By Tony Romeo
HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) — A Philadelphia state lawmaker is reviving his effort to have the city’s share of tax relief from casino revenues diverted to the School District instead.READ MORE: Phanatic's Hot Dog Launcher, Enormous Bryce Harper Banner Among Items Up For Grabs In Phillies Phantastic Auction
Democrat Mike O’Brien says his bill to have gaming revenues redirected to city schools for five years is essentially the same as the one he introduced in the last two-year session of the legislature, with one difference.
“It’s basically the same. The only thing that’s different is the School District of Philadelphia is approximately $300 million short.”READ MORE: Tambayan Connecting With Customers At Reading Terminal Market Through Authentic Filipino Cuisine
But despite the deficit, Stephen Miskin – spokesman for the majority leader of the GOP-controlled House — says unless the city increases its funding and the teachers’ union is willing to accept concessions, it is unlikely the House will be more interested in O’Brien’s bill this time around.
“The city of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers need to make education funding a priority.”
Miskin also notes that the House just voted to authorize a study of how Philadelphia’s share of casino revenues might be best used.MORE NEWS: Free Toll Friday Returns For 1 Hour At Atlantic City Expressway's Egg Harbor Toll Plaza Friday