WEATHER: Philadelphia: sunny, high of 70; Harrisburg: sunny, high of 68; Pittsburgh: partly cloudy, high of 68.

 

NEW THIS MORNING:

* Rep. Dwight Evans is proposing to invest $63 billion to bolster housing and stabilize communities through his Housing is Essential plan, The Philadelphia Tribune reports.

* Rep. Brendan Boyle announced Friday that he will not run for the open U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Pat Toomey, The Hill reports.

* Toomey said he fears growing political “polarization” as he reaches his final 21 months in office, The Johnstown Tribune-Democrat reports.

* The 2022 Pennsylvania Senate race is emerging as a test of progressive firepower in the post-Trump era, NBC News reports.

* Investment staff for Pennsylvania’s PSERS pension fund have run up some hefty business-travel bills traveling across the world to check on the fund’s assets, The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

* Marijuana legalization in Pennsylvania remains unlikely even as neighboring states New York and New Jersey go for it, Spotlight PA reports.

* Lawmakers criticized a state plan for new tolls on state bridges as a form of “double taxation,” the Lehigh Valley Times News reports.

* State universities recommend COVID-19 vaccinations for students but are not ready to require vaccines to be on-campus just yet, PennLive reports.

* Seven top state officials are leading under an “acting” label and still await Senate confirmation, the Pennsylvania Capital-Star reports.

* Pennsylvania politicians split along party lines in their reactions to President Joe Biden’s infrastructure plan, the Wilkes-Barre Times Leader reports.

* Reps. Mike Doyle and Conor Lamb recounted their shock during the Good Friday Capitol attack in interviews with CBS Pittsburgh.

 

EDITORIAL PAGES:

* The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review writes about how funding from the American Rescue Plan is creating a conundrum for counties and municipalities who have to figure out the most important projects to spend their share on.

* The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writes in support of potential COVID-19 “vaccine passports” to aid in economic recovery.

* State Rep. Greg Vitali writes that state environmental protections must be strengthened in an op-ed for the Norristown Times Herald.

* Maria Panaritis writes for the Inquirer that the Biden infrastructure plan would rescue Pennsylvania’s roads and transit systems.

* The Post-Gazette writes that the state should pass a bill allowing municipal police to use radar technology for speed enforcement.

* U.S. Sen. Bob Casey writes that ending child poverty is a mission worthy of a great nation in an op-ed for the Erie Times-News.

* The Inquirer writes that new federal funding won’t be a “cure-all” for cash-strapped Philadelphia schools.

 

NATIONAL POLITICS:

* A Justice Department investigation into Rep. Matt Gaetz and an indicted Florida politician is focusing on their involvement with multiple women who were recruited online for sex and received cash payments, The New York Times reports.

* A former supervisor of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin testified that Chauvin should not have knelt on George Floyd’s neck after he stopped resisting, and that Chauvin did not immediately tell the supervisor he had knelt on Floyd’s neck, The Washington Post reports.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Yesterday, state Sen. Michele Brooks, chair of the Senate Aging and Youth Committee … today, Ebony Staton Weidman, southeast regional director to U.S. Sen. Bob Casey. Want to wish someone a happy birthday in our newsletter? Email us their name, job title and upcoming birthday to editor@cityandstatepa.com

 

TODAY’S SKED:

1 p.m. – The Philadelphia City Council Committee on Labor and Civil Service meets to discuss an ordinance prohibiting employers from requiring prospective employees to undergo testing for the presence of marijuana as a condition of employment, Council chamber, City Hall, Philadelphia.

4:30 p.m. – Elected officials call for the adoption of Gov. Tom Wolf's proposed fair school funding formula at a press conference featuring Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, District Attorney Larry Krasner, Council President Darrell Clarke, state Sens. Vincent Hughes and Art Haywood, and Attorney General Josh Shapiro, Martin Luther King High School, 6100 Stenton Ave., Philadelphia.

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KICKER: “There are people that have legitimate concerns about getting a vaccine that was pushed through at ‘Operation Warp Speed’ and maybe they want to get the vaccine but they don’t want to get it right now.” – State Rep. Jesse Topper, on why he thinks state-funded colleges should not require students to have COVID-19 vaccines, via PennLive