Philadelphia Cigarette Tax Hike Proposal May Be Dead

A spokesman for the House GOP says the proposal is not on the table.

A higher cigarette tax in Philadelphia, one of lawmakers’ plans to help fund the criminally underfunded Philadelphia public school system, may be dead.

Philadelphia politicians want the higher cigarette tax, but it can’t raise the cigarette tax without state approval. Pennsylvania House Republicans say they think this proposal is a no-go.

It’s … actually confusing. Pennsylvania House GOP spokesperson Steve Miskin says he believes Philadelphia Democrats actually won’t come to the table.

“Right now, I’m not even aware that they even came and said ‘we support a cigarette tax’,” he said. “So the fact that they’re all standing firm to be a ‘no’ on everything does not help Philadelphia schools’ cause.”

A Democratic House delegation spokesperson says the party wants the cigarette tax, but the GOP says it’s not on the table, because the Democratic House doesn’t want it or won’t negotiate or something. See? Very confusing. Either way, it doesn’t look like an increased cigarette tax is coming anytime soon. You’re two bucks-a-pack richer, smokers.

[KYW 1060]

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  • Good. I’m glad to hear it.

    The schools are in financial trouble because there is little oversight over the funding they do receive, not to mention the philly schools are a black hole of need full of kids who couldn’t care less about learning anyway.

    Besides why should we smokers pay?

    And so much? $2 a pack tax is excessive anyway.

    Even if the tax did pass this would in no way solve the funding problem for the school district. The more money they seem to get the more they seem to waste.

    Cigarette taxes are a regressive tax anyway meaning they hurt the poor people the most.

    Want to raise money for the schools? How about slapping a million dollar tax per year on our beloved football and baseball players.

    You know those who can afford to lose the money…

    I am so glad that for the second time the Anti-Smoking-Nazis plan to stick it to smokers has failed.

  • billmedicare

    Try pension reform and getting rid of the unions which over 2/3 of every tax payer $ for the city goes to for salary, pension and upkeep of all buildings for PSD and city . Here is another idea. Over 1/3 of the city population receives goverment or state assistance efor housing , food, utilities, medical, cash. That is they pay NOTHING into the system and are crying the loudest! End the benefits and see how fast they get a job for those able to work and watch how fast the city coffers fill up!