NOTE: There will be no First Read July 2 and 3. Happy Independence Day!

WEATHER: Philadelphia: scattered thunderstorms, high of 82; Harrisburg: partly cloudy, high of 87; Pittsburgh: mostly sunny, high of 88.

 

NEW THIS MORNING:

* Philadelphia will be moving to “green” on the state’s tiered reopening scale as previously scheduled today – but with key restrictions. Gyms and fitness centers will remain closed, and the city’s bars and restaurants will not be permitted to offer dining indoors. Museums, libraries, indoor shopping malls, and casinos will be allowed to reopen with mandatory mask usage and maintained social distance between patrons; no food, drink, or smoking indoors will be allowed, WHYY reports.

* A $150 million assistance program intended to provide rental payments on behalf of Pennsylvanians who are struggling amid the economic fallout from the coronavirus may not come soon enough to stave off some eviction proceedings, WHYY reports.

* Philadelphia is projected to have just $51 million in cash left by next July, as the city expects to have spent $387 million of its long-term reserves to weather the economic impact of the coronavirus, the Inquirer reports.

* Answering the calls of protesters who have occupied Pennsylvania’s streets throughout the month of June, the state Senate on Tuesday voted unanimously to send Gov. Tom Wolf a bill creating a new, statewide database that allows law enforcement agencies to share police misconduct records, the Capital-Star reports.

* Larry Krasner is happy driving his opponents “crazy” as he seeks reelection as Philadelphia district attorney, the Inquirer reports.

* A Northeast Philadelphia contractor admitted in court Monday that he provided home repairs worth hundreds of thousands of dollars to labor leader John J. Dougherty and members of his family, and was paid with money allegedly embezzled from Dougherty’s union, the Inquirer reports.

* In a lawsuit filed Monday with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, attorneys detailed activity by Republican Montgomery County Commissioner Joseph Gale blocking constituents and deleting critical comments in his official social media channels. The complaint alleges those steps began in 2017, but escalated dramatically after Gale put out a statement calling Black Lives Matter a “radical left-wing hate group” following protests and civil unrest in Philadelphia, WHYY reports.

* The latest in a series of protest encampments set up in Philadelphia in recent weeks – on an unfenced vacant lot overlooking the headquarters of the Philadelphia Housing Authority – became the site of a series of skirmishes Tuesday as PHA brought in bulldozers, a cement mixer, and a work crew to fence the lot, and protesters resisted, the Inquirer reports.

* The state Senate on Tuesday voted 48-2 on a Senate bill giving officials in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Scranton, Allentown, Erie, Reading, Bethlehem, Lancaster, and Bensalem Township the option of banning the use of consumer fireworks within their borders, PennLive reports.

* A landmark criminal justice bill helped 1 million Pennsylvanians get jobs and housing last year. But advocates say there’s more to be done, the Capital-Star reports.

 

EDITORIAL PAGES:

* The Inquirer drags the dumbfounding number of Pennsylvanians – and Americans – who are putting the rest of us at risk by not wearing masks.

 

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TODAY’S SKED:

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

1:30 p.m. - Governor Tom Wolf will discuss the signing of SB 637, which furthers his commitment to criminal justice and occupational licensing reforms. The bill removes outdated barriers to employment for skilled workers with criminal records so more people can get good jobs at growing employers and strengthen Pennsylvania’s economy. The governor will be joined by Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar and Board of Pardons Secretary Brandon Flood. PEMA, 1310 Elmerton Avenue, Harrisburg.

5 p.m. - the Pittsburgh City Council Committee on Hearings will meet. Council Chambers, City-County Building, Pittsburgh.

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KICKER: “The party is either going to embrace the increasingly vibrant, progressive vote or they’re going to ridicule them. That remains to be seen. I certainly would like to see the party embrace its progressive wing, because that’s the future of the party.” – Philadelphia DA Larry Krasner. From the Inquirer.