WEATHER: Philadelphia, isolated thunderstorms, high of 81; Harrisburg, a.m. rain, high of 77; Pittsburgh, a.m. rain, high of 71.



* The PA House GOP passed what it called “The Putting People First Budget,” a revenue plan that borrows from numerous funds and has no new taxes.

* Via Philly Weekly’s Max Marin: Upon its return today, Philadelphia City Council will focus on mandating more funding for the Police Advisory Commission as a way to strengthen the beleaguered group.

* Former WHYY reporter Elizabeth Fiedler’s official entry into the 2018 race for the PA House’s 184th District seat creates a battle of two very different South Phillys.



* The lawyer for Jimmie Moore, the judge who primaried Congressman Bob Brady in 2012, said that Moore will admit to concealing a $90,000 payment Brady’s campaign gave him to drop out of the race, the Inquirer writes

* US Sens. Bob Casey and Pat Toomey co-sponsored a bill to determine how many people have been affected by contaminated water near military bases that used the chemicals PFOS and PFOA, writes the Inquirer.

* Sen. Toomey said that a bipartisan dinner with President Donald Trump to discuss tax reform was “constructive,” the Patriot-News reports.

* Inspector General Bruce Beemer charged 73 people with committing almost $300,000 worth of welfare fraud, writes the Patriot News.

* PA Sen. Larry Farnese continued his push to protect community groups against SLAPP (strategic lawsuit against public participation) lawsuits designed to intimidate them, writes WHYY

* The percentage of uninsured Pennsylvanians dropped again, to 5.6 percent in 2016 – down from 9.7 percent in 2013 and now 12th-lowest in the nation, writes the AP.

* Philadelphia’s Zoning Board of of Adjustment revoked the permit of a sex-positive club in the city’s Tacony section, reports PlanPhilly.

* A rally in the Capitol Rotunda featured numerous calls for the Legislature to overhaul the state’s redistricting process, reports WHYY.

* PA schools that had previously stated support for Dreamers reiterated that they would protect their students in the wake of President Trump’s decision to end DACA, writes WHYY.

* As expected, the Delaware River Basin Commission took the first steps toward permanently banning fracking near the Delaware River and its tributaries, writes the AP.

* The Pittsburgh executive who implicated Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski in a streetlight bid-rigging scheme was sentenced in federal court, writes the Morning Call.

* The PA Senate’s Majority Policy Committee met in Erie to discuss and get a first-hand view of the fight against urban blight, reports the Times-News.



* The Inquirer has an op-ed by Govs. Ed Rendell and Tom Corbett arguing for immediate reform of the federal Renewable Fuel Standard in order to save refinery jobs in the state.

* The Inquirer’s Inga Saffron writes an open letter to Amazon pitching Philadelphia as the ideal location for their proposed second headquarters.

* The Morning Call’s Bill White calls yesterday’s redistricting protest in the Capitol Rotunda just the type of action needed to get the Legislature to take efforts to end gerrymandering seriously.

* Newsworks’ Dick Polman draws a straight line between the horrifying results from the Annenberg Public Policy Center’s latest civics survey and the likelihood that a poorly informed electorate is more susceptible to a demagogue.

* The Intelligencer looks at both sides of the brewing controversy over Council Rock High School North’s “Indians” mascot, suggesting that the Lenape should decide if it is offensive.


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* 412 Food Rescue, a nonprofit that distributes food that would have been thrown out to needy people, is adding four new sites across the state, writes the Observer-Reporter.

* The staff at Philadelphia’s Mazzoni Center, which has been at the center of numerous recent controversies, voted to unionize, writes Philadelphia Magazine.

* Generocity tracks how local nonprofits are working to diversify the makeup of their boards.

* Philanthropy Network's 2017 Corporate Funders' Workshop will take place Sept. 15 at Cigna headquarters in Philadelphia from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. For more information, click here.



9 a.m. - the PA Senate Pennsylvania Commission On Sentencing will meet. Commission Office, 204 E. Calder Way, Suite 400, State College.

10 a.m. - the PA Senate Independent Regulatory Review Commission will meet. 14th Floor Conference Room, 333 Market Street, Harrisburg.

10 a.m. - the Philadelphia City Council will meet. Room 40, City Hall, Philadelphia.

11 a.m. - Mayor Kenney, Comcast Spectacor President Dave Scott and National Lacrosse League (NLL) Commissioner Nick Sakiewicz will announce the NLL’s return to Philadelphia. Wells Fargo Center, Event Floor, 3601 S. Broad St., Philadelphia.

12 p.m. - Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding will address the Food and Beverage producers’ seminar. John Henry and Le Grand Rooms, Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course, 777 Hollywood Boulevard, Grantville.

6:15 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will be in attendance for this event kicking off the O17 Festival. The festival will feature 12 days of opera across six venues in Philadelphia for a total of 31 performances including 3, world premieres. Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad St., Philadelphia.


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KICKER: "We’ve basically been told by the other parties that until we show we have the votes for a revenue package, that nobody is negotiating. Today, we showed we have a majority of the House for the proposal we sent over.” – PA House Majority Leader Dave Reed, discussing the chamber’s long-awaited revenue plan. From City&State PA.