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Senate OKs Philly schools cigarette tax measure

Written by The Associated Press | Sep 23, 2014 4:32 PM
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(Harrisburg) -- After months of delay, a bill to provide crucial revenue for the cash-strapped Philadelphia School District is on its way to Governor Corbett's desk.

The state Senate joined the House in supporting the measure today by a 39-11 vote.

Corbett's spokesman says he'll sign the bill as soon as it reaches his desk.

The legislation stalled in June, even though both the House and Senate supported the tax authorization to provide $83 million a year to the state's largest school district.

House and Senate Republican leaders battled over unrelated provisions that included local hotel taxes and a small-city economic development program, but those were dropped in the final version.

The state already imposes a $1.60-a-pack excise tax on cigarettes.

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