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(The headquarters of the School District of Philadelphia, on North Broad Street near Spring Garden.  File photo by Mike DeNardo)

If No Cigarette Tax By Aug. 15, Phila. School District Says Layoffs Will Begin

Philadelphia’s schools superintendent says if the state legislature doesn’t authorize a cigarette tax by the middle of next month, he’ll begin sending out pink slips.

07/09/2014

(The Capitol Building in Harrisburg.   Credit: Mladen Antonov/ AFP/ Getty Images)

Cigarette Tax To Fund Philadelphia Schools Suffers Setback As Pa. State Senate Amends Bill Further

Mayor Michael Nutter tried to remain upbeat, saying the cigarette tax proposal is still alive, but added, “We are caught in a vortex of political hell with no particular path out.”

07/08/2014

Mayor Michael Nutter Wednesday night at the Capitol. (credit: Tony Romeo/KYW)

After Battle, Pa. House OKs Philadelphia Cigarette Tax

In a major breakthrough for city and school district officials, the state House Wednesday night passed a bill that would authorize a cigarette tax to help close the Philadelphia school district’s deficit.

07/02/2014

(The headquarters of the School District of Philadelphia, on North Broad Street near Spring Garden.  File photo by Mike DeNardo)

Philadelphia School Funding Proposal Falls Short In Late Night Maneuver

House Republican leaders Tuesday night thwarted an 11th hour effort by Philadelphia Democrats to get committee approval for a Philadelphia school funding proposal.

07/02/2014

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Cigarette Tax Proposal To Fund Philadelphia Schools Moves Forward In Pa. Senate

In something of a surprise move, the state Senate Monday night approved an amendment that would enact the cigarette tax for Philadelphia schools. Mayor Michael Nutter celebrated the moment.

06/30/2014

(School District of Philadelphia headquarters, near Broad and Spring Garden Streets.  File photo by Mike DeNardo)

Mayor Nutter: ‘The Children Of Philadelphia Are Being Educationally Abused’

The mayor says Governor Corbett is using Philadelphia children as pawns to get other state issues approved, in order for the schools to get more funding.

06/30/2014

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Proposal For Cigarette Tax To Fund Philadelphia Schools May Be Going Up In Smoke

Prospects for approval of a cigarette tax increase to fund Philadelphia schools before state lawmakers’ summer recess have hit rough waters.

06/26/2014

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School Reform Commission Makes Bold Move To Avoid More Cuts

The SRC won’t adopt a budget for next school year until it has secured adequate funding for Philadelphia schools on both the local and state level.

05/30/2014

(The state capitol in Harrisburg.  File photo)

Pa. Plan To Bail Out Philadelphia Schools Shifts

A Philadelphia state senator says a rescue package for Philadelphia schools is evolving and that the latest proposal no longer includes giving the city the power to increase cigarette taxes there.

06/30/2013

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Health: Cigarette Tax Proposal Would Help The Health of Philadelphians

The health department says smoking kills more people than murders, aids, car accidents, diabetes and illegal drugs combined.

06/26/2013

Stigall Show Log 6.26.13

Chris analyzes President Obama’s new initiative to combat climate change, the Flyers decision to buy out Goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov, and the a potential partnership between the Department of Health and Human Services and the NFL. He also talks to the CEO of the National Constitution Center, Jeffrey Rosen, Tom McGrath from the Philly Post, and an energy industry executive to respond to the President’s proposals to curb carbon emissions.

Talk Radio 1210 WPHT–06/26/2013

(Mayor Michael Nutter.  File photo by Mike Dunn)

Nutter’s Tax Plan For Philadelphia School Funding Introduced in City Council

“If and until those bills are introduced on the state level, and we see some sense that there is some action, there’s really not a lot that we can do locally,” City Council president Darrell Clarke says.

05/23/2013