Sen. Lindsey Williams and Josh McNeil: Harrisburg and Washington must step up to save Pittsburgh transit options | TribLIVE.com

Readers React: Boscola deserves credit for shredding event – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Pennsylvania Senate Passes Constitutional Amendment to Require Voter ID for All Ballots (theepochtimes.com)

Pennsylvania Republicans’ election bill is more complicated than either party admits (inquirer.com)

Pennsylvania GOP lawmakers are pushing election changes based on lies | Editorials | phillytrib.com

Capitol Report | The Legal Intelligencer (law.com)

Kayden’s Law passes Pennsylvania State Senate; now goes to House (yahoo.com)

Gianficaro: Bucks judge’s ruling on Kayden Mancuso mandates his removal (theintell.com)

Sen. Schwank christens Friend Inc.’s new food pantry truck funded by DEP grant | Local News | berksmontnews.com

GOP Senator Overseeing PA Redistricting “Optimistic” About Outcome | Across Pennsylvania, PA Patch

New Pa. budget lessens nursing home concerns, but doesn’t immediately quell possible strikes – pennlive.com

Pa. received $7.3 billion in federal COVID-19 rescue aid. The new state budget spends $1 billion of that money. – pennlive.com

PA House and Senate pass $39 billion spending plan | WHP (local21news.com)

Pennsylvania devotes $8.2 million for education, job training for those with partly completed degrees | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Industry-specific tax breaks included in state’s 2021-22 budget | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

‘Your silence is deafening’: Here’s who came away empty-handed in this year’s Pa. budget vote | Monday Morning Coffee | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Lawmakers opt for saving over spending in Pennsylvania budget | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Allentown and Bethlehm school districts to get big boost in state education funding – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Lawmakers Pass 2021-2022 PA Budget | NewsTalk 93.9 & 910 WSBA (newstalkwsba.com)

Other Voices: Harrisburg must invest in safer communities | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pa. Student-athletes will soon be allowed to profit off name, image, likeness (abc27.com)

Name/image compensation for student-athletes proposed | WITF

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

Advocates call on governor to strengthen proposed methane rule before final consideration | StateImpact Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Law Cleanup Building — Homes Don’t Grow — Heading to Wolf – Pennsylvania News Today

Pennsylvania Senate Blocks Medical Marijuana Home Cultivation Amendment | Marijuana Moment

Changes to medical marijuana law approved by Legislature | WITF

Lawmakers step up when governor wouldn’t (onenewsnow.com)

Pa. Senate scuttles home grow amendment, but passes other provisions cleaning up state’s medical cannabis law | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

Four states propose laws to ban ransomware payments | CSO Online

Who needs Legislature? | Opinion | thetimes-tribune.com

Senate OKs extra protection for crime victims – The Mon Valley Independent

Eye on the Capitol: Congressional votes for the week of June 21-27 | Local News | tribdem.com

A new bill will allow drivers the option to donate to Pa Breast Cancer Coalition | News | northcentralpa.com

We found out how much lawmakers have spent on food, travel, lodging and others perks since 2017. Hint: It’s a lot. | PA Power and Policy | lancasteronline.com

House Dems Is Getting Into A Pension Crisis – For Now | Knews

Senate Republicans refuse to consider campaign finance amendments to HB1300 – US Politics Today – EIN Presswire (einnews.com)

Guy Ciarrocchi: PA unemployment remains unacceptably high — where’s the urgency in Harrisburg? (broadandliberty.com)

The Juvenile Justice Task Force report gave us a roadmap to reform. Now it’s up to lawmakers to finish the job | Opinion | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

To the Pennsylvania General Assembly: Public spaces never more important | The Bucks County Herald

Multi-state program has already reduced carbon emissions | The Bucks County Herald

A later last call? Legislation proposes extending bar hours to help businesses recover from pandemic | Business | standardspeaker.com

State police fee proposal would increase local spending by nearly $2 million | News | thetimes-tribune.com

Skepticism remains high over state police funding model | Investigative | citizensvoice.com

How Lehigh Valley-area legislators voted in U.S. House, Senate last week – The Morning Call (mcall.com)


Coronavirus – COVID-19

As variant rises, vaccine plan targets ‘movable middle’ | National and World | dailylocal.com

WHO urges continued mask-wearing, even for vaccinated individuals, as delta variant spreads (abc27.com)

Why Young Adults Are Among the Biggest Barriers to Mass Immunity – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

States hesitant to adopt digital COVID-19 vaccine verification | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pa. mask mandate lifts Monday, but Health Dept. reminds businesses can still require them (abc27.com)

Pennsylvania officially lifts indoor face mask mandate | WITF

Chester County’s COVID fight pays dividends; no more masks or public updates | Local-news | dailylocal.com

Local COVID-19 case rate continues slide; deaths reported in Westmoreland, Clearfield counties | Coronavirus | tribdem.com

Monroe Emergency Management offices to close COVID vaccine clinics (poconorecord.com)

Locals share range of opinions on end of state’s mask mandate | Coronavirus | standardspeaker.com

The vaccination debate on college campuses: A mandate or not? And for whom? (inquirer.com)



‘Amenities arms race is over’ in multifamily and other observations from Bernardon – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Montgomery County cybersecurity startup Myota expects rapid growth – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

As Manayunk’s arts festival drew crowds, some fumed about Pa.’s stalled cocktails-to-go bill (inquirer.com)

Electric truck startup Lordstown Motors works to fill former GM space, roll out its first pickup | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

‘It’s more than our mortgage’: Pandemic highlights cost of child care, other challenges moms and employees face | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh-area restaurants struggle with short staffs as diners return | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



As Amish woman slaying case proceeds, heavy hearts remain | WITF

Pa. law intended to punish drug dealers in overdose cases could be backfiring: experts – pennlive.com

