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Pa.’s $40 billion budget includes more money for poorest school districts, saves bulk of federal relief funding (

Pa. House passes $40B budget with more money for schools, saving most federal relief aid | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

State lawmakers unveil a $39.8 billion budget plan | City & State PA (

Pa. lawmakers pass $40 billion budget, save $7 billion (

Lawmakers vote to bank pandemic funds, boost schools funding | National and World |

No tax cuts for all, but tax breaks for some in Pennsylvania budget package –

Pennsylvania lawmakers vote to bank pandemic funds, boost schools funding – The Morning Call (

Wolf to sign $40.8B budget that spends on education, saves billions for the future | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Pa. House passes state budget (

Pennsylvania House and Senate pass budget for 2021-22 (

Lancaster’s 3 poorest school districts will get bump under $100 million investment in Pa. budget | PA Power and Policy |

Pa. budget passes with more money for schools, nursing homes (

State legislators send $39.8B budget to Wolf; plan holds back $5B in ARP funds | News |

Republicans unveil budget that puts pandemic funds in bank | Times Leader

College athletes in line to gain control over image, likeness in Pa. budget bill | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

To-go cocktails legislation appears dead in Pennsylvania Senate — at least for the summer (

Wolf’s picks for adjutant general, major general confirmed by Pennsylvania lawmakers | Pennsylvania |

Kayden’s Law passes Pennsylvania State Senate; now goes to House | Times Leader

Kayden’s Law: Pennsylvania State Senate passes child custody reform bill (

Kayden’s Law in memory of 7-year-old would reform Pennsylvania’s child custody statute (

Milk Date Code Bill Passes | Main Edition |

Talks About Adult-Use Cannabis Bills Heat Up in Pennsylvania; Introduction Does Not – Cannabis Business Times

Sen. Boscola supports Senate passage of 5G wireless infrastructure bill – Pennsylvania Business Report (

Pa.’s push to arm local police with radar is for profit, not safety | Letter –

Pa. Senate passes election reform bill (

Voting Rights Protection Act Heads to Governor’s Desk, Grove Says –

Pa. Senate approves elections bill in partisan vote, Wolf will veto (

Pa. Senate sends election law rewrite to Wolf, who promises veto over Voter ID language | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Pennsylvania Senate approves election reform bill; Gov. Tom Wolf veto anticipated – The Morning Call (

Pa. Senate approves elections bill in partisan vote, Wolf will veto (

Pennsylvania governor says he’s preparing veto pen for election reform bill | Pennsylvania |

Senate passes major election reform bill; Wolf set to veto (

Zimmerman 1 of 3 GOP reps to oppose bill to reform state’s voting law, says he still doubts 2020 election | PA Power and Policy |

Potentially life-saving prior authorization, step therapy bill moves out of Pa. Senate Committee (

Pa. lawmakers should say ‘yes’ to RGGI and clean air for our kids (

Bill cleaning up Pa.’s medical marijuana law, without home growing provision, heads to Wolf | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Pa. lawmakers approve a bill that lets students repeat a year because of COVID-19 (


Coronavirus – COVID-19

Gov. Wolf: 75% of Pennsylvania’s adults have received first COVID-19 vaccination (

State health department lifts universal mask mandate on Monday | City & State PA (

Pa. hits national vaccine milestone, Wolf admin. to lift masking orders next week | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Pa. mask mandate lifts Monday, but Health Dept. reminds businesses can still require them (

COVID-19 cases in Erie County and most of Pennsylvania decline (

Man with longest-known COVID infection to date had virus for 10 months: ‘Every day I live now is a bonus’ –



Companies seek workers as labor shortages affect trash pickups (

SBA’s PPP forgiveness process is about to get much easier for larger loans – Philadelphia Business Journal (



Study isn’t a ‘mechanism’ to close Perry County prison, officials say –

Philadelphia police sued over fatal shooting last year in Grays Ferry (



Justice Department suing Georgia over voting restrictions | News |

Sean Parnell: Critical race theory ‘will cost lives on the battlefield’ –

Tucker Carlson doubles down on criticisms of Gen. Mark Milley and accuses him of a ‘race attack’ – News Colony

Reader Poll: Democrats Should Nominate Kenyatta for U.S. Senate in 2022 | PoliticsPA

After municipal primary ballot issues, Lancaster County ends relationship with mail ballot vendor | PA Power and Policy |



DEP grants Rockhill Quarry owner extension on asbestos study (



Paid Sick Leave Remains Live Issue At Allegheny County Board Of Health | 90.5 WESA


State News

How the state’s richest charity spends its money: The Milton Hershey School, by the numbers · Spotlight PA

Pennsylvania gaming revenue rebounding, according to report | Pennsylvania |

Pennsylvania ag officials pay $5.1 million to preserve 2,305 acres of farmland | Pennsylvania |

Cannonball! Former lieutenant governor’s residence swimming pool set to open –

Broadband expansion vital to Pa. students, economy and health care (

Pa. lawmakers should say ‘yes’ to RGGI and clean air for our kids (

DCNR staff recognized for keeping state parks accessible, safe for visitors during pandemic | The Bucks County Herald

Department of Human Services announces distribution of $224 million in food assistance for families with young children | The Bucks County Herald

Explainer: Will Pa. evictions spike despite rental help? | WITF


National News

Judge sentences Derek Chauvin to over 22 years for murder of George Floyd (

Florida judge blocks USDA debt relief payments to Black farmers | Business |

N.J. proposes a first-in-the-nation anti-hunger advocate along with other legislation to help the food-insecure (

Three weeks to final campus merger vote, NCAA says it still awaits information it needs | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Report showed major damage before Florida condo collapse | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


Local News

Junior Police Academy returns to Chester County after pandemic hiatus | Local-news |

Bucks County Opportunity Council’s emergency food program delivers (

Erie Pride Month and beyond: Virtual festival, vehicle parade, art exhibit planned (

Erie restaurants: Extended hours, choices await patrons (

Griffin ready to take the reins as chamber’s first woman president | Business |

NEPA mayors seek repeal of state fireworks sales law | News |

West Hazleton Council appoints former police chief to full-time public safety director post | News |



Port Authority approves fare increase, along with free transfers starting in 2022 | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (

Pittsburgh Public Schools form committee to guide relief funds spending | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh Activist Reflects On Derek Chauvin Receiving 22.5 Years For Killing George Floyd – CBS Pittsburgh (

Children’s Museum Of Pittsburgh And MuseumLab Reopen With New Exhibits – CBS Pittsburgh (



City officials encourage residents to claim child tax credit | Local News |

Bill that would end discriminatory motor vehicles stops reintroduced in City Council | PhillyVoice

Philadelphians weigh in on Chauvin’s sentence for murdering George Floyd | Local News |

Dr. Ala Stanford continues the fight to save lives in Philadelphia’s communities of color | Local News |

Laborers’ District Council opens new training center in North Philadelphia | Local News |

Philly announces first winners of its vaccine lottery (



House Dems head off retirement crisis — for now – POLITICO

Pennsylvania youth trek to White House to support climate justice initiative – WHYY

Biden nominates Chadds Ford man to board of National Institute of Building Sciences | Local News |

On border tour, Harris laments ‘infighting’ over immigration | National and World |

Congress votes to reinstate methane rules loosened by Trump | Business |

Biden’s Infrastructure Plan Is A Win For Him But May Be A Tough Sell To Congress : NPR