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
All agree that Pa. needs new school funding formula but debate intense over Philly cig tax increase

All agree that Pa. needs new school funding formula but debate intense over Philly cig tax increase

What is behind the calls for the Pennsylvania General Assembly to vote on a special tax to fund Philadelphia schools? 

While everyone agrees that Pennsylvania needs a new school funding formula, the fight here is about the wisdom of stop-gap measures such as the $2-per-pack cigarette tax proposed by Philadelphia.

Monday, August 4, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
House Republicans abdicated responsibility by delaying vote on Philly cig taxes, Dems say

House Republicans abdicated responsibility by delaying vote on Philly cig taxes, Dems say

House Democratic leaders say their membership is prepared to come back to vote on a measure authorizing a $2 per pack cigarette tax to fund Philadelphia schools.

“I know members, including the Democratic leader, ready to cancel vacations to come back here and do what was necessary to help Philadelphia students,” said Rep. Dan Frankel (D-Allegheny), a member of the House Democratic leadership team.

Monday, August 4, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
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