribution center (readingeagle.com)

Residents turn out to support Harveys Lake zoning officer | News | citizensvoice.com

Scranton DPW director Preambo resigns | News | thetimes-tribune.com

Firefighters gear up for last six county fire convention | News | standardspeaker.com

These three Pa. amusement parks are also going cashless this summer – pennlive.com

 

Pitt

A Downtown Bakery Square? Developer mulls plan to convert Three Gateway Center to apartments | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Activist Leon Ford, outgoing Pittsburgh police Chief Schubert form nonprofit to improve police-youth relations | TribLIVE.com

Groups protest against planned AR-15 training in McCandless | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Free seminar in New Kensington to cover firearm safety, responsible gun ownership | TribLIVE.com

Scammers steal $11K from Somerset County after posing as commissioner, police say | TribLIVE.com

Specialty metals producer Allegheny Technologies moves headquarters to Texas, changes name | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 

Philly

Mayor Kenney announces Philadelphia’s 3 new community schools, funded by the soda tax | Local News | phillytrib.com

City Council’s tax-cutting budget deal represents a return to the center in Philly politics (inquirer.com)

‘It’s terrible:’ Philadelphia mayor sorry after lawyer from Philippines is fatally shot in Uber on way to airport; city offers $20,000 reward – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Most Philly workers are still remote as city works toward pandemic recovery (inquirer.com)

Is a safe-injection site a good idea in Philadelphia? | Pro/Con (inquirer.com)

Tax cuts are a signal to local entrepreneurs that Philly is open for business | Opinion (inquirer.com)

 

Washington

Why Some Republicans Are Second-Guessing Boycotting the Jan. 6 Panel – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

1/6 panel to hear of Trump’s pressure on Justice Department – Delco Times

Jeffrey Clark, focus of next Jan. 6 hearing, is a Philadelphia native (inquirer.com)

Trumpism is fascism, American-style | John L. Micek – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Biden pitches a summer gas tax holiday as price hovers around $5 a gallon – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Biden calls for a three-month suspension of gas and diesel taxes (inquirer.com)

Coalition behind gun bill reveals a sharp Senate Republican split (inquirer.com)