Pa. legislature shrugs off Philadelphia school crisis

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

You can say this for the Pennsylvania Legislature: At times, it makes the dysfunctional agglomeration of warring politicians known as the U.S. Congress look like a harmonious, sleek-running machine.

At one point, Monday was supposed to be a day of work for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

House leaders had planned to take up a bill that would let the city of Philadelphia proceed with a $2 a pack cigarette tax, which would prevent schools there from having to send another thousand or so employees packing and jam upwards of 40 kids into a class.

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