WEATHER: Philadelphia, partly cloudy, high of 37; Harrisburg, partly cloudy, high of 32; Pittsburgh, partly cloudy, high of 28.
NEW FROM CITY&STATE:
* Philadelphia is facing a probable property tax hike next year to close a looming school funding deficit – an opportunity City Council could use to cut the terms of the city’s 10-year property tax abatement to blunt any proposed increase.
* An op-ed by Adam Xu, chairman of the Asian American Licensed Beverage Association of Philadelphia, has an extremely grim vision of what will happen to stop-and-go owners if a Philadelphia CIty Council bill forces them to take down their protective bulletproof glass partitions.
NEW THIS MORNING:
* U.S. Sen. Bob Casey has called on President Donald Trump to resign over his outstanding sexual assault allegations, the Patriot-News reports.
* The list of municipalities opting out of the state-approved gambling expansion continues to grow – some 400 towns and cities have now taken themselves out of consideration as hosts for new mini-casinos, ABC-27 reports.
* State Rep. Rob Kauffman is calling on Gov. Tom Wolf to release the Inspector General’s report on alleged abuses by Lt. Gov. Mike Stack, according to the Morning Call.
* Chronically absent City Commissioner Anthony Clark was ousted as chair of the Philly election board – he will be replaced by fellow Commissioner Lisa Deeley, the Inquirer writes.
* A last-ditch effort to approve a natural gas severance tax died late last night in the state House, according to WHYY.
* Following a domestic-dispute slaying in Pittsburgh, a bill allowing the electronic monitoring of defendants facing protection-from-abuse orders is advancing through the statehouse, the Post-Gazette writes.
* Prominent gay business owners in Philadelphia are calling for the city to add an LGBT category to its minority contracting provisions, according to WHYY.
* A Mexican family facing deportation is seeking sanctuary in Philly church basement, WHYY writes.
* The city of Easton could become the latest in Pennsylvania to decriminalize marijuana, the Morning Call reports.
* The city of Harrisburg won high marks for responsible spending as it looks to drop its fiscally distressed status but could be required to eliminate a lucrative commuter tax as it does so, according the Patriot-News.
* Former Gov. Tom Ridge has returned home following a heart attack, the Inquirer reports.
* The Inquirer writes that the controversial DROP program isn’t the only millstone around Philadelphia’s neck – it would be great to get rid of the 10-year tax abatement and the Mayor’s Fund as well.
* The Patriot-News calls on Gov. Wolf to honor his election promise to run a transparent administration and release the Inspector General report on Lt. Gov. Stack’s alleged mistreatment of staff.
* WHYY’s Dick Polman sifts through the aftermath of Doug Jones’s historic win on Tuesday to find the winners and losers of the election.
* The Dispatch worries about how long it will take for York County to win back the trust of its voters after Election Day programming errors allowed people to vote more than once for candidates.
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* The City of Philadelphia’s new director of place-based initiatives at the Office of Community Empowerment and Opportunity, Samantha Porter, talks to Generocity about the future of the West Philadelphia Promise Zone.
* Philadelphia Federal Credit Union is using a social media campaign to determine how to distribute $5,000 to local nonprofits, writes Generocity.
* The Charles F. Kaufman Foundation is seeking Letters of Intent for its new Initiative Research Grants program in Pennsylvania, writes Philanthropy News DIgest.
9 a.m. - the PA House Appropriations Committee will meet. Room G50, Irvis Office Building, Harrisburg.
9 a.m. - the Philadelphia City Council Committee of the Whole will met. Room 400, City Hall, Philadelphia.
10 a.m. - the Philadelphia City Council will met. Room 400, City Hall, Philadelphia.
10 a.m. - the Pittsburgh City Council Post Agenda will meet. Council Chambers, City-County Building, Pittsburgh.
11 a.m. - Budget Secretary Randy Albright will give a mid-year update on the budget. Governor’s Reception Room, Main Capitol Building, Harrisburg.
1:30 p.m. - the Pittsburgh City Council Post Agenda will meet. Council Chambers, City-County Building, Pittsburgh.
2:45 p.m. - Gov. Wolf will visit a DMVA home. 1 Veterans Drive, Spring City.
3:30 p.m. - the Pittsburgh City Council Committee on Hearings will meet. Council Chambers, City-County Building, Pittsburgh.
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KICKER: “I decided I was going to do that whether he was there or not.” – Commissioner Al Schmidt on his decision to vote out his chronically absent colleague Anthony Clark as chair of Philadelphia City Commissioners in absentia. From the Inquirer.