WEATHER: Philadelphia, mostly sunny, high of 80; Harrisburg, mostly sunny, high of 81; Pittsburgh, sunny, high of 83.

 

NEW FROM CITY & STATE:

US Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick used $290,000 in taxpayer dollars to send out a series of campaign-style mailers to his constituents that trumpeted his efforts to cut waste in D.C. Critics said the move was a campaign ploy ahead of a tough reelection and that the mass mail funds are reserved for official communication only.

 

NEW THIS MORNING:

* The Office of Open Records ordered the state to release records of previously confidential economic incentive packages designed to lure Amazon’s second headquarters to Pennsylvania, the Post-Gazette reports.

* The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s editorial cartoonist was fired after a dispute with management over scribblings that criticized President Donald Trump, the Inquirer reports.

* Most members of the Democratic establishment have come to rally behind state Sen. Daylin Leach in the wake of a misconduct scandal – even some of his past critics have given up calling for his ouster, according to the Inquirer.

* Gov. Tom Wolf proposed a series of reforms to the state’s professional business licensing system, the Carlisle Sentinel reports.

* Lobbyist James Hickey, at the center of a pay-to-play scandal that took down Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski, must soon report to federal prison to serve out his own sentence, the Morning Call writes.

* Legislation advancing in Harrisburg would kill off the Keystone Exams as a standardized test requirement for public school students, the Patriot-News writes.

* Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney and Council President Darrell Clarke publicly sparred over whether the Kenney administration had asked for an amendment to proposed construction tax legislation that would exempt Amazon from paying if the company located a second HQ in the city, according to WHYY.

* The Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce is publicly opposed to a “fair workweek” bill that would require employers to create more predictable schedules for their employees, WHYY reports.

* Analysis shows that the Allegheny County Council, led by powerful Dem Rich Fitzgerald rarely meets to debate or make crucial decisions in public, according to the Tribune-Review.

 

EDITORIAL PAGES:

* The Inquirer has an op-ed by US AG Jeff Sessions, who explains why Philadelphia is anti-American for embracing its sanctuary city policies.

* The Inquirer has an op-ed by GOP candidate for the PA House 177th District Patty Pat Kozlowski, who offers up a refreshingly no-holds-barred account of why she called someone a “junkie” in a Facebook post that went viral.

* The Post-Gazette channels some quality doublespeak in its weak sauce rationalization for firing award-winning editorial cartoonist Rob Rogers for essentially doing his job of speaking truth to Trump.

* The Times-Tribune latches onto two “glimmers of hope” in the state’s opioid war: reduced prescription rates and fewer hospital admissions for overdoses.

 

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NONPROFIT NEWS:

* Generocity polled industry pros to compile a list of the best ways for nonprofits to get the most out their skilled volunteers.

 

TODAY’S SKED:

11:30 a.m. - Mayor Kenney will deliver remarks at this press conference announcing a soccer game between the Philadelphia Union and one of Philadelphia's Sister Cities. City Hall, Mayor's Reception Room, Room 202, Philadelphia.

12 p.m. - Secretary of Aging Teresa Osborne, protective services staff from local Area Agencies on Aging, and other stakeholders will participate in a World Elder Abuse Awareness Day event. Main Capitol Rotunda, 501 North 3rd Street, Harrisburg.

1 p.m. - the Philadelphia City Council Committee on Transportation and Public Utilities will meet. Room 400, City Hall, Philadelphia.

2:30 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will deliver remarks to make a special announcement about the Rebuild initiative and celebrate the beginning of summer programming provided by Department of Parks and Recreation. Glavin Memorial Playground, 2600 E Westmoreland St, Philadelphia.

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


KICKER: “Sending out $290,000 worth of taxpayer-funded mail to tout ‘government reform’ is the height of hypocrisy.” – Democrat Scott Wallace’s campaign blasts his opponent, US Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, for using tax money to send out campaign-style lit promoting the pol’s efforts to cut waste in D.C. From City & State PA.