With Philadelphia cigarette tax saga concluded, attention turns toward fair funding formula

With Philadelphia cigarette tax saga concluded, attention turns toward fair funding formula

Late Wednesday morning, Gov. Tom Corbett put his signature on legislation authorizing a $2 per pack cigarette tax for the city of Philadelphia, which will be used to fund city schools.

The action concludes a legislative saga that has been at the forefront of political debate since late in the June budget cycle.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views

Philly cigarette tax authorization, medical marijuana bills poised for final Senate vote

Bills authorizing an increased Philadelphia cigarette tax and the legalization of certain forms of medical marijuana were reported from Senate committees Tuesday, putting the bills in a position to be finally voted upon by the Senate.

The bill authorizing the cigarette tax was eventually passed by the Senate, the medical marijuana legislation is expected to be considered on the Senate floor Wednesday.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views

Final fate of Philly cigarette tax, medical marijuana bills still unclear

The week of September 15 saw movement and rumbling concerning the final fate of two ongoing legislative sagas that will likely see action in the last scheduled session week of September: a bill authorizing a $2-per-pack cigarette tax and legislation authorizing certain forms of medical marijuana.

The action to be taken on these bills is still uncertain as legislative review of the proposals is ongoing.

Friday, September 19, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views

Quick approval of Philadelphia cigarette tax authorization bill far from certain

The House Rules Committee Tuesday voted to send House Bill 1177, which would authorize a $2 per pack cigarette tax for Philadelphia to fund its schools, to the House floor.

The committee did so after removing provisions in the legislation added by the Senate that created additional CRIZ zones and made changes to the hotel tax.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
VIDEO: Mayor Nutter discusses update on Philly cigarette tax authorization

VIDEO: Mayor Nutter discusses update on Philly cigarette tax authorization

Following Tuesday's House Rules Committee meeting, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter gives an update on the pending cigarette tax authorization for the use of the Philadelphia school district. 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Video
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