News

Pa. Senate signals support for Philly cigarette tax

Written by The Associated Press | Jun 30, 2014 8:44 PM
Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Cigarettes.jpg

(Harrisburg) -- The Republican-controlled state Senate is poised to approve legislation allowing Philadelphia to help fund its public schools with a cigarette tax increase.

Senators have voted 40-to-10  to add the provision to a wider-ranging bill that makes changes to laws that govern municipalities and counties.

A final vote was expected today, while House approval is still required.

Philadelphia officials say that imposing a $2 per-pack city excise tax on cigarette sales will provide $83 million for its schools. Without the money, they say the schools won't be fit to open in the fall.

Governor Corbett and House Republican leaders had suggested they'd block a cigarette tax increase unless Philadelphia Democrats signed on to legislation to pare back future public employee pension benefits.

Published in News

Tagged under , , , , , ,

back to top

Post a comment

Comments: 1

Support for witf is provided by:

Become a witf sponsor today »

witf's Public Insight Network

Grave 43: Remembering Pony

Real Life Real Issues

National Edward R. Murrow Awards

DuPont Columbia Awards

Support Local Journalism

Latest News from NPR

Support for witf is provided by:

Become a witf sponsor today »