WEATHER: Philadelphia, p.m. showers, high of 74; Harrisburg, mostly sunny, high of 83; Pittsburgh, partly cloudy, high of 83.



* The PA Senate began reviewing the House’s latest proposal to balance the state budget, as time and options to avoid a credit downgrade continue to dwindle.



* The Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority is set to vote this morning on dipping into Philadelphia’s reserve fund to pay for a new police contract – just as negotiations for firefighters and white-collar workers are to begin, writes the Inquirer.

* The Bucks County Board of Elections removed some 15,000 inactive voters from its rolls, including 7,500 Democrats and 4,600 Republicans, reports the Intelligencer.

* A lucrative contract with a telecom company providing phone service to inmates is helping York County Prison pay for items like roof repairs and bulletproof vests, writes the Dispatch

* The latest front in Philadelphia’s soda tax war is over competing studies on the tax’s deleterious – or not – effect on jobs as seen through wage taxes, writes the Inquirer.

* The office of the PA Inspector General was made into a permanent position Monday, complete with the power to issue subpoenas and search warrants, writes the Patriot News.

* Republican state Rep. Stephen Bloom announced he will run for the Congressional seat being vacated by US Rep. Lou Barletta, reports the Patriot News.

* A special election to fill the PA House seat left vacant by the death of Rep. Dan McNeill will take place Dec. 5, reports the Morning Call.

* The state completed and delivered its compliance plan for the Every Child Succeeds Act, a federal education law, reports the Post-Gazette.

* As the debate over safe injection sites in Philadelphia heats up, the real and potential hurdles to such a move are adding up, writes Billy Penn.



* The Inquirer draws a painfully plausible connection between the rising costs and lack of accountability of charter schools in the state and the poverty rate in Philadelphia.

* The Citizens’ Voice writes that the Department of Health’s recent obfuscation over medical marijuana applicants demonstrates why tougher penalties are needed to enforce the state’s Open Records Law.

* The Inquirer has an op-ed by Independence Blue Cross CEO Dan Hilferty calling on Congress to act now to preserve and improve the Affordable Care Act.

* The Inquirer has an op-ed by La Colombe CEO Todd Carmichael that lays out in stark terms why raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour is the only way forward for employees and employers.

* WHYY’s Dick Polman highlights one of the more uncomfortable truths about Hillary Clinton’s new book: that the mainstream media played an outsized role in getting Donald Trump elected.


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* PA Sen. Daylin Leach will host Goodstock, a boot camp for activists, Oct. 14 at St. Joseph’s University, the Philly Voice reports.

* Generocity has the story of how Philadelphia’s Strawberry Mansion High School freshmen catalyzed the creation of a Police Athletic League branch in their neighborhood.

* A report released by Philabundance showing that 40 percent of food in the US goes to waste underscores the need for an organic recycling law in Pennsylvania, reports WasteDive.

* Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia will host “Public Health 3.0: Moving Health Forward” from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, click here



8:07 a.m. - Gov. Wolf will be interviewed on KDKA-AM. To listen online, click here.

8:30 a.m. - Gov. Wolf will be interviewed on KQV-AM. To listen online, click here.

10 a.m. - The Wolf Administration, Pennsylvania State Police, and CVS Health representatives will unveil a medication take-back box at Troop H headquarters. Similar drug take-back boxes are now available at 65 State Police stations in Pennsylvania. 8000 Bretz Drive, Harrisburg.

10 a.m. - the PA Senate State Government Committee will meet. Room 8E-B, East Wing, Harrisburg.

10 a.m. - the Pittsburgh City Council will meet. Council Chambers, City-Council Building, Pittsburgh.

11 a.m. - the PA Senate Law & Justice Committee will meet. Hearing Room 1, North Office Building, Harrisburg.

11 a.m. - Pennsylvania’s Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. Tony Carrelli will personally thank grant recipients for their work in support of veterans. Veterans Leadership Program of Western PA, Inc., 2934 Smallman St., Pittsburgh.

11:30 a.m. - the PA Senate Judiciary Committee will meet. Room 8E-B, East Wing, Harrisburg.

1 p.m. - Gov. Wolf will host a Planned Parenthood Panel discussion and community forum. Montgomery Community College, Room CH-148, College Hall, 340 Dekalb Pike, Blue Bell.

1 p.m. - the Philadelphia City Council Committee on Commerce & Economic Development will meet. Room 400, City Hall, Philadelphia.

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

1 p.m. - The Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA) will host a grand opening ceremony for Vaux Big Picture High School, Philadelphia’s newest college preparatory school. The reopening of the school in the Sharswood neighborhood is part of the Philadelphia Housing Authority’s (PHA) Choice Neighborhood transformation plan for the neighborhood. In attendance will be HUD Secretary Ben Carson, Mayor Jim Kenney, PHA CEO Kelvin A. Jeremiah and City Council President Clarke. 2300 Master Street, Philadelphia.

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

2 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will provide opening remarks for AARP National’s intensive training and community forum taking place in Philadelphia. The meeting is in collaboration with the Mayor’s Commission on Asian American Affairs to showcase how collaborative work delivered impactful outcome to better the lives of Philadelphia’s Asian American Community. Hyatt at the Bellevue, Rose Garden Room, 19th Floor, Philadelphia.

4:15 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will offer closing remarks at the Office of Violence Prevention 2017 Faith Based Conference, an event aimed at getting faith leaders more involved in Philadelphia’s collective anti-violence efforts. Philadelphia Anti-Drug/Anti-Violence Network, 2700 N. 17th St., #200, Philadelphia.

6 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will provide remarks and take questions at the Philadelphia Recreation Advisory General Meeting of Parks and Recreation volunteers. Feltonville Recreation Center, 221 E. Wyoming Ave., Philadelphia


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KICKER: "If we want to go down to the ranks of Illinois, we are almost there. We will be the second-worst in the nation. That doesn’t spur economic development or investment when you have such a credit downgrading.” – PA Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati talking about the ramifications of continued inaction on resolving the state’s budget crisis. From City&State PA.