Philadelphia cigarette tax authorization has questionable future in House

The Senate adjourned until September Tuesday, completing work on a necessary budget bill, but leaving the fate of needed Philadelphia cigarette tax authorization legislation still in doubt.

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Senate returns to session Tuesday to consider amended Fiscal Code, Phila. cigarette tax authorization

The Senate is scheduled to come back to session Tuesday to consider amended versions of the Fiscal Code and legislation authorizing a cigarette tax in Philadelphia.

The Fiscal Code is needed for budget implementation and the tax authorization is needed—says Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter—to ensure Philadelphia public schools can open on time and safely in September.

Both bills were amended in the House in the waning hours of the pre-July 4 budget dash. The changes need to be agreed to by the Senate before the bills can be finally passed.

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Monday, July 7, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Pension reform to be held until fall, while Philadelphia cigarette tax revived

Wednesday saw pension reform dominate debate and rhetoric in the hall of Pennsylvania’s Capitol as Gov. Tom Corbett reiterated his desire for a plan to reach his desk and legislative leaders worked to revive the reform plan sent back to committee Tuesday.

“It was disappointing to see members use a procedural maneuver to disguise the fact that they cannot stand up to the special interests that are out there at this time,” Gov. Corbett said of yesterday’s action. 

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Attempt to authorize Phila. cigarette tax nixed in late-night Rules Committee meeting

The House Rules Committee met Tuesday night to consider House Bill 278, which comprises the Fiscal Code legislation needed for the implementation of the FY 2014-2015 budget. Committee Democrats tried, but ultimately failed, in their attempt to attach an amendment to the bill that would authorize a cigarette tax in Philadelphia.

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Philadelphia cigarette tax, tied to pension reform, is likely dead

As an issue tied to pension reform, House Bill 1177—legislation authorizing a cigarette tax for Philadelphia—is likely dead for the summer as the administration-supported pension reform proposal in the House was sent back to committee Tuesday afternoon.

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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