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Legislature

Pa. Senate Dems reelect Muth to Chair of Policy Committee – Central Penn Business Journal (cpbj.com)

Shapiro will seek bigger property tax rebate program (mcall.com)

MarchOnHarrisburg seeks lawmaker gift ban Harrisburg Pennsylvania (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Learning to count: Dems still need one vote to elect McClinton as House speaker | State | wfmz.com

New Program to Help Chester County Homeowners with Low, Moderate Incomes Repair Their Homes (vista.today)

New Home Repair Program Would Provide Up to $50,000 to Homeowners, Small Landlords | WDIY Local News

Qualified Lehigh Valley homeowners could get up to $50,000 for home repairs under new Pa. program – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Coatesville jobs, investment program gets $1 million in state funding – Daily Local

Bucks County Democratic Lawmakers Secure $2M Grant for Redevelopment Project in Bristol Township – Bucks County Beacon

$2M Grant Awarded For Warehouse Redevelopment In Bristol Township | Levittown, PA Patch

$2.5 Million Grant Awarded To Delaware Valley Friends School in Paoli | Tredyffrin, PA Patch

$4.5 Million To Rebuild Ida-Damaged Upper Dublin Township Building | Upper Dublin, PA Patch

YMCA Gets $1.8 Million For Teen Programs In Bucks County – LevittownNow.com

YMCA of Bucks and Hunterdon Counties to bolster teen programs with state grant (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Upper Dublin Township receives $4.5 million grant towards rebuilding the township’s facility – Around Ambler

Tax on casino revenue funds Pittsburgh-area projects for seniors, sewers, arts, dogs and even giraffes | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Retiring Rep. Brian Sims finds next act with LGBTQ business, policy group – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Abortion advocates aim to outflank lawmakers in 2024 using ballot measures | Analysis – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

$5 million was set aside for small Pa. filmmakers. Harrisburg gave it to M. Night Shyamalan. (inquirer.com)

Marijuana convictions should be pardoned in Pennsylvania by Gov. Wolf | Opinion (inquirer.com)

In the move to remove DA Larry Krasner from office, a fight over gun violence and convictions (inquirer.com)

Pa. property tax relief supporters have a new friend in Josh Shapiro (readingeagle.com)

 

Business/Jobs

Analysis: Pennsylvania’s low unemployment rate masks bigger problems | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

The cause, effect and future of inflation in the U.S. (dailylocal.com)

Delaware County residents find ways to deal with rising prices (delcotimes.com)

Springfield Mall owner Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust is considering a sale or merger in 2023 (delcotimes.com)

Hopeworks has trained 1,000 young people for tech jobs. Next up: a Kensington office (inquirer.com)

 

COVID-19

Pfizer’s COVID cash powers a ‘marketing machine’ on the hunt for new supernovas (inquirer.com)

 

Crime/Punishment

Dauphin County hired ‘expert’ to review jail deaths, but won’t release report – pennlive.com

 

Education

Penn Hills School District receives boosted grant through state Department of Education | TribLIVE.com

Donegal School District librarian quits over guidelines limiting student access to library books | Local News | lancasteronline.com

Pennsylvania charter school enrollment up 12 percent, public enrollment down 3 percent (broadandliberty.com)

Philly schools that ‘beat the odds’ could receive millions of dollars under new grant strategy | Local News | phillytrib.com

High schools are not teaching students the skills they need | Opinion (inquirer.com)

 

Elections/Politics

National

Restricting abortion will necessitate more welfare, education funding (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

If the GOP dumps Trump, will he throw an entire system out of balance? (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Jerry Shenk: Forecasting Washington for 2023 and beyond – Daily Local

Biden Helped Democrats Avert a ’22 Disaster. What About ’24? – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Rural voters target for Democrats and Republicans in 2024 : NPR

Florida elections gave Republicans big wins as Democrats scramble : NPR

Ga. Senate runoff between Warnock, Walker has bitter closing | News | phillytrib.com

Statewide

Pa. Dems must wait for House; 3 upcoming special elections could endanger speakership | PA Power and Policy | lancasteronline.com

Pa. Republicans look inward after voters quashed the expected ‘red wave’ – pennlive.com

Josh Shapiro ran like a moderate. He should govern like one, too. | Opinion (inquirer.com)

District/Local

Questions surround election board vote certification on Monday | News | standardspeaker.com

Shapiro gives Democrats hope that Luzerne County is back as a swing county | News | standardspeaker.com

 

Environment

Report: Pennsylvania coal ash site sixth-most polluted in nation | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Lehigh Valley produces more than 3% of the state’s greenhouse gases. The amount is expected to climb slowly in the next 25 years. – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

