Philly Schools Cigarette Tax Heads To Uncertain Fate

Written by The Associated Press | Jul 1, 2014 3:06 PM



(Harrisburg) _ Legislation that Philadelphia officials say is crucial to helping its schools open this fall is headed to the state House of Representatives, where its fate is uncertain. 

Senators voted 38-12 on Tuesday to give Philadelphia the authority to impose a $2 per-pack sales tax on cigarettes. 

The tax is designed to provide $83 million to help fill a Philadelphia public schools budget deficit. City officials say another round of layoffs would leave Pennsylvania's largest school district ill-equipped to educate children. 

But a spokesman says House Republicans have no plans to hold a vote on the bill because Philadelphia lawmakers haven't advocated for it. 

On Sunday, Gov. Tom Corbett and House Republican leaders had said they'd support it if Philadelphia Democrats backed Republican-crafted pension legislation. Democrats oppose the pension bill. 

Published in Harrisburg, News

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