WEATHER: Philadelphia: p.m. thunderstorms, high of 96; Harrisburg: p.m. thunderstorms, high of 95; Pittsburgh: mostly sunny, high of 96.
NEW THIS MORNING:
* Pennsylvania closed out its fiscal year Tuesday with a $3.2 billion shortfall, with revenues falling 9% below official estimates as the state continues to grapple with the economic damage caused by the coronavirus outbreak. Since March, when Gov. Tom Wolf announced strict measures to slow the spread of COVID-19, widespread business closures and record job losses have chipped away at the tax revenues Pennsylvania relies on to pay for crucial services, Spotlight PA reports.
* Education officials in Pennsylvania, as in some other states, have called for at least some in-person instruction, but haven’t mandated a specific approach, leaving the reopening decisions to local school leaders, the Inquirer reports.
* More than 200 people marched from City Hall to I-676 Sunday afternoon, just over a month after officers tear-gassed anti-racism demonstrators who blocked traffic on the same highway to protest police brutality and the killing of George Floyd, WHYY reports.
* Wolf’s more expansive mask order issued this week as the coronavirus shows new signs of life in Pennsylvania and the July Fourth holiday starts has been met with hostility from Republicans objecting to the Democrat’s use of power or even to wearing a mask itself, the AP reports.
* Renters and homeowners struggling to cover the costs of housing due to the coronavirus pandemic can now apply for help. Pennsylvania’s rent relief and mortgage assistance programs began accepting applications today, WESA reports.
* Philadelphia voters will be asked in November to approve the creation of a Citizens Police Oversight Commission, an independent body that would have the power to review complaints against police and use of force by officers. But the structure and powers of the new commission would be finalized only after the vote. The same goes for its budget, which would be key to its success, the Inquirer reports.
* The Inquirer profiles City of Philadelphia Managing Director Brian Abernathy, who has become more visible and influential than many of his predecessors due primarily to the coronavirus pandemic and protests over the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis – and because of the leadership style of Kenney, who is quick to delegate and share the spotlight.
* The Citizen has an op-ed by Philadelphia 3.0’s Jon Geeting, who looks at some of the ways the state could fix its vote-by-mail plan by November.
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11 a.m. - Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney will deliver remarks at the launch of Parks & Recreations sprayground season and tour Mander Playground on the first day of Parks & Recreation’s 2020 summer camp program. Mander Playground, 2140 N 33rd St., Philadelphia.
1 p.m. - Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of Human Services Teresa Miller will visit PSECU headquarters child care center to discuss the challenges COVID-19 has posed to child care providers in Pennsylvania. They will announce a plan to provide needed support to child care providers and facilities. PSECU Child Care Center Playground, 1500 Elmerton Avenue, Harrisburg.
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KICKER: “It’s a lose-lose situation. Superintendents know that whatever they do, people are going to be unhappy, kids and staff are going to get sick. It’s going to be an incredible year, unfortunately.” – Daniel A. Domenech, executive director of the American Association of School Administrators. From the Inquirer.