WEATHER: Philadelphia, sunny, high of 47; Harrisburg, sunny, high of 49; Pittsburgh, sunny, high of 52.
 

NEW FROM CITY&STATE:

* An internal investigation by Gov. Tom Wolf’s office found that administrative errors caused the state unemployment system to miss out on millions in federal funding.

* Check out last week’s political Winners&Losers!

 

NEW THIS MORNING:

* Ousted Philly Parking Authority head Vince Fenerty doled out hefty raises to top execs just months before he was booted over sex harassment allegations, the Inquirer writes.

* Housing advocates across PA remain concerned that a Republican-dominated Congress will strip federal tax credits that underpin affordable housing, the Post-Gazette reports.

* Natural gas impact fee payouts will hit an all-time low this year, according to State Impact.

* New, subsidized pre-K services in Philadelphia are paradoxically being hamstrung by vacant seats and high demand, WHYY reports.

 

FROM THE WEEKEND:

* Republicans voted in Val DiGiorgio as the next chair of the state party, the Tribune-Review reports.

* The PA GOP is strategizing ways to make inroads in Philadelphia and its suburbs, the Inquirer reports.

* Gov. Wolf’s budget address tomorrow is still expected to be light on taxes and long on cuts, writes the Morning Call.

* The PA Senate is again looking to fast-track a bill that would restrict abortion access, according to the Inquirer.

* Republican Congressman Pat Meehan has officially said he will not challenge Democratic US Sen. Bob Casey in 2018, writes the Patriot News.

* PA Sen. Scott Wagner took his anti-Wolf message to a meeting of the PA GOP establishment as he prepares for his gubernatorial campaign, the Patriot News reports.

* Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney’s campaign expensed a trip to a Florida Hooters, according to the Daily News.

* After struggling with commuter train repairs last year, SEPTA announced it has found a new defect in certain subway cars, Billy Penn reports.

 

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New Fellowship Opportunities at the Stoneleigh Foundation:

The Philadelphia-based Stoneleigh Foundation is launching a new search for talented leaders with ideas to transform systems that serve vulnerable youth, such as child welfare, juvenile justice, education, and health. Successful applicants will be awarded a highly selective, fully funded Stoneleigh Fellowship to make their idea a reality.  Interested?  Submit a brief project abstract by 3/3/17

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EDITORIAL PAGES:

* The Citizens’ Voice provides an infuriating history lesson in how the state’s pension crisis began as prelude for demanding an adjustment in those benefits. 

* LancasterOnline has a must-read on the PA Legislature’s hermetically sealed and obscured process for investigating members for ethics violations.

* The Daily Times cogently explains why PA Sen. Dave Argall’s proposed bill to eliminate property taxes is a bad idea, especially for poorer school districts.

** The Inquirer is intrigued by Treasurer Joe Torsella’s proposal to set up college savings accounts for all babies born in PA as a way to help families plan for their future.

* The Morning Call’s Bill White offers up a buffet of political ills for the Legislature to reform, including campaign finance, term limits and voter access.

* The Observer-Reporter backs US Rep. Tim Murphy’s efforts to reform the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act so families can get more essential information about what befalls loved ones under medical care.

The Tribune-Democrat examines how seized property is accounted for and dispersed by Johnstown and Cambria County law enforcement.

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Congressman Brendan Boyle … Want to wish someone a happy birthday in our newsletter? Email us their name, job title and upcoming birthday at editor@cityandstatepa.com

 

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TODAY’S SKED: 

10 a.m. - Mayor Kenney will welcome youth from 18 P.A.L. Centers across the city as they shadow city officials for the day. Mayor’s Reception Room, City Hall, Room 202, Philadelphia.

11 a.m. - the PA House Judiciary Committee will meet. Room G50, Irvis Office, Harrisburg.

11:30 a.m. - the PA Senate and House Labor & Industry Committee will meet. Room 60, East Wing, Harrisburg.

12 p.m. - the PA House Children and Youth Committee will meet. Room B31, Main Capitol, Harrisburg.

12 p.m. - the PA House Transportation Committee will meet. Room 205, Ryan Office, Harrisburg.

12:30 p.m. - the PA Senate Judiciary Committee will meet. Room 461  Main Capitol, Harrisburg.

1 p.m. - the PA Senate will reconvene. Main Capitol, Harrisburg.

1 p.m. - The PA House will reconvene. Main Capitol, Harrisburg.

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

 

KICKER: "He's failed at budget negotiations and he's failed at managing the out-of-control costs of state government, and he's failed to reform the system that he ran against. He's failed to do anything meaningful for the people of Pennsylvania." – State Sen. Scott Wagner on Tom Wolf, ahead of a crucial budget address by the governor. From the Patriot News.

 

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