The $2-per-pack tax, if passed by the state legislature, was expected to provide about $45 million in funding for the School District of Philadelphia.
Rep. Mike Vereb (R-Montgomery County) confirms that supporters of a $2-per-pack city cigarette tax to raise funds for Philadelphia schools are having trouble rounding up enough votes to pass it in the House.
“We will not be bullied into changing or lowering our standards by the Department of Justice or anyone else,” said Pennsylvania state police commissioner Frank Noonan.
A new commission empanelled by the Pennsylvania legislature to redraw the state’s formula to fund basic education has held its first meeting.
Pennsylvania Turnpike officials say the entire toll road system, including the sections that roll through urban areas, may get a speed limit boost to 70 mph next year.
Pennsylvania’s auditor general has released a report critical of the Department of Environmental Protection’s regulation of the natural gas drilling industry.
A new 70 miles per hour speed limit is now in effect a day ahead of schedule along most of a nearly 100 mile stretch of the Pennsylvania Turnpike’s main line.
The probe was later shut down by state attorney general Kathleen Kane, saying she she had no choice because the investigation was so flawed.
Corbett says one of his main concerns is the health risks that may be posed by the children.
A spokesman for the attorney general confirms there is an investigation.
Throughout the day on Wednesday, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission will gradually unveil signs posting a 70 mile an hour speed limit on most sections of the road between Morgantown in Berks County to the Blue Mountain Interchange in Cumberland County.
Gross gaming revenues were down just under 2-point-9 percent in the fiscal year just ended.
Steve Miskin, spokesman for House majority Republican leaders, says it’s a compromise that preserves history.
Governor Tom Corbett’s strategy of dealing with the legislature is being scrutinized after his decision to veto part of the new state budget riled leaders of his own party.
As part of a flurry of last-minute activity, state lawmakers have sent Governor Corbett a bill that would outlaw so-called “revenge porn” in Pennsylvania.