WEATHER: Philadelphia: rain, high of 77; Harrisburg: rain, high of 76; Pittsburgh: thunderstorms, high of 74.


* Philadelphia City Council on Thursday approved a $5 billion spending plan for fiscal year 2020, an increase of $300 million from the current budget that officials said was necessary to cover spiking salary and benefits costs, as well as bolster antipoverty initiatives – the city’s general fund budget has grown by $1 billion, or 25 percent, since Mayor Jim Kenney took office in 2016, the Inquirer reports.

* Over objections of climate activists, Philadelphia City Council on Thursday approved a deal with a developer who will build a $60 million liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant on city land, generating at least $1.35 million in profits that advocates say will help reduce residential heating bills, the Inquirer writes.

* During a White House meeting, Gov. Tom Wolf and President Donald Trump found common ground on criminal justice reforms that make it easier for people convicted of crimes to re-enter the workforce and occupational licensing reforms that loosen requirements and make it easier for military spouses to transfer licenses between states, the Post-Gazette writes.

* Weeks after Philadelphia Sheriff Jewell Williams’ defeat in the May primary, his office is “reevaluating” the nearly $8 million it spends advertising real estate auctions in local newspapers, with an eye toward discontinuing ads in some publications, Billy Penn reports.

* Legislation in the PA House, supported by the unions that represent Pennsylvania’s carpenters, roofers, bricklayers, and other construction workers, would mandate all building contractors run new hires through the federal E-Verify system – and it is driving a wedge between the traditionally more conservative building trades and their progressive colleagues, the Capital-Star writes.

* U.S. Attorney William M. McSwain used former Gov. Ed Rendell’s own words to argue against the legality of a site in Philadelphia where people can use drugs under medical supervision, be revived if they overdose, and access treatment, the Inquirer reports.


Celebrate organized labor’s finest!

On June 20, the Philadelphia Public Record’s annual Salute to Labor will honor five of the region’s most influential union members. Celebrate with leaders from across the city at the Philadelphia Joint Board, 22 S. 22nd Street. From 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., enjoy a premium open bar, extensive hors d’oeuvres and the awards ceremony for Lifetime Achiever, Rising Star, Organizer/Activist, Management Leader and Good Deeds.

Individual tickets are $40; groups of 10 can be purchased for $350. For more information and to buy tickets, click here.



* LancasterOnline praises Gov. Tom Wolf’s creation of a state task force on suicide, urging action as soon as possible to help turn the tide on the issue.

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10 a.m. - Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney will deliver remarks at the Chris Long Foundation Summer Library Giveaway event to highlight the importance of early learning and distribute backpacks full of books to young children living in Philadelphia emergency housing. Montgomery Early Learning Center, 3939 Warren St, Philadelphia.

2 p.m. - Governor Tom Wolf will join Insurance Commissioner Jessica Altman, Sec. of Health Dr. Rachel Levine, Sec. of Drug and Alcohol Programs Jennifer Smith, members of the Opioid Command Center and legislators in renewing the opioid disaster declaration for the sixth time and introducing two new initiatives that will further combat PA’s opioid crisis. Governor’s Reception Room, Harrisburg.

5 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will deliver remarks at this awards ceremony to recognize outstanding fathers throughout the region and celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Father’s Day Rally Committee. 201 S. Christopher Columbus Boulevard, Philadelphia.

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KICKER: “Ed Rendell has basically just said they have no case..” – U.S. Attorney William McSwain uses Ed Rendell’s own words to show how a proposed safe injection site in Philadelphia is a no-go. From the Inquirer.