WEATHER: Philadelphia, mostly sunny, high of 54; Harrisburg, mostly sunny, high of 54; Pittsburgh, partly cloudy, high of 53.

 

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NEW FROM CITY & STATE:

* Philadelphia is making a second attempt at radically changing its campaign finance system by reintroducing a bill to shift from annual contribution limits to one limit per four-year election cycle and introducing a raft of smaller tweaks.

 

NEW THIS MORNING:

* Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross issued a public apology to two black men arrested at a local Starbucks, stating that he regretted his handling of an incident that became a national focal point for outrage over racialized policing, the Inquirer reports.

* As other Republicans waver ahead of tough midterms, U.S. Senate candidate Lou Barletta doubled down on his support for President Donald Trump, according to the Tribune-Review.

* GOP gubernatorial candidate Laura Ellsworth chided her feuding opponents Scott Wagner and Paul Mango for bailing on a recent debate, the Patriot-News writes.

* A union led by John Dougherty invested $25,000 into the campaign of Lewis Thomas III – a man described by critics as a “con artist” – for the 188th state House seat, according to the Inquirer.

* Philadelphia City Council pumped the brakes on a plan to impose an “onerous” increase in community notification standards for new developments, WHYY writes.

* Council leadership also called for an audit of new Philadelphia property tax assessments that some have called a backdoor tax increase, the Inquirer reports.

* The American Beverage Association circulated a poll purportedly showing that most Philadelphians were opposed to a soda tax the industry has spent millions attempting to overturn, the Business Journal reports.

* The U.S. Army is scouting Philadelphia and a string of other cities as it looks for a location for a new innovation and technology command center, the AP reports.

* The Northampton County Gaming Authority disbanded after a state Supreme Court ruling changed the way gambling revenues were disbursed to localities, the Morning Call writes.

 

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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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EDITORIAL PAGES:

* The Post-Gazette uses the American Lung Association’s recent report on the Pittsburgh region’s subpar air quality to call for more substantive action to improve it, especially if leaders are serious about convincing Amazon to locate there.

* The Times-Tribune praises retiring PA Sen. Stewart Greenleaf’s “remarkable transition” from hardliner to reformer on criminal justice, and calls for passage of his slate of criminal justice reform bills.

* The Daily Times lauds the state Senate’s passage of a bill bringing harsher penalties to bear on drunk drivers who kill while behind the wheel, sharing examples of lives lost to illustrate why the measure is needed.

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Daniel McElhatton, political and communications consultant (4/19)… PA Rep. Tina Davis (4/21) … 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 culls the best Philly Tech Week events for social impact pros to attend.

* Indiana University of Pennsylvania will receive a $23 million gift in support of math and science initiatives from an alumni couple, reports Philanthropy News Digest.

 

TODAY’S SKED:

10 a.m. - Mayor Kenney will deliver remarks at the official ribbon-cutting of the new section of the Schuylkill Trail that extends from South Street to Christian Street. CHOP's Roberts Center, 734 Schuylkill Ave, Philadelphia.

10 a.m. - the PA House Judiciary and Transportation Committees will meet. City Hall, Room 676, 1401 John F. Kennedy Blvd., Philadelphia.

11:15 a.m. - Mayor Kenney will deliver remarks to celebrate DC-21’s donation of instructors and apprentices to repaint the entire stadium at George Washington High School. George Washington High School, 10175 Bustleton Ave, Philadelphia.

1 p.m. - the PA Senate Education Committee will meet. Bedford County Courthouse, 200 S. Julianna St., Bedford.

6 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will speak at the signature fundraiser for Mission Kids Child Advocacy Center, an organization that provides a safe haven for children who are victims of abuse. Hamilton Hall at the Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia.

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

 

KICKER: “People who are good to us, we’re good to.” – Union leader John Dougherty on a decision to donate money to the state House campaign of Louis Thomas III, a man accused of serial lying. From the Inquirer.