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Growing Outrage Over Stalled Cigarette Tax Meant To Help Philadelphia Schools

By Matt Rivers

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — It was another setback for Philadelphia schools Thursday and another protest Friday outside Governor Tom Corbett’s office in Philadelphia. 281 more words


Philly Mag: Cigarette Tax Delayed to August 4

By Joel Mathis (Philadelphia Magazine) – The Pennsylvania House will reconvene Aug. 4 to consider approval of a bill that includes authorization for a cigarette tax to fund Philly schools, a spokesman for House Majority Leader Mike Turzai said late Wednesday morning. 48 more words

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If No Cigarette Tax By Aug. 15, Phila. School District Says Layoffs Will Begin

By Mike DeNardo

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia’s schools superintendent says if the state legislature doesn’t authorize a cigarette tax by the middle of next month, he’ll begin sending out pink slips. 177 more words


Cigarette Tax To Fund Philadelphia Schools Suffers Setback As Pa. State Senate Amends Bill Further

By Tony Romeo

HARRISBURG, Pa., (CBS) — The effort to get state approval for a cigarette tax to fund Philadelphia schools has suffered a setback in the state legislature as the state Senate late Tuesday afternoon amended the bill further. 370 more words


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Philadelphia School District’s Budget Deficit Filled!

It’s good news for the Philadelphia School District but not good news for smokers. Legislation has passed, which will impose a sales tax on cigarettes to help fill the public school’s budget deficit. 120 more words

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After Battle, Pa. House OKs Philadelphia Cigarette Tax

By Tony Romeo

HARRISBURG, Pa., (CBS) — In a major breakthrough for city and school district officials, the state House Wednesday night passed a bill that would authorize a cigarette tax to help close the Philadelphia school district’s deficit. 206 more words