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
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Capitol Quick Hits for 8.4.14

Capitol Quick Hits for 8.4.14

Here are the highlights from news conferences, rallies, and advocacy days held in the Capitol today: 

Rep. Greg Vitali (D-Delaware) today announced the introduction of a resolution calling on the governor and Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) to prevent drilling operations in the Clarence Moore Lands and preserve the character of the Loyalsock State Forest. He said the commonwealth owns the surface rights of tract, but Anadarko and Southwest own the mineral rights. HR 500 has an “impressive array of cosponsors,” said Rep. Vitali. 


Monday, August 4, 2014/Author: Alanna Koll
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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
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Philly cig tax pushed back to September as House cancels August session dates

A memo was circulated early Thursday afternoon advising that the House’s scheduled session days for next week have been canceled.

The cancellation comes as legislators and the Corbett Administration continue to grapple with twin issues of pension reform and a local cigarette tax hike for the City of Philadelphia to help fund the city’s schools.

Thursday, July 31, 2014/Author: Mike Howells
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Grell “Cash Balance” plan gains PERC approval

Grell “Cash Balance” plan gains PERC approval

Another effort to solve the state’s pension crisis cleared a significant hurdle today, as the actuarial note to an amendment by Rep. Glen Grell (R-Cumberland) to HB 1353 was approved by the Public Employee Retirement Commission (PERC).
Wednesday, July 30, 2014/Author: Mike Howells
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