Philly School Funding Plan Doesn't Include Cigarette Tax

With the help of state lawmakers, Gov. Corbett slapped together a $140 million plan to help fund the distressed school district, but the deal did not include Mayor Nutter's $2 per-pack-tax on cigarettes.
July 2, 2013

With the help of state lawmakers, Gov. Corbett slapped together a $140 million plan to help fund the distressed school district, but the deal did not include Mayor Nutter's $2 per-pack-tax on cigarettes.

Republican state lawmakers have so far opted against passing legislation that would have allowed the city to enact the tax, which Council and Nutter approved in June. The apparent death of the cigarette tax leaves a $45 million hole in what the city had planned to raise for the school district, which now will get $28 million in promised tax collections as the city's only additional contribution.

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