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Cigarette Tax

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

After A Summer Of Uncertainty, Philadelphia School Leaders Exhale Over Passage Of Cigarette Tax

Relief. That’s the reaction from Philadelphia school officials at word the Senate has passed the long-awaited cigarette tax.

09/23/2014

School District of Philadelphia. (credit: Steve Patterson)

Senate OKs Philadelphia Schools Cigarette Tax Measure

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.

09/23/2014

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

House Signs Off On Philadelphia Cigarette Tax Measure

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.

09/22/2014

(Philadelphia School District headquarters.  File photo by Mike DeNardo)

State House Set To Vote On Cigarette Tax To Fund Philly 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.

09/22/2014

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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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