WEATHER: Philadelphia, mostly cloudy, high of 41; Harrisburg, mostly cloudy, high of 36; Pittsburgh, a.m. snow, windy, high of 32.

 

NEW THIS MORNING:

* The three Democratic Socialists of America-backed state reps – Elizabeth Fiedler, Sara Innamorato and Summer Lee – say they want to build coalitions for pragmatic policies in the short term, as they prepare to push broader reforms and challenge notions of what’s politically possible in the years to come, the Capital-Star writes.

* Philadelphia City Council wants to expand a tax break for longtime homeowners facing steep rises in their property taxes – a move that Revenue Commissioner Frank Breslin warns could have plenty of negative ramifications, WHYY reports.

* Commonwealth Court judges heard arguments Tuesday regarding how much information the public should be allowed to know about the companies in the medical marijuana business, the Patriot-News reports.

* A federal judge ruled that an Allentown police officer can move forward with claims that former Mayor Ed Pawlowski and ex-police Chief Keith Morris stripped him of a prestigious assignment and put him on midnight patrol in retaliation for supporting another officer who challenged Pawlowski in the Democratic primary, the Morning Call writes.

* Leaders of Pennsylvania's state-owned university system promised lawmakers a transformation amid declining enrollments, rising costs, and lackluster state support that GOP lawmakers suggested was not a coincidence, the AP writes.

* At a Philadelphia City Council hearing, parents and child-welfare advocates called on the city’s Department of Human Services on Tuesday to reconsider how child abuse is reported and investigated to avoid unnecessary removals, the Inquirer writes.

* Following measles outbreaks in Washington and New York, PA Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine stressed the importance of vaccinations to contain and prevent such outbreaks, WITF reports.

* Democrats nominated Marc Friedenberg to fill the term of Republican Tom Marino, who resigned just three weeks into his fifth term in PA-12 – Friedenberg lost to Marino by 32 points in last year’s midterm election, the AP reports.

* A proposed bill in the PA Senate that would require families to pay out-of-pocket tuition to attend a cyber charter school if their home district offers a “cyber-based program equal in scope and content” could be a death knell for cyber charters, WHYY writes.

* During a hearing on gun-control legislation in Pittsburgh City Council, gun-rights activists warned that gun-free zones and similar rules could invite attacks, WESA reports.

 

EDITORIAL PAGES:

* The Daily News’ John Baer wants to know: Is Lt. Gov. John Fetterman’s listening tour on marijuana “an exercise in democracy or a puffed-up political show?

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: … PA Sen. Steven Santarsiero … Want to wish someone a happy birthday in our newsletter? Email us their name, job title and upcoming birthday to editor@cityandstatepa.com

 

TODAY’S SKED:

9:15 a.m. - the PA House Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committee will meet. Room G50, Irvis Office Building, Harrisburg.

10 a.m. - the PA House Appropriations Committee will meet. Room 140, Main Capitol, Harrisburg.

10 a.m. - the PA Senate Capitol Preservation Committee will meet. Majority Caucus Room, Main Capitol, Harrisburg.

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

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

10 a.m. - Governor Tom Wolf will be joined by Sen. Jake Corman, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) District 2 Executive Karen Michael, and local officials and stakeholders to announce action on a long-awaited transportation corridor in south central Centre County. Wyndham Garden Inn, 310 Elk Club Road, Boalsburg.

10 a.m. - Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney will deliver remarks as Police Athletic League students shadow City of Philadelphia staff for the day and participate in a speed networking round as well as a mock “swearing-in.” Mayor’s Reception Room, Room 202, City Hall, Philadelphia.

12 p.m. - Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney will join Council President Clarke and Commissioner Kathryn Ott Lovell to officiate a marriage ceremony at a special Valentine’s Day Wedding Wednesday event. LOVE Park, Philadelphia.

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

5 p.m. - Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney will deliver remarks at an event where 30 students will be recognized for their academic and professional excellence in CTE programs offered by the School District of Philadelphia. Mayor’s Reception Room, Room 202, City Hall, Philadelphia.

To have your events included in Today’s Sked, please email the information to editor@cityandstatepa.com.

 

KICKER: “This really creates inequities, and the ramifications only get greater as the difference between what people are paying increases.” – City of Philadelphia Revenue Commissioner Frank Breslin expresses concern about Philadelphia City Council expanding tax breaks for homeowners. From WHYY.