Note: There will be no First Read on July 4. It will return July 5


WEATHER: Philadelphia, thunderstorms, high of 85; Harrisburg, thunderstorms, high of 85; Pittsburgh, thunderstorms, high of 82.




* Gov. Tom Wolf praised the legislature for sending him an on-time budget, and said he would sign it into law – “as soon as there is a sustainable revenue package to pay for it,” writes PennLive.

* The PA Senate unanimously voted to change the state’s child sex abuse laws, but only after removing a provision that would have eliminated the statute of limitations for child sex abuse victims who wanted to sue their attackers, writes the Inquirer.

* Bucking the Obama administration, Democratic US Senate candidate Katie McGinty comes out against the Trans-Pacific Partnership, writes Newsworks.

* In what has become a painfully familiar annual tradition, school taxes will be going up in almost every part of the state, according to the Inquirer

* As part of settling a lawsuit brought by the ACLU, Philadelphia will now allow rush-hour protests during the DNC, writes the Inquirer.

* A PA Turnpike Commission manager – fired for raising issues about a company that had bribed its way into a contract – has won his whistleblower case, writes PennLive.

* A plan to cut the Philadelphia wage tax by raising commercial tax rates is making slow but steady progress – it won approval in the PA House, according to Newsworks.

* Last call just got later for the DNC: State GOP lawmakers won’t oppose allowing Philly establishments to serve alcohol after 2 a.m., writes the Post-Gazette.

* Pittsburgh Controller Mike Lamb said the city has seen an increase in tax revenue that should lead to a $15 million surplus at the end of the year, reports the Post-Gazette.

* Erie Mayor Joe Sinnott said he will accept Erie County’s withdrawal from the Erie Metropolitan Transit Authority, which services 280,000 people, writes the Times-News.



* The Washington Post has the most comprehensive list yet of big-name Republicans who have publicly stated they are voting for Hillary Clinton instead of Donald Trump.

* Billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer is in Philadelphia to kick off a statewide campaign in support of both Hillary Clinton and Katie McGinty, writes the Inquirer.

* The latest self-inflicted wound for Hillary Clinton to overcome: the fallout from her husband’s private meeting with US Attorney General Loretta Lynch, reports Politico.

* Clinton will campaign in Scranton alongside the city’s favorite son, Vice President Joe Biden, on July 8, reports the Times-Tribune.



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* A LancasterOnline editorial urges calm during negotiations between the state and the state universities’ faculty union that could result in a strike affecting all 14 state colleges.

* The Daily News welcomes Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney’s ability to make his office the fulcrum of city politics again after eight years of the opposite type of leadership.

* The Daily Times laments the failure of the PA Senate to retroactively protect victims of child sexual abuse, and supports those lawmakers who fought for that protection.

* In his Newsworks blog, Dick Polman tries to understand what Bernie Sanders thinks he is accomplishing by still not endorsing Hillary Clinton as the Democratic nominee.

* A Standard-Speaker editorial wants to see more revenue from the state’s gas tax go to critically needed road and bridge work rather than to the state police. 

* An Evening Sun editorial opines that July Fourth is the perfect time to call for a change in the law so that PA residents can legally buy fireworks in the state.

* A Times-News editorial is grateful that the proposed state budget will close the fiscal gap faced by Erie schools, but emphasizes many challenges still are to come.


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10 a.m. - The PA House will reconvene.

10:30 a.m. - The PA Senate Local Government Committee will meet. Room 461, Main Capitol, Harrisburg.

11 a.m. - The PA Senate will reconvene.

8:45 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will be in attendance as the Philadelphia Orchestra accompanies Wawa Welcome America! Fireworks to kick-off the holiday weekend. River Stage at Penn’s Landing, 101 S. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia.



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KICKER: “I will sign the General Appropriations bill as soon as there is a sustainable revenue package to pay for it, and I look forward to continuing to work with the legislature to achieve this.” – Gov. Wolf, talking about the 2016-17 state budget in PennLive