WEATHER: Philadelphia, sunny, high of 67; Harrisburg, sunny, high of 68; Pittsburgh, sunny, high of 73.



* In City&State’s weekly Philly Council roundup, Councilman Allan Domb introduced a bill to require impact reporting on $200 million in city tax breaks given out annually.

* A looming $500 million state deficit prompts anxiety – but few solutions – in Harrisburg.

* Harper pollster Brock McCleary, who predicted Clinton and Trump in a dead heat before the election, breaks down why Pennsylvanians voted for the billionaire.



* PA Rep. Leslie Acosta, re-elected after pleading guilty to money laundering charges, faced an icy reception in Harrisburg, the Inquirer reports.

* A casino on the tiny Pacific island of Saipan has been paying former Gov. Ed Rendell $5,000 a month for unspecified services, according to the Daily News.

* A feud between the Senate and governor over state unemployment center funding erupted as Gov. Tom Wolf threatened to furlough 600 workers, the Patriot News writes.

* Philadelphia City Council approved a costlier pension plan for city workers – but only after they exempted themselves from the new contributions, writes the Inquirer.

* Taxpayers have spent nearly $385,000 on consultants for a long-delayed AG report on the “Porngate” scandal that may not reveal new misconduct, the Patriot News reports.

* The Philadelphia ethics board fined Mastery Charter Schools over unregistered lobbying of the School Reform Commission, CBS-3 reports.

* SEPTA’s union may vote to reject a labor contract that ended a recent transit strike, Metro writes.

* University City’s annual report shows Philadelphia’s tech and education district attracted 22 million square feet of new commercial development, the Business Journal reports.



* The Intelligencer wants to know just what the GOP-dominated PA Legislature is going to do about the state’s ballooning deficit.

* The Inquirer fully supports the continued investigation into former AG Kathleen Kane, reasoning that revealing all of her misdeeds is necessary to restore the office’s integrity. 

* LancasterOnline wants its readers to know that PA politicians support animal cruelty, based on the fact that they let an anti-animal cruelty bill go without being voted on.

* WHYY’s Dave Davies draws comparisons between Trump and PA Sen. Scott Wagner, another GOP outsider who just announced his candidacy for PA governor in 2018.

* WHYY’s Dick Polman goes after Trump insider Rudolph Giuliani as Exhibit A of the President-elect’s hypocrisy over claims to “drain the swamp.”

* The Times-News agrees with the latest push to loosen the state’s liquor laws.

* The York Dispatch introduces readers to Shawn Mauck, who succeeded the disgraced Charlie Wasko as West York mayor after Wasko’s racist leanings went public.

* The Times-Tribune is dumbfounded by Lackawanna County Commissioners who are taking funding away from arts and culture despite sitting on a $9 million budget surplus.


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10 a.m. - Mayor Kenney and Revenue Commissioner Frank Breslin will launch registration for the Philadelphia Beverage Tax. Mayor’s Reception Room, City Hall Room 202, Philadelphia.

10 a.m. - Gov. Wolf will announce a state investment in manufacturing. Gautier Steel Ltd., 80 Clinton St., Johnstown.

11 a.m. - Mayor Kenney will help officially kick off the Philadelphia Marathon Race Weekend and open the Health & Fitness Expo. Pennsylvania Convention Center, Lobby Area Outside Hall F, 1101 Arch St., Philadelphia.

4 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will join the students, staff and community members of Dobbins CTE High School for a Thanksgiving-themed dinner prepared by Dobbins' culinary students. The special event will showcase the school's Career and Technical Education programs and celebrate its designation as one of the city's first community schools. 2150 W. Lehigh Ave., Philadelphia.

7:30 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will join ‘Impacto Latino’ Publisher Napoleon Garcia to honor the most influential members of the region’s Latino Community at the Delaware Valley Most Influential Latinos Awards. National Museum of American Jewish History, 101 S. Independence Mall, Philadelphia.


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KICKER: "It's in the back of plenty of people's heads...It just came out of my mouth in the heat of the moment." – state Rep. Ed Nielsen explains why he accused Rep. Leslie Acosta, who pleaded guilty to federal money laundering charges, of wearing a wire. From the Inquirer.