WEATHER: Philadelphia: mostly sunny, high of 68; Harrisburg: mostly sunny, high of 63; Pittsburgh: scattered showers, high of 55.

 

NEW THIS MORNING:

* President Joe Biden is scheduled to visit the 30th Street Station in Philadelphia today to commemorate Amtrak’s 50th anniversary and to promote his $2.3 trillion infrastructure spending proposal, CNN reports.

* U.S. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick was caught on a hot mic during Biden’s recent speech to the nation telling a colleague that he will only run for reelection one or two more times, Levittown Now reports.

* The state Health Department said employees of a vendor paid to conduct COVID-19 contact tracing in Pennsylvania may have compromised the private information of at least 72,000 people, including their exposure status and their sexual orientation, The Associated Press reports.

* The Philadelphia Sheriff’s Office was ordered by a judge to halt sales of distressed properties until September to determine if federal relief funds can help homeowners in arrears pay off their debts, The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

* Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto announced a plan to raise $115 million from the city's four largest tax-exempt nonprofits to fund critical social programs, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

* Republican Judge Paula Patrick, who is running in the May primary for the party’s nomination for Pennsylvania Supreme Court, said she is not planning to attend an event planned by QAnon supporters and was unaware that the group listed her as a scheduled speaker, the Inquirer reports.

* New bills before the state House and Senate would require new working condition protections and paid sick leave for meatpacking and food processing workers, the Pennsylvania Capital-Star reports.

* The state Senate passed a bill to give $10 million in tax credits a year to qualifying pediatric cancer research institutions, ABC Harrisburg reports.

* The Philadelphia City Council heard testimony yesterday at a hearing that the Office of Worker Protections is unable to properly enforce city regulations around sick days and working hours due to inadequate funding, WHYY reports.

* Less than half of the staff in the state’s personal care and assisted living homes have been vaccinated against COVID-19 even though thousands of residents and staff got infected and died from the virus, the Post-Gazette reports.

* A new study shows the majority of Allegheny County’s water systems contain dangerously high levels of lead, Pittsburgh City Paper reports.

* U.S. Rep. Conor Lamb reported raising more than $410,000 in the first quarter of 2021 and entered April with $1.1 million in his campaign fund, PoliticsPA reports.

 

EDITORIAL PAGES:

* The Inquirer writes that despite positive plans for the nation's future, Biden has failed to appoint a drug czar to address drug addiction and deaths from overdoses, which rose to 90,000 nationwide in 2020.

* The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review praises Pennsylvania's newly effective Move Over law, which imposes penalties on drivers who don’t move over by at least one lane when passing an accident, as a commonsense solution to address public safety.

* The Post-Gazette writes in support of a bill before the state House to let home-schooled students attend certain public school programs but says school districts should also receive additional state funding for any home-schooled students who participate in their programs.

* The York Daily Record ran an op-ed from a Lebanon County Democrat criticizing Republican state Senate candidate Christopher Gebhard for skipping a forum that was attended by the Democratic, Libertarian and independent candidates.

 

NATIONAL POLITICS:

* The Republican-controlled Florida Legislature passed an election overhaul bill that is set to usher in a host of voting restrictions in one of the most critical battleground states in the country, adding to the national push by GOP state lawmakers to reduce voting access, The New York Times reports.

* The FBI warned Rudolph Giuliani in late 2019 that he was the target of a Russian influence operation aimed at circulating falsehoods intended to damage Biden politically ahead of last year’s election, The Washington Post reports.

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: To state Rep. Mark Rozzi … and, on Saturday, to U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright and state Sen. John Yudichak. … Want to wish someone a happy birthday in our newsletter? Email their name, job title and upcoming birthday to editor@cityandstatepa.com.

 

TODAY’S SKED:

9:30 a.m. – The Philadelphia City Council Committee on Finance meets, Council chamber, City Hall, Philadelphia.

10 a.m. – The Senate Democratic Policy Committee holds a virtual public hearing on food insecurity.

10 a.m. – The Senate Law & Justice and House Liquor Control committees hold a joint public hearing on ready-to-drink beverages, House Majority Caucus Room 140, state Capitol, Harrisburg.

1 p.m. – The Philadelphia City Council Committee on Streets and Services meets, Council chamber, City Hall, Philadelphia.

1 p.m. – Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding and state Sen. Sharif Street announce projects funded by the Pennsylvania Farm Bill Farm to School Program, which raises agricultural awareness starting as early as preschool, at a virtual media-only briefing.

To have your events included in Today’s Sked, please email the information to editor@cityandstatepa.com.

 

KICKER: “I got one or two left in me anyway and then I’m done anyway. On my own accord.” – U.S. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, via Levittown Now