Don’t think the city cigarette tax is passing without another delay. A vote on the Philadelphia $2-a-pack cigarette tax, which moved closer to approval earlier this week, has now been put off by House Republican leaders until Monday, September 22nd.
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.
In an open letter to the University posted on Philly.com, five Penn professors urge the school to stop investing in companies that sell tobacco products.
The professors — Peter Conn, Chris Feudtner, Paul N. Lanken, Diana Robertson and Michael Weisberg — go through the obvious arguments about tobacco and cigarette smoking’s health effects and also note that most school’s of Penn’s size and reputation have divested their endowments from holdings in tobacco companies. Harvard did it in 1990!
Fifty years ago today, the first Wawa opened at the corner of MacDade Blvd. and Swarthmore Ave. in Folsom, Pennsylvania. Today, you can get free coffee at any of Wawa’s locations. (Here’s a Wawa store locator.) To celebrate the company’s 50th anniversary, here are 50 things about the Philadelphia area’s favorite convenience store.