WEATHER: Philadelphia, rain, high of 66; Harrisburg, a.m. rain, high of 63; Pittsburgh, cloudy, high of 59.

 

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TOMORROW: Come celebrate and honor a five-star Salute to Labor!

On April 26, the Philadelphia Public Record will present the 2018 Salute to Labor Awards. Five outstanding individuals from Philadelphia’s union leadership will be honored for their contributions to organized labor and the city’s growth. To be a part of the celebration at Penns Landing Caterers, click here.

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NEW FROM CITY & STATE:

* A special report on the Republican State Committee of Pennsylvania shows that the GOP’s organizing nerve center is short on cash and bled nearly all senior employees after a recent wave of staff departures.

* After drawing national scrutiny for the controversial imprisonment of popular rapper Meek Mill over a parole violation, a new Columbia University study shows that Pennsylvania leads the country in the rate of residents sentenced to similarly lengthy parole terms.

 

NEW THIS MORNING:

* Popular rapper Meek Mill left a state correctional institution by helicopter shortly after the PA Supreme Court ordered his release after a five-month jail stint, FOX-29 writes.

* A PAC supporting PA-5 candidate Ashley Lunkenheimer appeared in the race – although its funders are a mystery, the Inquirer reports.

* Two more PA-5 candidates dropped out as a PAC supporting candidate Rich Lazer dropped hundreds of thousands into TV ads, according to WHYY.

* DA Larry Krasner asked Philadelphia City Council for a 13 percent budget increase at hearings on Tuesday, the Inquirer writes.

* Philadelphia Magazine sat down with Center City District director Paul Levy for a Q&A – a leader in downtown economic development, Levy identified the city’s obsolete, “manufacturing age” tax code as its biggest obstacle to growth.

* Township officials from across the state urged Gov. Tom Wolf and legislators to stanch a critical shortage of emergency responders via special session, the Patriot-News reports.

* A bill to create a uniform threat-reporting system for public schools cleared a state Senate committee vote, the Post-Gazette writes.

* Officials in Philadelphia released an “action plan” to deal with the fallout from allegedly racially motivated arrests a downtown Starbucks, according to Billy Penn.

* A new report from Philadelphia’s Department of Health shows that opioid overdose deaths crack 1,200 last year due to a spike in fentanyl-tainted product, WHYY reports.

 

EDITORIAL PAGES:

* The Inquirer urges Philadelphia City Council to approach any changes to the city’s wildly successful property tax abatement program with caution if they want to continue the city’s growth while also raising more revenue.

* The Dispatch has an op-ed from state Sen. Mike Folmer, chair of the State Government Committee, who discusses his progress on enacting a legislative solution to redistricting reform.

* LancasterOnline is at a loss as to why US Rep. Lloyd Smucker won’t show up for their Republican candidates’ forum – his campaign said it wouldn’t be “the best use of his time.”

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: US Rep. Keith Rothfus … Want to wish someone a happy birthday in our newsletter? Email us their name, job title and upcoming birthday to editor@cityandstatepa.com

 

NONPROFIT NEWS:

* Generocity previews Tech in the Commons, a Philadelphia-based “boot camp” to teach nonprofits how to best integrate technological advances into their workspace and initiatives.

* Anne Druck has been named CEO and executive director of the United Way of York County, according to the Central PA Business Journal.

 

TODAY’S SKED:

9 a.m. - the PA Senate Environmental Resources & Energy and Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committees will meet. Room 8E-B, East Wing, Harrisburg.

9:30 a.m. - the PA House Legislative Budget and Finance Committee will meet. Hearing Room 1, North Office Building, Harrisburg.

10 a.m. - the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) and Department of Aging will host a debut screening of “Preparing Together for Emergencies” – a video that prepares older Pennsylvanians for emergency situations. PEMA Headquarters, Room 112, 1310 Elmerton Avenue, Harrisburg.

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

10:30 a.m. - Mayor Kenney will join judicial leadership and deliver remarks at this event to discuss a new collaborative criminal justice and community program that allows citizens an opportunity to address outstanding probation and parole bench warrants. Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church East, 2800 West Cheltenham Ave, Philadelphia.

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

2 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will deliver remarks as the More Color More Pride flag is raised in support of LGBTQ people of color. aLOFT Hotel, 101 North Broad St, Philadelphia.

3 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will deliver remarks at the ribbon cutting to celebrate the official opening of the brand new USO facility at the Philadelphia Airport. Philadelphia Airport Terminal E-Departures, Philadelphia.

5:15 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will deliver remarks at a launch event for PHMC’s new campaign to promote inclusive practices in early childhood education and be joined by PHLpreK Director Julie Beamon, as well as other early childhood education leaders. DoubleTree Hotel, 237 S Broad St, Symphony Ballroom 3rd Floor, Philadelphia.

6 p.m. - Members of the newly appointed Board of Education will host the first in a series of five “listening sessions” across the city. Students, parents, educators, and residents are encouraged to attend and participate in these public conversations about Philadelphia schools. Dobbins CTE High School, 2150 West Lehigh Avenue, Philadelphia.

7 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will deliver remarks at this event to celebrate the opening of Meridian Bank’s first Philadelphia location, a community bank headquartered in Malvern. One Liberty Observation Deck, 1650 Market St, 57th Floor, Philadelphia.

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

 

KICKER: "To only have $15,000 at the end of the year … forget about bonuses – you’re struggling to make the payroll.” – Former Democratic Party chair T.J. Rooney on the ailing finances of the PA GOP. From City & State PA.