By Larry Kane
HARRISBURG (CBS) — There is a political showdown in Harrisburg today, but its an all-Republican get together. Philadelphia school leaders are threatening layoffs and cutbacks unless they can balance their budget by August 15th with a hefty increase in the city’s cigarette tax.
Facing a tough re-election fight, Governor Tom Corbett is set to meet with his Republican legislative leaders.
The leaders have refused to call the Pa. House back from vacation to pass an increase in the Philadelphia cigarette tax, a tax that could prevent school layoffs and maybe a late opening.
If they say no again, the Governor has the option of advancing the money to the schools, with the expectation that the legislature will pass the tax increase later.
Republican party infighting has stalled the tax increase, and 90 days out from the election, this is Corbett’s chance to get the crisis resolved.