WEATHER: Philadelphia, partly cloudy, high of 78; Harrisburg, partly cloudy, high of 82; Pittsburgh, mostly sunny, high of 86.
NEW FROM CITY & STATE PA:
* The PA Senate returns to the Capitol today to work on finding a revenue fix for the $2.2 billion shortfall afflicting the 2016-17 and 2017-18 state budgets.
NEW THIS MORNING:
* An aide to a political rival said Congressman Bob Brady paid a primary challenger to $90,000 to quit a race for his 1st District seat in 2012, the Inquirer reports.
* After a year of speculation, Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski has been slapped with corruption charges by federal prosecutors, according to the Morning Call.
* Despite continued resistance from Republicans in the House, the PA Senate will again vote on revenue bills that could end a lingering budget impasse, the Post-Gazette writes.
* US Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced new funding restrictions for Sanctuary Cities like Philadelphia, the Inquirer writes.
* Philadelphia’s building trades have made little progress responding to calls for more diversity and inclusion, writes WHYY.
* NBC-10 released a video series outlining exactly how former Congressman Chaka Fattah was brought down over a crooked campaign finance scheme.
* Real estate experts said that Philadelphia could be on the cusp of a small real estate bubble – or the beginning of persistently high real estate prices, according to WHYY.
* Lawyer Tom Kline announced a $7.5 million gift to fund the continuing education of judges of in Philadelphia, the Business Journal reports.
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* The Inquirer writes that it’s time for the Legislature to accept reality and raise taxes – specifically, a .25 percent income tax increase – to fix the state’s budget deficit.
* The Observer-Reporter welcomes the resignation of PA State System of Higher Education head Frank Brogan as a necessary step for the future of the crisis-stricken system.
* The Dispatch is dumbfounded by US Rep. Scott Perry’s effort to block a Department of Defense study on the effects of climate change on national security and urges him to wake up and smell the sea level rise.
* The Times-Tribune urges PA lawmakers to raise the minimum age to purchase cigarettes to 21, as New Jersey has done, as a way to lower health care costs and save lives.
* WHYY’s Dick Polman is lukewarm on the Democrats’ new “A Better Deal” slogan and agenda, but agrees it’s at least a good start to the party’s efforts to win back the House.
* The Times-News heralds the first piping plovers to hatch on Presque Isle since the 1950s as a victory for government planning and persistence.
THE PUBLIC LOSES IF ‘COMPETING’ CASINOS CAN HAVE SAME PRINCIPAL OWNERS
Philadelphia Inquirer Editorial Board (07/12/17): “More gambling and fewer restrictions is a losing bet. Pennsylvania had good reasons to limit casino ownership when the law was written; those reasons haven’t changed.” Allowing concentrated ownership in multiple casinos is bad for competition and growth in Pennsylvania. Removing ownership restrictions puts "the casino industry’s interests above the public’s," and is only meant to enable one casino owner's "already considerable wealth and power": Watche Manoukian. Learn more: bit.ly/2tgiPqn
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* The Lancaster County SPCA is closing down operations for good due to a bad business model and lack of funds, reports the Central PA Business Journal.
* Ann Moffit is the new development director at the Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance, writes the Central PA Business Journal.
* The Citizen covers the impact of a Pew Center for Arts & Heritage grant that uses museum visits as a way to connect Thomas Jefferson University medical students to patients with dementia and their caregivers.
10 a.m. - the Pittsburgh City Council Standing Committee will meet. Council Chambers, City-County Building, Pittsburgh.
10 a.m. - the PA House State Government Committee will meet. Room 205, Ryan Office Building, Harrisburg.
10:30 a.m. - Mayor Kenney, Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell, representatives from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), the Water Department and other city officials will hold an award ceremony to honor CHOP and its contractors to mark the completion of pioneering stormwater management features on its new 12 story building that is expected to receive LEED Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. CHOP, 6th Floor Rooftop Garden, 3500 Civic Center Blvd., Philadelphia.
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KICKER: “They did all that. That’s five years ago. I don’t remember none of that...Whatever they did, I don’t know.” – Congressman Bob Brady’s memory suddenly gets hazy when asked if he was involved in paying a 2012 political challenger $90,000 to go away. From the Inquirer.