WEATHER: Philadelphia: sunny, high of 70; Harrisburg: partly cloudy, high of 71; Pittsburgh: cloudy, high of 80.
NEW THIS MORNING:
* Philadelphia City Council Member Allan Domb plans to present bills today to reduce business taxes and the city’s wage tax, while the administration of Mayor Jim Kenney may have its own plans for tax reductions, PlanPhilly reports via WHYY.
* U.S. Rep. Chrissy Houlahan (D-Chester), reportedly a potential 2022 Senate candidate, raised over $580,000 in the first three months of the year and entered April with $3.5 million cash on hand, Politics PA reports.
* Gov. Tom Wolf said Wednesday the state is "winning" against COVID-19 as vaccination efforts continue surging in the state, the AP reports.
* Pennsylvania Hospital emergency department chair Kevin Baumlin is entering the race for a U.S. Senate seat, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
* Gov. Wolf said he would veto a recently introduced bill to ban transgender athletes from school sports if it reaches his desk, Billy Penn reports.
* The state House of Representatives passed a bill Tuesday that stiffens penalties for those who aid or solicit a person to die by suicide, introduced in response to the suicide of a 25-year-old York County woman who was urged to kill herself by internet commenters, PennLive reports.
* Gov. Wolf said Pennsylvania is not developing ‘vaccine passports’ but is open to their possible use by private groups, the Morning Call reports.
* The state House of Representatives passed a bill that will allow nonprofits like fire companies to hold online raffles and drawings to fundraise for the duration of the pandemic, PennLive reports.
* Pennsylvania Republican legislators recently met with a Trump-aligned former Kansas elections official to discuss new election policy legislation, the Pennsylvania Capital-Star reports.
* Background checks for firearm sales are continuing to break records in Pennsylvania, PennLive reports.
* An environmental group is calling on Pennsylvania to pay more for efforts to clean up the Chesapeake Bay, the York Daily Record reports.
* The Philadelphia Citizen has a guide to the candidates in Pennsylvania’s coming judicial elections.
* Philadelphia residents didn't flee amid the pandemic, bucking trends in other big cities, the Philly Voice reports.
* John Baer writes for PennLive that the 2022 race for a U.S. Senate seat in Pennsylvania, as a potential tiebreaker in the 50-50 Senate, will attract even more buzz and national attention over the coming year.
* The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette says Gov. Wolf’s planned new investment in solar power could spur economic growth.
* TheWall Street Journal writes that Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner is facing a backlash from fellow Democrats ahead of the May primary.
* The Penn Capital-Star writes that trans advocates are criticizing a recently introduced bill to ban transgender high school athletes from participating in gender-specific sports teams.
* U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin said he will not vote to eliminate or weaken the legislative filibuster, dealing a blow to Democrats’ hopes of pushing major aspects of President Biden’s agenda through Congress, the Washington Post reports.
* In their bid to raise taxes on multinational corporations, Democrats have an advantage: most members of Congress don’t understand this section of the tax system, which can be maddeningly complex, making Democrats’ proposals easier to approve, Politico reports.
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9 a.m. – The House Health Committee holds a public hearing on abortion. Room G50, Irvis Office North, Harrisburg.
10 a.m. – The Senate Appropriations Committee holds a budget hearing for the Department of Labor & Industry. Senate Chamber, Capitol, Harrisburg.
10 a.m. – Philadelphia City Council meets. Council Chambers, City Hall, Philadelphia
12 p.m. – The House State Government Committee holds a public hearing on how other states conduct elections. Room 515, Irvis Office North, Capitol, Harrisburg.
1 p.m. – Philadelphia City Council’s Committee on Children and Youth holds a hearing on potentially creating an independent Youth Services Ombudsperson office to investigate concerns from youth and families about safety or services for young people in institutional facilities. Council Chambers, City Hall, Philadelphia.
1:30 p.m. – The Joint State Government Commission holds an informational meeting on a new elections law. Watch here.
2 p.m. – The Senate Appropriations Committee holds a budget hearing for the Department of Agriculture. Senate Chamber, Capitol, Harrisburg.
3 p.m. – The Democratic Policy Committee holds a public policy subcommittee hearing on “toxic schools.” Room 418, Main Capitol, Harrisburg.
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KICKER:“There will be a tremendous amount of money raised and spent. The money spent will be focused on the candidates and perceptions of the president’s performance. I’m willing to bet we hear as much about Joe Biden as we hear about whoever is running.” – Berwood Yost, director of Franklin & Marshall College’s Center for Opinion Research, on Pennsylvania’s coming 2022 Senate race, via PennLive