WEATHER: Philadelphia: partly cloudy, high of 45; Harrisburg: cloudy, high of 44; Pittsburgh: snow showers, high of 38.



* State Rep. Movita Johnson-Harrell, a West Philadelphia Democrat who has been under investigation since winning a special election in March, has been telling people she expects to be charged with a crime this week, according to two sources she told directly. The sources said Johnson-Harrell expects to be charged by state Attorney General Josh Shapiro’s office after a grand jury investigation and may resign from office, the Inquirer reports

* A dramatic change to Philadelphia’s controversial 10-year property tax abatement advanced through a marathon committee hearing on Tuesday afternoon. The bill, which will halve the tax break’s value, passed unanimously and without amendment, despite a lobbying blitz by the real estate industry, WHYY reports.

* A month before Philadelphia’s “Fair Workweek” scheduling law was slated to go into effect, the city has announced the implementation date will be pushed back three months to ensure businesses have time to comply, and advocates are suspicious of the move, the Inquirer reports.

* Security employees for Energy Transfer, the company behind the contentious Mariner East pipeline projects, allegedly illegally paid Pennsylvania constables to act as private security guards at construction sites, according to criminal charges filed Tuesday by Chester County District Attorney Thomas Hogan, the Philly Voice writes.

* Pennsylvania’s net greenhouse gas emissions dropped nearly 19% from 2005 to 2016, according to a new inventory prepared by the state Department of Environmental Protection, the Tribune-Review writes.

* Gov. Tom Wolf on Tuesday renewed Pennsylvania’s opioid disaster declaration for the eighth time, giving the state more leeway to confront the ongoing public health crisis, the Capital-Star writes.

* PA Rep. Marcy Toepel, of Montgomery County’s 147th District, the fourth-highest ranking House Republican in the state House says she’s not running for re-election in 2020, the Capital-Star writes.

* Several Democratic presidential candidates will answer questions on equity in public education on Dec. 14 at Pittsburgh’s David L. Lawrence Convention Center in a forum hosted by a cohort of activist groups and unions, WESA reports.



* The Patriot-News worries that Pennsylvania’s state-owned university system is not getting as much assistance as it needs from the governor and state legislators to improve its efforts in the state’s rural communities.


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

10 a.m. - the Philadelphia City Council Committee on Rules will meet. Room 400, City Hall, Philadelphia.

10 a.m. - the PA House Democratic Policy Committee will meet. Lehigh Carbon Community College, The Donley Center, 7th Floor, 718 W. Hamilton St., Allentown.

10 a.m. - Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney will deliver remarks at the ceremony to recognize Philadelphia police officers who are being promoted for their service to the city. Temple University, McGonigle Hall, 1800 N. Broad St., Philadelphia.

11:45 a.m. - Mayor Kenney will join PHL Sports at this event to recognize the Army and Navy teams, captains, coaches, and athletic directors who are participating in the games this year. Lincoln Financial Field, Hyundai Club, 1 Lincoln Financial Field Way, Philadelphia.

1 p.m. - the Philadelphia City Council Committee on Technology and Information Services will meet. Room 400, City Hall, Philadelphia.

1:30 p.m. - the Pittsburgh City Council Committee on Hearings will meet. Council Chambers, City-County Building, Pittsburgh.

12:30 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will deliver remarks at the graduation event for City employees who completed an eight-month fellowship program on leadership in government. Drexel University, LeBow Hall, 3220 Market St., Room 031, Philadelphia.

6 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will participate in an annual event that will include musical performances, special guests, and a tree lighting ceremony to celebrate the holidays. City Hall, North Apron, Philadelphia.

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KICKER: “The doom and gloom that we always hear will happen if we take away the 10-year tax abatement, I just don’t believe it to be so.” – Philadelphia City Councilmember Cindy Bass. From WHYY.