WEATHER: Philadelphia: partly cloudy, high of 93; Harrisburg: p.m. thunderstorms, high of 92; Pittsburgh: isolated thunderstorms, high of 85.
NEW THIS MORNING:
* Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross abruptly resigned Tuesday, a day after a woman in the department claimed in a lawsuit that he ignored her complaints of another officer’s sexual harassment because she broke off a two-year affair with the commissioner in 2011, the Inquirer reports.
* Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney announced Tuesday that Christine M. Coulter, a three-star deputy and the highest-ranking female in the department, will serve as interim commissioner while the city seeks a permanent replacement to run the nation’s sixth-largest force. She will be the city’s first female top cop, WHYY reports.
* The Inquirer analyzed campaign donations to the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates in PA and found some interesting trends, including that Bernie Sanders got more small donations than Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren combined.
* PA Rep. Frank Ryan is looking to move Pennsylvania in a direction it has resisted for decades in order to eliminate school property taxes. He wants to tax retirement income and he wants to make food and clothing subject to a sales tax, the Patriot-News writes.
* Gun control advocacy group CeaseFirePA is urging Sen. Pat Toomey to abandon efforts to revive a failed background checks proposal in favor of what they say is a more comprehensive measure, the Patriot-News writes.
* The Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery in South Philadelphia has laid off all union workers except a select few – that includes about 200 maintenance workers and about as many operators, WHYY reports.
* The Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office reportedly pursues more insurance fraud cases than any other agency in the state. An investigation by BuzzFeed News found that the office gets evidence and money from insurance companies to handle claims filed by customers, WESA reports.
* Pennsylvania’s cyber charter schools – taxpayer-funded, privately managed schools that offer their curriculum online – enrolled close to 39,000 students in the 2018-19 academic year. More likely than not, those students come from poorly funded districts where adults have low levels of education, according to a Capital-Star analysis of state Department of Education data.
* The Inquirer breaks down how much money the Philadelphia soda tax has brought in during its two and a half years of existence – and how that revenue is being spent.
* Republican David Rowe won a three-way special election for an open seat in the Pennsylvania House on Tuesday, garnering 63 percent of the vote in the 85th District, according to unofficial results from the Department of State, the Capital-Star reports.
* A mistake is saving taxpayers in one Bucks County school district $32 each in property taxes this year – but the typo also cost the school district about $895,000, the Inquirer writes.
* A committee of Pennsylvania Game Commission staff has recommended a statewide ban on feeding white-tailed deer, the AP reports.
* The Inquirer asks the eminently reasonable question: Where were the politicians during the opening of the hearing on a supervised injection site in Philadelphia?
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9:30 a.m. - the PA House Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committee will meet. Room G-50, Irvis Office Building, Harrisburg.
2 p.m. - Governor Tom Wolf and education advocates will highlight vital increases in K-12 education funding over the past five years and how the investments continue to benefit Pennsylvania’s students. Coebourn Elementary School, 1 Coebourn Blvd, Brookhaven.
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KICKER: “Never would have I designed a system from scratch like the bill I’m proposing but I didn’t design the system that is failing that I have to fix” – PA Rep. Frank Ryan explains his approach to solving the state’s property tax issue. From the Patriot-News.