After an emotionally charged debate, Pennsylvania state senators passed legislation to legalize several forms of medical marijuana.
The $2 surtax will only be collected in Philadelphia, and the funds will go to the city’s struggling school district.
The head of the Philadelphia chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police, John McNesby, says he’s likely to run for the state senate. And a new court ruling could boost the size of his campaign warchest.
The mayor says the interim cuts imposed now to allow schools to open on time will, in his view, affect learning.
Neilson said he waited three months to be sworn in, in order to remain in the state House should his vote be needed on school funding.
Schools superintendent William Hite, standing next to the governor for the announcement, stressed that this early disbursement does not resolve the $81-million funding gap the school district needs to close to avoid layoffs and other serious cuts.
They met for about two hours, but in the end there was no agreement to bring the House back into session to vote on the $2-per-pack cigarette tax to fund Philadelphia public schools.
The point, organizers say, is that if dozens of people can take time from their lives to go to Harrisburg, lawmakers can come back into session and take action on the $2-a-pack cigarette tax.
The bill passed by the state senate would make it felony to accept cash gifts over $250. Under $250, it would be a misdemeanor.
The failure of Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett’s agenda in the final weeks of the legislature’s spring session is another setback for a governor heading toward an election year with abysmal poll numbers.
If kids don’t feel safe, they’re not going to learn. But now the victims of assaults in Philadelphia schools have someone going to bat for them.
Mayor Nutter says he’ll work with new leadership in the Pennsylvania House to preserve the flow of cash now that State Rep. Dwight Evans of Oak Lane has lost his leadership post in the vital House Appropriations Committee.
After a preliminary hearing today, a district judge has ruled that there is enough evidence to try a former Pennsylvania state lawmaker, who is also a former Rendell cabinet secretary, on corruption charges.
by KYW’s Tony Romeo Governor Rendell says a dispute that is preventing him from signing the newly passed state budget is “serious,” but he also says he’s hopeful that the dispute will be resolved. And […]
by KYW’s Tony Romeo Governor Rendell says he won’t likely sign Pennsylvania’s new budget until Tuesday — if at all.