WEATHER: Philadelphia, cloudy, high of 48; Harrisburg, partly cloudy, high of 46; Pittsburgh, snow showers, high of 40.
NEW FROM CITY&STATE:
* Philadelphia DA candidates released their campaign finance reports – incumbent Seth Williams’ war chest is trailing some of his opponents by nearly $100,000.
* The PA Senate advanced a raft of conservative legislation held over from last year, including bills aiming to end the automatic collection of union dues and to obstruct the collection of public benefits by undocumented immigrants.
* Legislation designed as punishment for so-called “sanctuary cities” by withholding state grant funding was delayed for another next week.
* A watered-down civil asset forfeiture reform bill moved closer to passage in Harrisburg, but onetime proponents say it's been gutted of its last meaningful provision.
* Gov. Tom Wolf’s chief of staff, Mary Isenhour, stepped down to advise on his re-election campaign. She was replaced by deputy chief of staff Mike Brunelle.
NEW THIS MORNING:
* Republican state Sen. Scott Wagner loaned his campaign $4 million to kickstart his gubernatorial run, the Patriot News reports.
* PA residents concerned about the Trump administration say they’ve found a number of Republican legislators – specifically, US Sen. Pat Toomey – have been notably hard to reach in recent weeks, according to the Post-Gazette.
* Gov. Wolf asked for $10 million to equip first responders with Naloxone, an anti-overdose drug, the Inquirer writes.
* Officials in Pittsburgh warn that the closing of a regional state prison under a cost-saving plan will lead to overcrowding at a nearby facility, the Tribune-Review reports.
* The State Troopers will loosen a requirement requiring cadets obtain an associate's degree, citing a shortage of new recruits, according to the Patriot News.
* Lawmakers advanced a Senate bill that would require teachers collectively bargain for paid sick leave, the Patriot News reports.
* Auditor General Eugene DePasquale pledged to review finances at the troubled ASPIRA charter school chain, according to the Inquirer.
* A jury in Philadelphia found liable all defendants in the civil trial over a fatal 2013 downtown building collapse, the Inquirer reports.
* Pittsburgh Controller Michael Lamb wants the city to have access to data collected by ridesharing services like Uber, according to the Post-Gazette.
* The Philadelphia school district released a new report documenting its “most improved” schools, WHYY reports.
* The City of Philadelphia auctioned off a miniature suit of armor that officials had confiscated from an illegal flea market, the Inquirer writes.
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* The Daily News calls out the stunning hypocrisy of PA Sen. John Eichelberger’s proposed bill to invalidate Philadelphia’s paid sick-leave law.
* The Citizen has a fascinating read from Richardson Dilworth, who argues that Philadelphia needs to get bigger by incorporating nearby suburbs in order to fight effectively against Trump.
* The Observer-Reporter urges more assistance for the State System of Higher Education as it tries to solve its fiscal and attendance crisis.
* The Citizens’ Voice supports Gov. Wolf’s plan to consolidate four state agencies into the Department of Health and Human Services, and hopes more savings and efficiency follow.
* LancasterOnline also appreciates Wolf’s proposal, but wants to see the details of how the consolidation would work without negatively impacting citizens.
* WHYY’s Dick Polman unpacks Trump’s firing of interim US Attorney General Sally Yates, including some devastating quotes on Trump’s actions from GOP players.
* The Intelligencer takes a skeptical view of PennEast Pipeline Co.’s giving charitable grants to organizations coincidentally located along its proposed pipeline.
* The Times-Tribune excoriates the Dickson City Borough Council for allowing its tax collector to bill residents $10 each for copying and mailing their tax bills – even though the borough government covers those costs.
* The Daily Record applauds the efforts of York County President Judge Joseph C. Adams in changing the county’s approach to protecting victims of domestic violence.
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10 a.m. - the PA Senate Game & Fisheries Committee will meet. Room 8E-B, East Wing, Harrisburg.
10 a.m. - In recognition of February, Career and Technical Education Month, Mayor Kenney will tour the automotive, carpentry, electrical, engineering, plumbing, and allied health academies at Swenson Arts and Technology High School. 2750 Red Lion Road, Philadelphia.
11 a.m. - the PA Senate will reconvene. Main Capitol Building, Harrisburg.
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KICKER:“If he’s actually for us, can he give us his time to let us know he’s there for us?” – Denise Major, a home care worker from Philadelphia, on trying to reach the recently incommunicado Republican US Sen. Pat Toomey to express her concerns about a repeal of Obamacare. From the Post-Gazette.