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Outlook Good For City Cigarette Tax As Lawmakers Return

By Tony Romeo

HARRISBURG (CBS) — Pension reform and liquor privatization are longshots, but as lawmakers return to the state capitol today to begin the final weeks of their two-year session, one thing that may get done is a cigarette tax in Philadelphia to generate badly needed cash for city schools. 212 more words

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It's Back-to-School-Day as Students Face $81 Million Deficit, More

By Dustin Slaughter

As students head back to school today, they face swelling class sizes, a serious lack of education resources, and low morale.

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Organized Crime Benefits From Regulations

I think we can all agree on the fact that prohibition of alcohol was a huge help to organized crime (and the Kennedys) in the 1920s. 355 more words

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SRC Scheduled To Make Announcement Friday About Future Of Cash-Strapped School District

By Jan Carabeo

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Now less than a month away from the start of school in Philadelphia, the School Reform Commission and Superintendent William Hite are scheduled to make an announcement Friday about the future of the cash-strapped school district. 567 more words

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Phila. School District Superintendent Says Without New Money, Layoffs Could Happen This Week

By Mike DeNardo

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A key state lawmaker says he’s “committed” to getting the cigarette tax passed to fund Philadelphia schools. But the superintendent says that doesn’t guarantee that classes will begin on time. 144 more words

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Nutter Furious Over Lack Of School Funding

By Mike Dunn

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Mayor Nutter is fuming over the suggestion of state House leaders that the Governor could simply advance the school district money in order to open on time. 135 more words

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Opponent To Failed Cigarette Tax: 'Smokers Are Just Going To Go Right Outside The City Borders'

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Dom Giordano spoke with Nathan Benefield from the Commonwealth Foundation about the organization’s opposition to a cigarette tax in Philadelphia to help fund city schools. 355 more words

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