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Outlook Good For City Cigarette Tax As Lawmakers Return

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.

09/15/2014

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Philadelphia Public School Students Return To Class Amid Budget Crisis

Philadelphia public schools opened today amid huge budget deficits and reduced staffing

09/08/2014

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

SRC Scheduled To Make Announcement Friday About Future Of Cash-Strapped School District

The School Reform Commission and Superintendent William Hite are scheduled to make an announcement Friday about the future of the cash-strapped school district.

08/14/2014

Superintendent Dr. William Hite says a cash advance from the state doesn't solve the district's $81 million deficit. (credit: Mike DeNardo/KYW)

Phila. School District Superintendent Says Without New Money, Layoffs Could Happen This Week

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.

08/12/2014

Mayor Nutter speaks with reporters outside his office at Philadelphia City Hall.  (Credit: Mike Dunn)

Nutter Furious Over Lack Of School Funding

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.

08/06/2014

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Opponent To Failed Cigarette Tax: ‘Smokers Are Just Going To Go Right Outside The City Borders’

Dom Giordano spoke with Nathan Benefield from the Commonwealth Foundation about the organization’s opposition to a cigarette tax in Philadelphia to help fund city schools.

08/04/2014

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Corbett Heads Harrisburg Talks Over Cigarette Tax School Funding

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.

08/04/2014

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

Growing Outrage Over Stalled Cigarette Tax Meant To Help Philadelphia Schools

Republican leadership say they canceled the session because the bill became too complicated, weighed down with non-school related amendments.

08/01/2014

Stigall Show Log 8.1.14

Chris discusses the aftermath of baseball’s trading deadline, which saw the Phillies make no moves, Senator Mark Udall of Colorado calling for the resignation of CIA Director John Brennan and State Senator Daylin Leach’s trip to Colorado to assess their legalization of marijuana. He talks to Steve Cordasco on Finance Friday at 7:00 and CBS 3’s Beasley Reece at 8:00.

Talk Radio 1210 WPHT–08/01/2014

Superintendent Dr. William Hite says a cash advance from the state doesn't solve the district's $81 million deficit. (credit: Mike DeNardo/KYW)

City Officials Say Without Passage Of Cigarette Tax, Philadelphia Schools May Not Open On Time

Superintendent Dr. William Hite has said 1,300 layoff notices would go out August 15 without money from the cigarette tax. He says a cash advance from the state doesn’t solve the district’s $81 million deficit.

07/31/2014

(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

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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. (File Photo by Tony Romeo)

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

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

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

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