WEATHER: Philadelphia, sunny, high of 94; Harrisburg, sunny, high of 92; Pittsburgh, chance of showers, high of 89.

 

NEW THIS MORNING:

* Battle lines are being drawn over Philadelphia City Council’s desire to audit the Philadelphia Parking Authority, writes the Philadelphia Inquirer.

* The collapse in oil prices has meant skyrocketing numbers of foreclosures and bankruptcies in towns dependent on fracking, reports the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

* As the state budget negotiations head into the final stretch, a host of issues, including how much to spend and how to pay for it, are unresolved, reports the Erie Times-News.

* The Wharton School has helped create a new index that shows how and where S&P 500 corporations make their political contributions, reports the Inquirer.

* The much-maligned and investigated Hershey School board is once again under the PA attorney general’s microscope for its lavish spending, according to the Inquirer.

* The hot-button issue of gambling expansion in the state is expected to be a major topic of debate in the PA legislature this week, according to PennLive.

* A Port Authority self-evaluation reveals that its costs are the highest among its peer agencies, while its efficiency is among the lowest, reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

* A Cambria County judge struck down a ban that the borough of Gallitzin had on renting to convicted drug felons, writes Newsworks.

* A new, long-lasting treatment for opioid addiction, given by implant, is now available in the region and could be a game-changer, according to the Bucks County Intelligencer.

 

FROM THE WEEKEND:

* The PA House pension reform bill managed to upset both teachers’ unions and Senate Republicans: the former because future members’ pensions won’t be as generous as current ones; the latter because they weren’t cut more, writes Keystone Crossroads.

* Voting may be over, but Philly’s soda tax fight rages on, as both sides prepare to battle in court after the beverage industry filed suit over the tax, according to the Inquirer.

* Despite a full-court educational press by state officials about opioid antidote naxalone, nearly 40 percent of Lehigh Valley pharmacies mistakenly think a prescription is needed to get it, reports the Morning Call.

* The US Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights is investigating alleged sexual violence incidents at 11 PA colleges and universities, according to PennLive.

* The fight against a bill approving 85,000 video gaming terminals in PA bars and taverns has brought together businesses, charities and other groups allied against the measure, writes the Post-Gazette

* Despite intense pressure from the Diocese of Erie against HB 1947, Erie politicians continue to support the bill, which would extend legal recourse for child sexual abuse survivors, writes the Erie Times-News.

* Now that the soda tax is in the books, it’s time to drastically change Philadelphia’s approach to its property tax abatement, according to the Inquirer’s Inga Saffron.

* After its successful “makerspace” pilot program, the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh received a $1 million grant from to roll it out nationwide, according to the Post-Gazette.

* A recently restored federal program will bring $2.3 million in funding to nursing homes in the Lehigh Valley, according to the Morning Call.

 

THE PRESIDENTIAL RACE:

* Despite no chance at the Democratic nomination, as an active candidate, Bernie Sanders still has a $38,000/day Secret Service detail, writes the Washington Post.

* Donald Trump is hitting lows not seen in decades for polling, staffing, spending and just about every other measurable metric, according to the Washington Post.

* Politico tries to answer the burning question: How does Hillary Clinton plan to woo and win over millennials?

* A dark money group is working to bring Amish voters to the polls for Donald Trump, according to Newsworks.

 

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EDITORIAL PAGES:

* When it comes to conflicts of interest, PA legislators rarely if ever find a reason to recuse themselves, writes the Trib-Review’s Brad Bumsted.

* Leading off with the grim statistic that seven Pennsylvanians will die of a drug overdose today, a Times-News editorial lauds local anti-addiction efforts

* A Times editorial warns against the cheap lure of end-of-term “feel-good” bills like the one to abolish the state property tax – without replacing the lost revenue.

* Coming out in favor of PA House and Senate bills providing equal protection to LGBT citizens, the Pocono Record calls out Monroe County legislators who oppose the bills.

* After Warrington Township supervisors were found to have violated the PA Sunshine Act by hiring a management consultant by email, the Intelligencer wonders what else they have been doing without the public’s knowledge.

* An Inquirer editorial wonders why more attention isn’t being paid to Mayor Kenney’s $4.2 billion budget being $192 million bigger than last year’s.

* Thousands of Delaware Valley children face food insecurity, especially when school – and their free lunches – ends, according to an Inquirer op-ed urging citizens to participate in ameliorating the crisis in a number of ways.

* Commenting on the Confederate flag imbroglio reported by City & State last week, a Times-Tribune editorial laments a lack of context that could have proven educational on both the dustup and the rationale behind presenting the flags in the first place.

* Calling it “lipstick on a pig,” the Post-Gazette editorial board decries the recent liquor law loosening as the latest example of why PA should get out of the business altogether.

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TODAY’S SKED:

11:15 a.m. - Mayor Kenney will be joined by City Council Members, advocates and pre-K students as he officially signs the operating budget for FY 2017 and the Sweetened Beverage Tax into law. Mayor’s Reception Room, City Hall Room 202, Philadelphia.

12:30 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will help Governor Rendell announce the Broad Street beautification project in preparation for the Democratic National Convention. City Hall Courtyard, Philadelphia.

1 p.m. - The PA House will reconvene.

1:30 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will give opening remarks at a press event recognizing World Refugee Day and refugees in Philadelphia. Mayor’s Reception Room, City Hall Room 202, Philadelphia.

6 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will give opening remarks at the official launch of “Reimaging Prison,” the Vera Institute of Justice’s latest initiative. The event can be livestreamed here. Please email press@phila.gov for log in information. Eastern State Penitentiary, 2027 Fairmount Ave., Philadelphia.

 

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KICKER: “People think the PPA is a very well-run organization – it’s very aggressive. But it has so much money that it can afford to be poorly run.” – Philadelphia City Councilman David Oh, talking about why an audit needs to be performed on the Philadelphia Parking Authority – from the Inquirer