WEATHER: Philadelphia, partly cloudy, high of 87; Harrisburg, mostly sunny, high of 85; Pittsburgh, mostly sunny, high of 80.



* Five more businesses received zoning permits for medical marijuana dispensary or grow operations in Philadelphia, ahead of a state licensing announcement today.

* GOP lawmakers revealed more information about a last-ditch plan to pass a budget by borrowing against state assets.



* With a jury selected, the trial of Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams begins today, the Inquirer reports.

* Schoolteachers in Philadelphia overwhelmingly approved a new contract after years in limbo, WHYY writes.

* Top Senate Democrat Jay Costa said that Pennsylvania badly needs a new revenue source to balance the budget by the June 30 deadline, according to the Inquirer.

* Disgraced former Congressman Chaka Fattah’s East Falls residence is up for sale, Philadelphia Magazine reports.

* C. Daniel Hassell, who previously served as revenue secretary, was again appointed to that post by Gov. Tom Wolf, writes the Patriot News.

* US Sen. Bob Casey will reintroduce legislation in Washington, D.C., that bans those convicted of a hate crime from purchasing firearms, according to WHYY.

* State lawmakers seek to erode teacher seniority protections, create a rating system for educators and change student testing requirements, the Patriot News writes.

* The unemployment rate in PA edged above the national average, the Business Journal reports.

* Philadelphia will unveil a system of income-based water bills, the Inquirer writes.



* The Patriot-News’ John L. Micek lays waste to the Manheim Township School Board, which became the subject of a scathing report by Auditor General Eugene DePasquale after it approved a $358,000 buyout of a former superintendent behind closed doors.

* The Observer-Reporter joins the ranks of newspapers opposing PA Sen. John Eichelberger’s plan to remove public noticed from newspapers and put them on a state-operated website.

* The Standard-Speaker urges Gov. Wolf to veto a bill it deems “special-interest legislation” that would prevent municipalities from imposing bans or surcharges on plastic bags. 

* The Dispatch calls out the PA Legislature for cowardly giving natural gas drillers a pass on extraction taxes, especially in the face of a budget deficit that could require the state to borrow money.

* The Inquirer’s Harold Jackson writes that Philly DA Seth WIlliams, whose trial began yesterday, is just the latest example of how voters have become accustomed to politicians’ corrupt behavior.



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* The Citizen profiles Megha Kulshreshtha, founder of Food Connect, which matches foodservice operations that have excess food with nonprofits that feed the hungry.

* The NonProfit Times has the breakdown on how millennials donate to charity compared to other generations.

* The Food Trust won a $150,000 grant from the Knight Foundation to expand its Night Markets to include more immigrant entrepreneurs, writes Generocity.

* Sonia McQuillar, the former director of health and information for Philadelphia’s Northeast Child Services, pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $600,000 from the nonprofit, writes Metro.

* The Pennsylvania SPCA will celebrate its 150th anniversary this week, writes Metro.

* Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia and the Greater Philadelphia Food Funders will host a Summer Social at Food Share’s headquarters in Hunting Park on June 21, starting at 4:30 p.m. For more information, click here.



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9 a.m. - the PA House Pennsylvania Athletic Oversight Committee will meet. Room B31, Main Capitol, Harrisburg.

9 a.m. - the PA House State Government Committee will meet. Room G50, Irvis Office Building, Harrisburg.

9:15 a.m. - the PA House Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee will meet. Room 140, Main Capitol, Harrisburg.

9:15 a.m. - the PA House Game & Fisheries Committee will meet. Room 205, Ryan Office Building, Harrisburg.

9:30 a.m. - the PA House Finance Committee will meet. Room 60, East Wing, Harrisburg.

10 a.m. - the PA Senate Community, Economic & Recreational Development Committee will meet. Hearing Room 1, North Office Building, Harrisburg.

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

10:30 a.m. - Mayor Kenney, Councilwoman Maria Quiñones-Sánchez, Revenue Commissioner Frank Breslin and Water Commissioner Debra McCarty will launch the Tiered Assistance Program (TAP) to assist low-income customers with paying their water bill. Mayor’s Reception Room, City Hall, Room 202, Philadelphia.

11 a.m. - the PA Senate Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee will meet. Room 461, Main Capitol, Harrisburg.

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

1 p.m. - Mayor Kenney, Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley, Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown, Councilwoman Cindy Bass and State Senator Vincent Hughes will announce the release of the Philadelphia Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Advisory Group’s final report. Municipal Services Building, 1450, 1401 JFK Blvd., Philadelphia.

1 p.m. - Gov. Wolf will attend a Teamsters Right-to-Work rally. Capitol Steps, 501 N. 3rd St., Harrisburg.

1 p.m. - the PA Senate will reconvene. Main Capitol, Harrisburg.

1 p.m. - the Philadelphia City Council Committee on Housing, Neighborhood Development and the Homeless will meet. Room 400, City Hall, Philadelphia.

2 p.m. - Mayor Kenney, the Office of Immigrant Affairs and the Philadelphia Regional Refugee Provider’s Collaborative will speak about Philadelphia’s role in welcoming and standing with refugees. Mayor’s Reception Room, City Hall, Room 202, Philadelphia.

4:30 p.m. - Mayor Kenney and Commerce Department officials will do a short tour of the North 5th Street Corridor in Olney to help promote Commerce’s Passport PHL initiative. Now in its second iteration, Passport PHL encourages residents to explore the city’s diverse neighborhoods and support immigrant owned businesses. Tour starts at Los Tacos, 5104 N. 5th St., Philadelphia.


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KICKER: "It will be hard to take any request from Philadelphia seriously given they do nothing to help themselves.” – GOP House spokesman Stephen Miskin on the likelihood of state aid to help pay for a new contract for Philly schoolteachers. From WHYY.