WEATHER: Philadelphia, partly cloudy, high of 89; Harrisburg, partly cloudy, high of 90; Pittsburgh, p.m. thunderstorms, high of 88.



* With just five days left on the legislative calendar, state GOP leadership is still searching for a way forward on a spending plan and revenue package to close out the 2016-17 and 2017-18 budgets,

* A group associated with 2nd Ward leader Ed Nesmith is being sued by the Philadelphia Board of Ethics over its repeated failure to file campaign finance reports



* Suburban PA Republicans breathed a sigh of relief after a high-profile victory in a demographically similar Atlanta congressional district, the Inquirer writes.

* Gov. Tom Wolf sent a letter to US Sen. Pat Toomey, urging him to reconsider his support for “devastating” Medicaid cuts, Philadelphia Magazine reports.

* A former Philadelphia schoolteacher joins the growing ranks of Democratic challengers for Rep. Pat Meehan’s congressional seat, according to the Business Journal.

* The General Assembly could pass “safe harbor” legislation aimed at removing criminal penalties for victims of underage prostitution, the Inquirer reports

* Gov. Wolf signaled that he would veto legislation banning municipalities from enacting plastic bag bans, according to the Patriot News.

* The Philadelphia Housing Authority broke ground on a sprawling new HQ in North Philadelphia, WHYY writes.

* School Reform Commission member Bill Green called a new Philly teachers contract “unaffordable and irresponsible,” according to the Inquirer.

* PA’s high court upheld a suit challenging the use of funds drawn from drilling on leased state land for anything other than environmental preservation, WHYY reports.

* Opioid-related hospital visits have skyrocketed in Pennsylvania from 2005 to 2014, including a 99 percent increase in ER visits, the Tribune-Review writes.



* The Intelligencer dismisses any possibility of a responsibly crafted, on-time budget for PA, surmising that a more likely scenario is a “get-out-of-town” version. 

* The Inquirer wants to see a plan enacted immediately to better protect Philly children from lead poisoning, following a chilling Daily News article about the subject.

* The Patriot News urges the state to make the medical marijuana permitting process more transparent.

* The Times-Tribune welcomes this week’s landmark state Supreme Court ruling rebuffing pols’ attempts to use leasing public lands for purposes like drilling rights to generate tax revenue.

* WHYY’s Dick Polman pulls no punches in his post-mortem of Tuesday’s special election in Georgia, succinctly dispatching any notion of a “moral victory” for Dems. 


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* Allison Vulgamore, longtime CEO of the Philadelphia Orchestra, will step down at the end of the year, reports the Philadelphia Business Journal.

* The US continues to rank low, coming in 18th, in the latest Social Progress Index, writes the NonProfit Times.

* Generocity has the lowdown on how to nominate a nonprofit for the second annual ImpactPHL Awards before the June 30 deadline.

* Robert Listenbee, Esq., head of DOJ Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention under the Obama administration, will return to Philadelphia as a Stoneleigh Foundation Fellow.



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9 a.m. - the PA House Human Services Committee will meet. Room 60, East Wing, Harrisburg.

9 a.m. - the Philadelphia City Council Committee of the Whole will meet. Room 400, City Hall, Philadelphia.

10 a.m. - the Philadelphia City Council will meet. Room 400, City Hall, Philadelphia.

10 a.m. - Mayor Kenney will join the Department of Commerce and RISE to announce the launch of the new Fair Chance Hiring Initiative. This pilot program will offer reimbursements to employers who hire formerly incarcerated individuals. Mayor’s Reception Room, City Hall, Room 202, Philadelphia.

10 a.m. - Gov. Wolf continues his Jobs That Pay Tour by attending the Bell & Evans Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. Bell & Evans Hatchery, 585 Chestnut Hill Road, Fredericksburg.

11 a.m. - Mayor Kenney and Managing Director Michael DiBerardinis will congratulate five high school students who are graduating from the Fleet Management High School Apprenticeship program and are accepting permanent Civil Service Position as Automotive Apprentices. Four new interns will also be welcomed to the program. Conversation Hall, City Hall, Room 201.

2 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will sign anti-discrimination legislation that was introduced by Councilman At-Large Derek Green and an ethnic intimidation bill that was introduced by Councilman Kenyatta Johnson. Rue Landau, Director of the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations (PCHR) and Amber Hikes, Director of the Office of LGBT Affairs, will also be in attendance and provide remarks. Mayor’s Reception Room, City Hall Room 202, Philadelphia.

3 p.m. - Mayor Kenney, Parks and Recreation Commissioner Kathryn Ott Lovell and Councilman Mark Squilla will dedicate the new play equipment at Murphy Recreation Center and officially announce the opening of pools for the summer season. Murphy Recreation Center, 300 Shunk St., Philadelphia.

6:30 p.m. - the PA Senate Democratic Policy Committee and Majority Policy Committee will meet. Pocono Mountain East High School Auditorium, 231 Pocono Mountain  School Road, Swiftwater.



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KICKER: “The bill will come due to me and you.” – SRC member Farah Jimenez tells Philly taxpayers to get ready to foot the costs of a new teacher's contract, without help from Harrisburg. From the Inquirer.