Philadelphia school funding tangled up in Pa. budget battle

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

The down-to-the-wire battle over the 2014-15 state budget was overshadowed Sunday by a firefight that erupted over funding for the Philadelphia school district.

Without enough GOP votes for a pension-overhaul plan, Gov. Corbett and House Republican leaders gave Philadelphia Democrats a Hobson's choice: Vote for the GOP pension plan in return for Republican support for an increase to the cigarette tax in the city.

Philadelphia wants legislative approval of the tax to help plug a hole in the school budget.

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