WEATHER: Philadelphia: partly cloudy, high of 47; Harrisburg: partly cloudy, high of 47; Pittsburgh: partly cloudy, high of 44.

NEW THIS MORNING:

* Philadelphia City Council took a step Wednesday toward offering relief from the city’s wage tax for low-income workers when a Council committee unanimously voted for legislation that would offer tax refunds to such workers, the Inquirer reports.

* Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program has passed a half-billion dollars in sales since it began dispensing the drug nearly two years ago – about 147,000 people are currently certified to purchase medical marijuana at one of the 72 dispensaries now in operation, the AP reports.

* One of Philadelphia Sheriff Jewell Williams’ highest-ranking female deputies is suing her boss for trying to sabotage her marriage, retaliating against her, and subjecting her to workplace humiliation. This is the latest of at least six civil rights claims against Williams over his alleged misconduct as an elected official, all with similar themes that have appeared in those suits. The city has paid out $587,500 to settle past cases against the sheriff, according to the city’s Law Department, Billy Penn reports.

* For almost four entire days last week, the computer system Pennsylvania uses to process unemployment compensation crashed, making it impossible for people to file continuing claims. That means an estimated 2,500 people weren’t able to file their claims on time and may get their state payments late, WITF writes.

* Climate change cost Pennsylvania taxpayers at least $261 million in 2018, with half of that amount, $125.7 million, inflicted on the state’s infrastructure due to “record-breaking” flooding and landslides, state Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said Wednesday, the Capital-Star writes.

* Philadelphia’s tax on soda and other sweetened beverages raised $193.8 million between January 2017 and the end of the last fiscal year in June, but only $59.2 million or 30.5%, of that revenue has been spent, according to data released Wednesday by City Controller Rebecca Rhynhart, who wants to see more transparency on the matter, the Inquirer reports.

* Gov. Tom Wolf said Wednesday he has nothing to hide when it comes to his support for or actions behind the state’s permitting of two controversial pipelines that have been faulted for a variety of water contamination and other problems since construction launched in 2017, the Patriot-News reports.

* Dauphin County is signaling that it won’t go along with Gov. Tom Wolf’s insistence that counties buy new voting systems as an election-security measure in 2020’s presidential election, the AP reports.

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JUST ONE WEEK AWAY:

Celebrate the 2019 Public Servant of the Year!

The Philadelphia Public Record will honor Philadelphia City Councilmember Cherelle Parker as the 2019 Public Servant of the Year on Nov. 21.

Known as a passionate, results-oriented coalition-builder, Councilmember Parker has focused on championing policies to help the working class, senior citizens, women, children, and families alike. She has fought vigorously to address home preservation, neighborhood stabilization, job creation, economic development, and equitable schools. 

Featured speakers include Ryan Boyer, Laborers District Council; Pat Eiding, Philadelphia Council of AFL-CIO; Congressman Dwight Evans; Patti Jackson, WDAS; Mayor Jim Kenney; Katherine Gilmore Richardson, City Council candidate; Hon. Marian Tasco; and Hon. Mike Turzai, Speaker of the House.

To place a congratulatory ad in the November 21st, 2019 commemorative issue, contact Melissa Barrett: mbarrett@phillyrecord.com. 215-755-2000 x5

Join us for a premium open bar, hors d’oeuvres and dinner on Thursday, November 21st, 2019 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., at Galdo’s, 20th & Moyamensing Avenue, Philadelphia

Tickets are $50 in advance and $60 at the door or tables of 10 for $450: https://tinyurl.com/pprpublicservant2019

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EDITORIAL PAGES:

* The Inquirer gives its take on why the impeachment inquiry matters.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Sharmain Matlock-Turner, President/CEO, Urban Affairs Coalition … Want to wish someone a happy birthday in our newsletter? Email us their name, job title and upcoming birthday to editor@cityandstatepa.com

TODAY’S SKED:

9 a.m. - Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney will deliver remarks at the ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the extension of Runway27L at the Philadelphia International Airport. This extension enables a new generation of aircraft to fly internationally. 13 Hog Island Rd., Philadelphia.

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

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

7 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will deliver remarks at the event to celebrate Students Run Philly Style's 15th anniversary and honor mentors who serve Philadelphia's youth. DoubleTree Center City, 237 South Broad St., Symphony Room, Philadelphia.

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

KICKER: “We’re trying to make it right. I mean, it was our fault.” – Gov. Tom Wolf. From WITF.