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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VIDEO: Mayor Nutter: "My mission is to get a cigarette tax implemented"

VIDEO: Mayor Nutter: "My mission is to get a cigarette tax implemented"

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter gives his remarks after a Senate Rules Committee where HB 1177 was voted out with amendment. 

Tuesday, July 8, 2014/Author: Alanna Koll
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VIDEO: Sen. Hughes urges members to pass Phila. cigarette tax authorization

VIDEO: Sen. Hughes urges members to pass Phila. cigarette tax authorization

Before HB 1177, a bill containing language for a Philadelphia cigarette tax to help fund city schools was voted out of the Senate Rules Committee as amended, Sen. Hughes urged members to vote down the amendment that would include a sunset provision of the tax after five years. 

Tuesday, July 8, 2014/Author: Alanna Koll
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VIDEO: Sen. Pileggi gives update on Fiscal Code

VIDEO: Sen. Pileggi gives update on Fiscal Code

Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi gives an update to the Fiscal Code bill and HB 1177 after a Republican Caucus meeting. 

Tuesday, July 8, 2014/Author: Alanna Koll
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Government reform advocates flunk legislative reform efforts since 2005 pay raise

Government reform advocates flunk legislative reform efforts since 2005 pay raise

Meeting on the ninth anniversary of the 2005 legislative pay-raise, government reform advocates gave the General Assembly a failing grade for reform efforts.

“Today, overall, the legislature has gotten an F-minus on the report card today,” said Gene Stilp. “[This is a] total failure on reform by the legislature.”

The legislative report card for mid-year 2014 focused on things like a total legislative gift ban, ending COLAs, ending legislative perks, campaign reform, requiring more documentation of expenses, and other similar areas.

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Monday, July 7, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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