WEATHER: Philadelphia: rain/snow, high of 40; Harrisburg: rain/snow, high of 40; Pittsburgh: rain/snow, high of 37.

NEW THIS MORNING:

* Without calling for any new taxes, Republicans in the state House have released a plan they say will address billions of dollars in unmet repairs to Pennsylvania’s crumbling highways, bridges, dams and railroads, the Capital-Star writes.

* Gov. Wolf signed legislation creating the criminal offense of sexual extortion to help combat what authorities say is a growing crime targeting children. The law makes it a third-degree felony, punishable by up to seven years in prison if the victim is under 18 or the perpetrator has shown a pattern of engaging in sexual extortion, the AP reports.

* More than 7,000 Philadelphia property owners are contesting recently issued assessments of the value of their properties after officials increased the market value, and therefore the tax bills, for hundreds of thousands of homes, the Inquirer reports.

* Three times this fall, Philadelphia City Council committees changed bills supported by health advocates or environmentalists through last-minute amendments favored by lobbyists for moneyed interests, the Inquirer writes.

* Gov. Wolf signed legislation that will allow landowners to legally notify hunters and others that they’re trespassing by painting purple stripes on trees or posts, the AP reports.

* Five of the six PA lawmakers who had access to the closed-door impeachment inquiry depositions in the U.S. House appear to have skipped the vast majority of them, according to an analysis of transcripts from the 17 closed-door depositions that have been released by the House, the Capital-Star writes.

* Former PA Congressman Joe Sestak announced he was withdrawing from the race to become the 2020 democratic presidential nominee, the Patriot-News reports.

EDITORIAL PAGES:

* The Patriot-News urges the PA House to join the Senate and Gov. Wolf in passing legislation that would raise the state’s minimum wage to $9.50 an hour by 2022.

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TODAY’S SKED:

9 a.m. - the Philadelphia City Council Committee on Public Health and Human Services will meet. Room 400, City Hall, Philadelphia.

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

10 a.m. - the Philadelphia City Council Committee on Law and Government will meet. Room 400, City Hall, Philadelphia.

10:15 a.m. - Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney will attend the annual Preston & Steve Camp out for Hunger food drive that benefits Philabundance. Xfinity Live!, 1100 Pattison Ave., Parking Lot G, Philadelphia.

1 p.m. - the Philadelphia City Council Committee on Streets and Services will meet. Room 400, City Hall, Philadelphia.

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

2 p.m. - the PA House Democratic Policy Committee will meet. Reading Area Community College, Schmidt Training & Tech Center, 10 S. Second St., Reading.

3 p.m. - the Philadelphia City Council Committee on Licenses and Inspections will meet. Room 400, City Hall, Philadelphia.

5:30 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will join Philadelphia Parks and Recreation and other officials at this press conference to help promote the return of "The Present" to Christmas Village. LOVE Park, Philadelphia.

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KICKER: “It is extremely easy to sit back…and say that we need to say ‘no.’ That we need to say ‘no’ to increase spending when we need it, to say ‘no’ to any revenue generation when we need it. And say no to planning the future of our commonwealth.” – PA Rep. Sheryl Delozier, R-Cumberland. From the Capital-Star.