The SRC must consider new charters under provisions that Republican state lawmakers tacked on to a bill allowing the city to collect an extra two dollars a pack on cigarettes, to help close a large budget deficit last year.
After a year of slashing activities, counselors and nurses, the School Reform Commission defied the city charter in May by refusing to approve a budget that would require even more spending cuts.
Mayor Nutter says there’s no conflict between city schools getting millions from the new $2-a-pack tax on cigarettes, and the Health Department’s effort to convince local stores to stop selling cigarettes.
There are many basic freedom issues that Philadelphia government authorities don’t seem to understand.
Philadelphia’s new cigarette tax for school funding has smokers “crossing the border” to save some cash.
Chris discussed the return of the Flyers ice girls, the implementation of the new cigarette tax in Philadelphia, and the Gubernatorial debate between Governor Tom Corbett and Tom Wolf. He talked to State Senator Scott Wagner at 7:20, Victor Fiorillo from Philadelphia Magazine at 8:00, and Eagles General Manager Howie Roseman at 8:20.
Relief. That’s the reaction from Philadelphia school officials at word the Senate has passed the long-awaited cigarette tax.
After hanging in limbo all summer long, the state Senate – on the first day of fall – has finally sent a bill to Governor Tom Corbett that will authorize a $2 per pack tax on cigarettes to raise desperately need cash for Philadelphia schools.
All eyes shift to the state Senate after the House late this afternoon once again approved a bill to authorize a cigarette tax to raise badly needed cash for Philadelphia schools.
The Pennsylvania House is expected to vote today on a proposal to raise new money for the Philadelphia School District — a measure the school district repeats is badly needed.
Pension reform and liquor privatization are longshots, but as lawmakers return to the state capitol today, one thing that may get done is a cigarette tax in Philadelphia to generate badly needed cash for city schools.
Philadelphia public schools opened today amid huge budget deficits and reduced staffing
The School Reform Commission and Superintendent William Hite are scheduled to make an announcement Friday about the future of the cash-strapped school district.
State house majority leader Mike Turzai met with Superintendent Willliam Hite for about an hour at school headquarters. Turzai pledged he’d work to pass the cigarette tax.
Governor Corbett on Monday failed to convince leaders in the House to meet this month and to vote on a two-dollar-a-pack tax on cigarettes.