‘It’s been a great experience’: Mark Talbot reflects on service as Norristown’s police chief | Local-news | timesherald.com

Experts: Impact of Chauvin case on policing yet to be seen | News | phillytrib.com

20 people shot — including four teens — and three stabbed this weekend in Philadelphia (inquirer.com)



Donegal school board passes budget, holds line on taxes | Community News | lancasteronline.com

Cornwall-Lebanon school board approves budget with tax hike | Community News | lancasteronline.com

Op-Ed: We don’t need state and national orders on how to teach race (goerie.com)

Op-Ed: Schools must hire more Black teachers (timesonline.com)

HASB mulls creating special education center | Education | standardspeaker.com

Amid climate change crisis, Pa.’s science curriculum falls short | Opinion (inquirer.com)

Hallahan high school founder’s family furious at Archdiocese of Philadelphia over closing (inquirer.com)

Fair funding greatest obstacle for new teachers contract in Carbondale | Education | thetimes-tribune.com

Pennsylvania’s plan to merge six state universities brings slow-death worries – The Morning Call (mcall.com)



Only one Democrat applies for Flynn’s House seat (yahoo.com)

Voter Registration Update: Pa. Dems bounce back from 2020 lull | Analysis | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

As Trump Looms, DeSantis, Haley, Pence And Pompeo Make Rounds : NPR

How do we stop a slide into autocracy? By always remembering that facts matter | Ray E. Landis | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

20 questions with Giselle Fetterman, who’s a lot more than Pa.’s second lady – pennlive.com

Inspector General investigates Dept. of State ballot blunder (poconorecord.com)

Ensuring election integrity should not come at the cost of compromising voter access (timesonline.com)

The real crisis for American democracy is our cowardly inability to tax the rich | Will Bunch (inquirer.com)



Survey: Young Americans want more action on addressing climate change | The Numbers Racket | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Can we grow greener again in Pennsylvania? [opinion] | Environment | readingeagle.com

Study links more asthma cases to 2018 Clairton Coke Works fire | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



Speed cameras in construction zones are working but stiffer fines needed, state officials say | News | standardspeaker.com

Tarentum Bridge reopens to traffic in both directions | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



Delaware County Memorial Hospital offers gender affirmation surgery | News | delcotimes.com

Failure by Pa. officials to clarify rules around medical marijuana, addiction treatment had serious consequences (inquirer.com)


State News

Eviction moratorium extension grants more time to get help in Bucks (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Child welfare solutions are few, and children are still dying (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

The top 25 counties to live in Pennsylvania | ABC27

Jackson, Dallas and Kingston townships among safest communities in Pa. | Times Leader

For beleaguered pension fund, mixed messages from a $400,000 consultant (inquirer.com)

A day of lending a hand: Luzerne County Cares Commission holds Resource Day | Times Leader


National News

Surfside Condo Collapse: What We Know About Recovery Efforts As The Week Begins : Live Updates: Miami-Area Condo Collapse : NPR

A New Era Dawns In College Sports, As The NCAA Scrambles To Keep Up : NPR

‘Not fun’: Northwest heat wave builds, all-time records fall | WITF

J & J agrees to pay $230M in New York opioid settlement | WITF

U.S. Airstrikes Target Iran-Backed Militia Sites In Iraq And Syria : NPR

SpaceX’s New Rocket Factory Is Making Its Texas Neighbors Mad : NPR

With debate over communion: Yet another reason for the Catholic church to lose members | Dick Polman | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

The Supreme Court’s free speech verdict in Pa. cheerleader case won’t help declining civil discourse | Opinion | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Minnesota lawmakers reach deal on policing measures | Across America | phillytrib.com

Black cops seek $8M in University of Washington racism claim | Across America | phillytrib.com

Transgender rights, religion among cases Supreme Court justices could add this week | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Rev. Ketlen Solak elected first female, Black Episcopal Diocese bishop | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Trump Organization could face criminal charges in New York as soon as next week | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


Local News

Impeachment proceedings against central Pa. township supervisor pass first hurdle – pennlive.com

Bucks County foreclosure: Credit Counseling Center can help homeowners (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

The legacy of Libre’s Law: Animal cruelty cases skyrocketed in courts, dwindled in animal shelters | Local News | lancasteronline.com

Lancaster-based hemp podcast host takes show across country to educate about hemp agriculture | Local News | lancasteronline.com

Visitors returning to convention center and Marriott on Penn Square, boosting downtown | Local Business | lancasteronline.com

Erie County fund helped businesses, nonprofits weather COVID-19 (goerie.com)

Park ranger from the Poconos gears up for retirement (poconorecord.com)

Experts meet to discuss hazards that pose greatest risks in Monroe (poconorecord.com)

Community Matters: Beaver County Commissioners deserve praise for taking action (timesonline.com)

Eight decades of history gone in Narberth as July Fourth Committee disbands | Mainlinetimes | mainlinemedianews.com



Pittsburgh celebrates the Jubilee of Freemen Parade with vaccines and voters rights forum | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Downtown Pittsburgh bus stop reopens with “Respect the Space” art installation by Janel Young | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

Pittsburgh’s Billy Porter film looks for local student extras (timesonline.com)

Port Authority to study bus routes through Downtown Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Despite mask mandate ending in Pa., Port Authority riders still required to wear one | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



Pennsylvania gun carry permits soared in 2020, except in Philadelphia (broadandliberty.com)

David Bowie and The Kinks gave her the courage to come out. How a Philly community program helped this transgender woman finish the journey | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

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



House Dems head off retirement crisis — for now (msn.com)

Biden Walks Back Threat To Block Infrastructure Deal Over Democratic Priorities : NPR

President Joe Biden appoints Jessica Stern special envoy for LGBTQ rights | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette