WEATHER: Philadelphia, sunny, high of 87; Harrisburg, mostly sunny, high of 86; Pittsburgh, partly cloudy, high of 81.

 

NEW THIS MORNING:

* Hopes that a budget will pass by the June 30 deadline are fading, despite chatter from pols about avoiding a repeat of last year’s impasse, writes the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

* Harrisburg legislators will also examine school district consolidation as a cost-saving measure, as budget talks center around education funding, the Morning Call reports.

* In Erie, county officials are buying space on regional billboards to raise awareness about the opioid epidemic, the Times-News reports.

 

FROM THE WEEKEND:

* The feds are looking into a deal where a campaign contributor to Philadelphia DA Seth Williams leased an apartment to his ex-wife for far below market value, writes the Inquirer.

* After a landmark Supreme Court decision, Philadelphia is resentencing hundreds of juvenile offenders to lesser prison terms, according to the Inquirer.

* Pittsburgh’s newly appointed schools chief, a former NFL star, admitted to exaggerating elements of his resume, The Post-Gazette writes.

* The defense has begun in the Chaka Fattah corruption trial, with a focus on character witnesses speaking to the congressman’s positive reputation, the Inquirer reports.

* Rural counties in PA are increasingly using state economic development money to demolish blighted buildings, writes the Sunbury Item.

 

THE PRESIDENTIAL RACE:

* Despite calls to drop out of the Democratic primary, Bernie Sanders has predicted a contested convention in Philadelphia, the Associated Press reports.

* Republicans are worried as Donald Trump continues a tirade about “Mexican” and “Muslim” judges investigating his ties to the scandal-plagued Trump University, writes the New York Daily News.

* Hillary Clinton wins the primary contest in Puerto Rico, Fox News reports.

 

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EDITORIAL PAGES:

* The Tribune-Review editorial board points out another failed promise of Obamacare: it allowed undocumented immigrants to take advantage of it to the tune of $750 million.

* PennLive has an op-ed from Gov. Wolf, who explains why the formula in a newly passed bill will make the state’s system of funding schools fairer and more equitable.

* An Inquirer editorial makes it plain that in order to attack the state deficit, taxes have to be raised in the next budget.

Philadelphia’s plan to deal with protestors at the Democratic National Convention next month draws a thumbs-up from the Inquirer.

* The Post-Gazette editorial board wants the state to take a Web page from Allegheny County’s successful efforts at government transparency.

* The Intelligencer, citing the chilling results of an Ohio Media Project study on campaign advertising, calls for an end to “dark money” by ID’ing all campaign donors.

* A Daily Times editorial makes it clear that there is nothing convenient about beer sales in PA, despite the state’s shift to allow beer sales in 9 gas station stores.

* The York Daily Record assesses the past, present and potential future of Republican State Sen. Scott Wagner.

* In the Erie Times-News, Kathleen Parker worries that we no longer seem capable of being a united United States of America.

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TODAY’S SKED:

10 a.m. - The PA Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Education, Workforce, Community and Economic Development will meet. Room 8E-B, East Wing, Harrisburg.

10 a.m. - Philadelphia City Council Committee on Public Property and Public Works will meet. Room 400, City Hall, Philadelphia.

11 a.m. - The PA House Education Committee will meet. Room G50, Irvis Office, Harrisburg.

12 p.m. – The PA House Children and Youth Committee will meet. Room 60, East Wing, Harrisburg.

12:15 p.m. - The PA House Professional Licensure Committee will meet. Room B31, Main Capitol, Harrisburg.

1 p.m. - Philadelphia City Council Committee on Licenses and Inspections will meet.  Room 400, City Hall, Philadelphia.      

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

1 p.m. - The PA House will reconvene.

 

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KICKER: "She didn't have much money, and Seth asked me as a favor to try to give her a break for $1,000 per month.” – Robert Herdelin, political contributor to Philly DA Seth Williams, talks about the friendly real estate deal that’s drawn the attention of federal investigators. From the Inquirer.