WEATHER: Philadelphia, sunny, high of 88; Harrisburg, mostly cloudy, high of 85; Pittsburgh, mostly cloudy, high of 84.

 

NEW FROM CITY&STATE:

* Failing schools are often regarded as an urban problem, but PA’s rural districts face funding shortfalls in the billion-dollar range. C&S PA profiled three remote schools on the verge of collapse.

 

NEW THIS MORNING:

* The PA Senate approved a modified version of the budget recently passed by the House – now lawmakers have to figure out how to pay for it, the Post-Gazette writes.

* Much of the spending plan revolves around expanding various forms of gambling in PA. The Inquirer helpfully breaks down the ramifications of the new gaming laws.

* Receiving little new money in the budget deal, the State Troopers warned they would be short thousands of cadets in coming years, Newsworks reports.

* Meanwhile, PennDOT said nearly all new transit funding would be eaten up by a law diverting driver’s license fees to the state police, the Patriot News reports.

* A bill to extend bar hours during the DNC is in trouble after the House added riders to – controversially – dilute the value of liquor licenses, the Morning Call writes.

* Following corruption scandals and big-money races, lawmakers could mull ending judicial elections in PA, according to Newsworks.

* Despite controversy over his falsified resume, Pittsburgh schools chief Anthony Hamlet survived a board vote recommending his firing, the Post-Gazette reports.

* Philadelphia School District Superintendent William Hite said the district had filled nearly all its long-standing teacher vacancies, the Inquirer reports.

* Scranton will auction off former public school properties worth millions, according to the Times-Tribune

* Staffers are worried the Kenney administration’s reshuffling of the city’s transportation department has created a leadership vacuum, according to Spoke Magazine.

* Pew released a series of new reports on Philadelphia’s infamously complex and onerous local taxes.

 

THE PRESIDENTIAL RACE:

* After reports his PA ground game was all hot air, Republican Donald Trump appointed lobbyist David Urban to lead his campaign in the Keystone state, The Inquirer writes.

* Yet another poll showed Democrat Hillary Clinton with a commanding lead in the presidential race, CNN reports.

* Former candidate and Ohio Gov. John Kasich is promoting himself as the “most popular” Republican – presaging a convention upset, the Columbus Dispatch reports.

 

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EDITORIAL PAGES:

 

* As the calendar turns to June 30, the Intelligencer holds out hope that Pennsylvanians won’t be getting a sense of deja vu over this year’s budget negotiations.

* The Morning Call’s Bill White is disappointed – but not surprised – by the PA Senate Judiciary Committee’s craven capitulation to the Catholic Church on HB 1947.

* The Erie Times-News editorial board also calls the PA Senate Judiciary Committee to task for failing to do the right thing for survivors of childhood sexual abuse.

* The York Dispatch slams the PA House for passing HB 1948, which would severely limit women’s abortion rights in the state – and is sure to be ruled illegal.

* In his Newsworks blog, Dick Polman continues his schadenfreude kind of week with a comprehensive takedown of the comprehensive failure of the House Select Committee on Benghazi to turn up anything that multiple previous inquiries didn’t already.

* The Times Tribune demands transparency over Scranton’s plan to sell a municipal parking garage to a developer for $1 – when its parking authority is already in debt.

* The Post-Gazette editorial board thinks US Sen. Pat Toomey’s call to give police departments access to surplus military equipment is foolhardy and wrong.

* A Post-Gazette op-ed has a contrarian take on the Anthony Hamlet imbroglio, citing academic research to downplay the significance of the new Pittsburgh superintendent’s unattributed use of other people’s work in his resume.

* A Lancaster Online editorial praises the employer-assisted programs that are helping people afford to buy homes in Lancaster City, and hopes other firms will follow suit.

* Peter Brubaker, of the PA Early Learning Investment Commission, writes a York Dispatch op-ed laying out the return on investment of Gov. Wolf’s early education plan.

 

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TODAY’S SKED:

 

9:30 a.m. - Mayor Kenney will provide encouragement to Wawa associates as they build a 6-ton hoagie at Wawa Hoagie Day, a Wawa Welcome America! event. National Constitution Center, 525 Arch St., Independence Mall, Philadelphia.

10 a.m. - The PA House Finance Committee will meet. Room 60, East Wing, Harrisburg.

10 a.m. - The PA House Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committee will meet. Room B31, Main Capitol, Harrisburg.

11 a.m. - The PA House will reconvene.

11:30 a.m. - Mayor Kenney will join the Philadelphia Fire Department at a Fire Apparatus Housing Ceremony, a time-honored tradition that includes firefighters pushing the new apparatus into the firehouse accompanied by a pipe and drum band. Engine 25, 2937 Boudinot St., Philadelphia.

1 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will help SEPTA officials make an announcement regarding the 5th Street Station, the stop serving Independence Mall on the Market-Frankford Line. SEPTA 5th Street Station, Northeast Corner of 5th and Market Sts., Philadelphia.

6 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will speak about the important role immigrant-owned businesses play in Philadelphia’s neighborhoods at this event celebrating the close of “Taste of Southeast Asia Month.” "Taste of Southeast Asia Month" is a monthlong self-guided food tour organized by the City of Philadelphia's Department of Commerce and the Office of Immigrant Affairs. 1900 S. Broad St., Philadelphia.

 

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KICKER: “The review of Dr. Hamlet’s resume notes that plagiarism is legally defined as the ‘deliberate and knowing presentation of another’s ideas,’ and that is not what Dr. Hamlet did.” – Pittsburgh School Board President Regina Holley explains troubled schools czar Anthony Hamlet simply didn’t realize he had plagiarized portions of his resume. From the Post-Gazette.