Pennsylvania House cancels vote on cigarette tax to help Philadelphia schools

Friday, August 1, 2014

As predicted by at least one state lawmaker, Republican leaders in the Pennsylvania House this afternoon suddenly canceled a vote scheduled for Monday on a proposed Philadelphia cigarette tax to benefit Philadelphia public schools.

The $2-per-pack tax, if passed by the state legislature, was expected to provide about $45 million in funding for the School District of Philadelphia.

Citing a lack of consensus on the measure, House leadership pulled the plug on Monday’s planned vote.

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