(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.
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