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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Philly Dems opposed to pension-for-school-money vote swap, despite Mayor’s overtures

Gov. Tom Corbett Sunday evening tied pension reform to an issue other than the budget: Philadelphia school money through the authorization of a cigarette tax for Philadelphia.

“It is clear to me—and I believe Republican leaders agree with this—if there is a positive pension reform vote, there would be a positive cigarette tax vote on behalf of the school district of Philadelphia,” Gov. Corbett said. “That would be a huge step in helping the School District of Philadelphia, but so would the pension reform plan.”

The governor called on members of the Philadelphia delegation to support pension reform legislation in exchange for the tax authorization that would be applied to Philadelphia schools.

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Sunday, June 29, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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