WEATHER: Philadelphia, mostly sunny, high of 44; Harrisburg, partly cloudy, high of 44; Pittsburgh, p.m. snow showers, high of 43.
NEW FROM CITY&STATE:
* Philadelphia’s City Council passed an ordinance tightening reporting requirements for some $200 million in tax breaks doled out by the city each year.
NEW THIS MORNING:
* Trump’s budget proposal will have chilling effects on local transit and planning agencies, legal aid societies and heating subsides for the poor, the Inquirer reports.
* Prosecutors continued to play incriminating conversations secretly recorded by ex-PA Treasurer Rob McCord in the bribery trial of Chester County businessman Richard Ireland, the Post-Gazette writes.
* State Sen. Jake Corman confirms that he will not be running for governor in 2018, ending months of speculation, according to the Patriot-News.
* Philadelphia’s many DA candidates sparred at a debate in West Philadelphia, the Inquirer writes.
* In the Daily News’ Clout: Erstwhile congressional candidate Lindy Li sent out a pseudo-campaign email containing an unauthorized photo of her posing with Mayor Jim Kenney.
* Auditor General Eugene DePasquale is being sued by a state-funded anti-abortion group he was investigating, WHYY reports.
* PlanPhilly investigates Philadelphia’s crowded landlord-tenant courts, which have swollen as rents and eviction rates have risen.
* Nearly 20,000 people were arrested in PA last year for carrying less than 30 grams of marijuana, the Inquirer writes.
* A fedora-wearing 20-year-old is running as an independent candidate for mayor in Lancaster, according to LancasterOnline.
What’s your issue?
Whatever it is, First Read gives you the platform and microphone to promote it – first thing in the morning. Every day, Pennsylvania elected officials, policy experts, lobbyists and staff check City & State’s First Read. Get their attention…right here.
To use First Read’s power and reach, email David Alpher or call 215-490-9314, ext. 3001.
* The Daily Record has an op-ed by PA Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller showing how different demographics in the state will be hurt by Trumpcare.
* The Citizens’ Voice calls for the General Assembly to immediately begin the process for passing a state constitutional amendment to create a nonpartisan redistricting commission.
* The Dispatch has an op-ed from PA Sen. Mike Folmer explaining why he has joined with PA Sen. Dave Argall to fight for passage of the bill to eliminate school property taxes.
* WHYY’s Dick Polman explores how the judiciary’s refusal to ignore President Trump’s history of statements about Muslims bodes ill for the future of his travel bans.
* The Times-News knows the Erie School District must downsize, but finds the rushed way it is being done – thanks to the state’s failure to approve a bailout – unacceptable.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Mary Hannah Leavitt, President Judge of the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania … Want to wish someone a happy birthday in our newsletter? Email us their name, job title and upcoming birthday at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tell your friends about First Read, win a $100 gift card!
Sign up your friends, family members and work associates for complimentary subscriptions to First Read this month. Your own email address will then be entered into a random drawing to win one of three $100 Visa gift cards!
10 a.m. - Mayor Kenney and Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown will join the Youth Commission as they announce the ‘Letters to the White House’ Campaign, a nonpartisan effort to communicate with the new administration about issues and topics that impact Philadelphia’s youth. Mayor’s Reception Room, City Hall, Room 202, Philadelphia.
11 a.m. - Mayor Kenney will speak about the Irish-American immigrant experience at the annual St. Patrick’s Day Commemoration at the Irish Memorial. Irish Memorial, Penn’s Landing, Front & Chestnut, Philadelphia.
12 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will provide remarks at this annual event celebrating National Women of Color Day. Women of Color at Penn is the longest sustained celebration and is the standard by which others are measured. 3600 Sansom Street, Main Ballroom, Philadelphia.
6 p.m. - Governor and First Lady Wolf will attend the Society of Irish Women reception. Hilton, 100 Adams Avenue, Scranton.
To have your events included in Today’s Sked, please email information to email@example.com.
KICKER: “Would it help you more … if we put you on the payroll after you left Treasury?” – Businessman Richard Ireland, today on trial for bribery, in secretly recorded conversations with then-Treasurer Rob McCord. From the Post-Gazette.