WEATHER: Philadelphia, mostly cloudy, high of 62; Harrisburg, cloudy, high of 61; Pittsburgh, cloudy, high of 74.



* Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman balked at a House plan to use gambling and booze taxes to right a yawning state deficit, the Post-Gazette reports.

* Former Gov. Ed Rendell endorsed Rebecca Rhynhart for Philly city controller, bashing incumbent Alan Butkovitz for failing to audit the scandal-prone Parking Authority, according to WHYY.

* Former Philadelphia City Councilman Frank DiCicco was formally appointed to the city’s zoning board, the Inquirer writes.

* A House education committee revived a perennial effort to overhaul the state’s controversial charter school laws, the Patriot News writes.

* Gov. Tom Wolf supported a raft of bills aimed at curbing sexual assault at schools, the Post-Gazette reports.

* Philly’s DA candidates debated bail reform at a crowded forum hosted by a coalition of progressive groups, WHYY writes.

* The House approved more measures to further privatize the state’s antiquated liquor monopoly, according to the Patriot News.

* The Inquirer explores why Philly can’t stop holding kids in solitary confinement.

* A study trumpeted by the Kenney administration showed a soda tax in Berkeley cut soda consumption but didn’t lower overall sales at local shops, Billy Penn reports.

* The city selected a developer for crumbling homes that replaced structures torched in the 1985 Philadelphia MOVE bombing, the Inquirer writes.

* Gov. Tom Corbett will receive honorary degrees from Point Park University, the Business Journal writes



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* The Standard-Speaker cites the drop in state highway deaths and injuries as yet another reason to ban use of handheld devices by drivers.

* The Daily News pulls back the curtain on the battle over reinstating mandatory minimum sentencing in the state and urges the Legislature to reject it.

* The Daily News’ John Baer delves into the blood-boiling details of just how PA government earned a “D” rating on its fiscal management skills in a new report.

* LancasterOnline is skeptical that the review of the state-owned university system will deliver the answers and way forward, and that those in charge will be able to enact any recommendations offered.

* WHYY’s Dick Polman has a brutally detailed explainer on why President Trump’s own obfuscation and mendacity on his taxes will likely sink any hope of tax reform. 

* The Post-Gazette extols the promise held by a new Blair County business providing reasonably priced health care plans

* The Citizen continues its Philly Corruption All-Stars series, working its way through the 1990s in the latest installment.

* The Intelligencer has the jaw-dropping story of the eight-year-long “progress” toward building an 84-foot long Bucks County bridge. 


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* Billionaire philanthropist Dorrance “Dodo” Hamilton died at 88, WHYY reports.

* Philadelphia is looking to force nonprofits to cough up more property tax for their profit-generating land, according to the Inquirer.

* The Community Network will hold a daylong event, “Strengthening Equitable Communities,” at the Free Library of Philadelphia Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St., Philadelphia. To register, click here.

* The Philadelphia Flyers will hold their first-ever Charity Classic July 16, which will include a 5K run and bike races of varying lengths, including a 100K, reports the Business Journal.

* Energy retailer NRG unveiled a new program allowing customers to donate 1 percent of the energy supply portion of their bills to one of four PA nonprofits, including Big Brothers, Big Sisters and Philabundance, writes Generocity.

* Generocity reports on the 18 emerging nonprofit leaders that Leadership Philadelphia is trying to keep in the region.



8:45 a.m. - the PA Senate and House Local Government Commission will meet. Room 302, Irvis Office Building, Harrisburg.

8:45 a.m. - the PA House Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committee will meet. Room 60, East Wing, Harrisburg.

9 a.m. - the PA Senate and House Capitol Preservation Committee will meet. Room 401, Main Capitol, Harrisburg.

9:15 a.m. - Gov. Wolf will make remarks with the governors of the Thirteen Colonies. Independence Mall, 520 Chestnut St., Philadelphia.

9:30 a.m. - the PA Senate Education Committee will meet. Room 461, Main Capitol, Harrisburg.

9:30 a.m. - the PA House Aging & Older Adult Services Committee will meet. Room B31, Main Capitol, Harrisburg.

9:30 a.m. - the PA House Health Committee will meet. Room G50, Irvis Office Building, Harrisburg.

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

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

10 a.m. - the PA House Pennsylvania Athletic Oversight Committee will meet. Room 39, East Wing, Harrisburg.

10 a.m. - the PA House State Government Committee will meet. Room 205, Ryan Office Building, Harrisburg.

10:30 a.m. - Gov. Wolf and Mayor Kenney will attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Museum of the American Revolution. 101 S. Third St., Philadelphia.

11 a.m. - the PA Senate will reconvene. Main Capitol, Harrisburg.

11 a.m. - the PA House will reconvene. Main Capitol, Harrisburg.

12:30 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will participate in a discussion with members of the Jewish Business Network Power Lunch, Philadelphia’s oldest Jewish networking group. Temple University Center City Campus, 1515 Market St., 2nd Floor, Philadelphia.

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

6:30 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will speak about immigration and the importance of assisting immigrants and refugees as he accepts an award at the annual Golden Door fundraiser for HIAS Pennsylvania. Marriott Courtyard, 21 N. Juniper St., Philadelphia.


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KICKER: "We asked Mr. Butkovitz to audit the parking authority, and we offered to pay for it ... his response was, 'Why would I do that?'" – Ed Rendell slams incumbent city Controller Alan Butkovitz, simultaneously endorsing primary opponent Rebecca Rhynhart. From WHYY.