WEATHER: Philadelphia, windy, high of 32; Harrisburg, partly cloudy, high of 30; Pittsburgh, p.m. snow showers, high of 28. 



* As the state Senate worked on a bill that would change the office of lieutenant governor from an elected to a selected position, Gov. Tom Wolf announced he would not release the Inspector General’s report on Lt. Gov. Mike Stack.

* An op-ed by G. Terry Madonna and Michael L Young lays out the three factors determining Gov. Wolf’s path to reelection in 2018.



* The state Senate and House passed a bill to restrict abortion access that Gov. Wolf has vowed to veto, according to the Inquirer.

* The state House rejected a bill pushed by conservative groups that had sought to make the automatic collection of state employees union dues more difficult, the Morning Call reports.

* Senate Democrats will hold a press conference to rally around Lt. Gov. Stack, who faces a string of primary challengers, the Post-Gazette writes.

* A group of two dozen protesters picketed state Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, calling for his resignation from the House State Government committee over recent anti-gay remarks, the Patriot-News reports.

* A co-defendant in the trial of Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski has abruptly changed his plea to “guilty” mid-trial, the Morning Call writes.

* The Pittsburgh chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America declined to endorse several high-profile Democrats, including lieutenant governor candidate John Fetterman, who sought their support, according to the Post-Gazette.

* A final reconciled federal tax reform bill is likely to drop a state and local tax write-off valued by taxpayers in PA, WHYY reports.

* Philadelphia is refusing to release detailed information about incentives offered in its bid to win over Amazon’s second HQ, citing concerns over “competitiveness,” Philadelphia Magazine writes.

* The city’s fiscal watchdog released a report showing that the early retirement pension perk known as DROP is still costing Philadelphia millions of dollars a year, according to the Inquirer.

* An Office of Budget report found more than a million dollars in questionable costs in a widely criticized government project to develop a statewide radio network, LancasterOnline reports.

* Billy Penn looks back at the first year of Philadelphia’s controversial soda tax.



* The Patriot-News’ John L. Micek explains the machinations behind the PA House’s “appalling political cynicism” in voting to pass the nation’s most restrictive abortion bill.

* The Times-Tribune writes that the outrage over convicted ex-Sen. Bob Mellow’s reinstated $246,000 annual state pension only underscores the need to impose term limits on state legislators.


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* The City of Philadelphia’s Office of Reintegration Services for Ex-Offenders moved back into Center City after experiencing a drop in traffic following its move to 10th and Spring Garden streets, writes Generocity.

* Nonprofit Pro offers advice on how to get colleagues to accept the reality of negative facts about their and their company’s performance at the end of the year.



8:30 a.m. - the PA House will reconvene. Main Capitol, Harrisburg.

8:45 a.m. - the PA Local Government Commission will meet. Room 14, East Wing, Harrisburg.

9 a.m. - the PA House Finance Committee will meet. Room 205, Ryan Office Building, Harrisburg.

9:30 a.m. - the PA Senate Game & Fisheries Committee will meet. Room 8E-B, East Wing, Harrisburg.

9:30 a.m. - the PA Senate Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committee will meet. Senate Majority Caucus Room, Main Capitol, Harrisburg.

9:30 a.m. - the PA House Aging & Older Adult Services Committee will meet. Room B31, Main Capitol, Harrisburg.

10 a.m. - the PA Senate Transportation Committee will meet. Room 8E-B, East Wing, Harrisburg.

10 a.m. - the Pittsburgh City Council Standing Committee will meet. Council Chambers, City-County Building, Pittsburgh.

10:30 a.m. - the PA Senate Banking & Insurance Committee will meet. Room 461, Main Capitol, Harrisburg.

11 a.m. - the PA Senate will reconvene. Main Capitol, Harrisburg.

1 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will visit Pan American Academy Charter School, a K-8 school with a dual-language, International Baccalaureate curriculum. 2830 N. American St, Philadelphia.

3 p.m. - the Pittsburgh City Council Post Agenda will meet. Council Chambers, City-County Building, Pittsburgh.

4:45 p.m. - Gov. Wolf will take part in a Chanukah celebration. East Wing Rotunda, Main Capitol Building, Harrisburg.

6:30 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will deliver remarks at the first Annual Philly Tech Community Holiday Party, a celebration of Philadelphia's technology and innovation community. Coda Philly, 1712 Walnut St, Philadelphia.


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KICKER: “My concern back in the summer was to make sure employees, the police and the staff out there at the residence were safe and were not in a bad job situation; I took care of that.” – Gov. Wolf on his decision to not release an Inspector General report into alleged abuses by Lt. Gov. Stack. From City&State PA.