 

Transportation

Frontier Airlines drops customer service line : NPR

More than 4,000 flights were delayed as holiday travel spikes in the U.S. : NPR

 

Gun Safety

Mass shootings prompt new calls for assault weapons ban. Will it happen? | Monday Morning Coffee – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

 

Health

App aims to reduce trauma for vets, first responders | News | thetimes-tribune.com

Inside the Philadelphia-area hospital deals of the past year – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

New Study Gives Medicare Advantage Edge in Quality of Care – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Audits reveal millions in Medicare Advantage overcharges (inquirer.com)

Hospitals embrace mergers as path to survival | TribLIVE.com

As Western Pa. hospitals expand, fears grow over higher health care costs | TribLIVE.com

FSA, HSA: What’s the difference and what’s an eligible expense? (inquirer.com)

 

State News

Pennsylvania’s UPMC sees profits plunge in 2022 · Spotlight PA

Pennsylvania towns to visit during the holidays (abc27.com)

Pa. abortion advocates celebrate Democratic wins, but efforts to expand reproductive care continue – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Pennsylvania Supreme Court order upends Bucks County central DUI court plan (theintell.com)

Black bear hunting in Pennsylvania, hunters report 2465 bears (ydr.com)

Don’t gamble with kids? Pennsylvania should heed its own advice. | Editorial (inquirer.com)

Pa. pilot program gives some low-income medical marijuana patients a break at dispensaries | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 

National News

Ukraine on edge for more attacks, West eyes humanitarian aid – Daily Local

The Covid Protests in China, Explained – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

China protests: Authorities ease some COVID rules (inquirer.com)

Protesters are so upset with China’s COVID rules, some are openly saying Xi should go : NPR

The Buffalo shooting suspect is expected to enter a plea over murder charges : NPR

Bird flu outbreak: Nebraska to kill 1.8m more chickens : NPR

How a Cyberattack Plunged a Long Island County Into the 1990s – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

What headline? ‘Gaslighting’ is Merriam-Webster’s word of 2022 : NPR

U.S. soccer briefly changes Iran flag in solidarity with protesters : NPR

Rent control expands as tenants struggle with record-high costs : NPR

Mexico’s López Obrador leads massive pro-government march : NPR

World’s largest active volcano starts to erupt in Hawaii, sending ash nearby | ABC27

Trump faulted for dinner with white nationalist and rapper Ye | TribLIVE.com

Black pastors group holds vigil for Walmart shooting victims | News | phillytrib.com

 

Local News

Homeless Advocates Sleep On Steps Of Montco Court To Raise Awareness | Norristown, PA Patch

Downtown Reading comes alive with annual tree lighting | Berks Regional News | wfmz.com

People across Chester County give thanks, celebrate family – Daily Local

Solicitor’s ‘attack dog’ tone not helpful at commissioners meetings (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Officials hope site work will attract businesses to undeveloped land in Eynon | News | thetimes-tribune.com

Grandparents raising grandchildren in Lehigh Valley have support group (mcall.com)

Construction begins for the new African American Museum of Bucks County | WITF

Keeping the Faith Animal Shelter planned as community resource | Helping the Helpers – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Montgomery County capital budget introduced at $268.9 million (mainlinemedianews.com)

‘This is a community level crisis’: Advocates, officials describe homelessness in Montgomery County (mainlinemedianews.com)

Chester County officials reveal top economic milestones of the year (mainlinemedianews.com)

‘Yet again, we’ll mourn’: Lehigh Valley-area LGBTQ leaders share thoughts on Colorado shooting – lehighvalleylive.com

 

Pitt

Despite fears of a recession, Pittsburgh jobless rate starts holiday season on a high note | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

As Strip District’s produce terminal fills up, debate flares over retail mix | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Editorial: Reduced transit fares would benefit county and the PRT | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Keep your dollars local with this Giving Tuesday giving guide | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 

Philly

Philly’s Everybody Builds seeks to replicate Chicago success | Local News | phillytrib.com

Al Día, Philly’s Latino newspaper, is adding staff and retooling for the digital age as it plans to go national (inquirer.com)

SEPTA Santa Express returns for 31st year | Local News | phillytrib.com

‘You can change your life’: North Philly e-waste recycler employs and supports people coming home from prison | Local News | phillytrib.com

Foot traffic near Philly offices more than doubled since January. Here are other takeaways from a new report on Center City. (inquirer.com)

 

Washington

Jon Batiste to sing for Macron at Biden’s 1st state dinner – Daily Local

Silverman: Philadelphia is welcoming asylum seekers, but Biden must act – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Congress considers codifying same-sex marriage : NPR