City Council President Heads to Harrisburg to Lobby for School Funding

State lawmakers have to approve a proposed increase in the city's cigarette taxes that would fund schools. Darrell Clarke is attempting to convince them to.

City Council President Darrell Clarke will lobby state lawmakers for increased funding for Philadelphia schools today, KYW 1060’s Mike Dunn reports.

Clarke, who also wants to split the city’s higher sales tax between schools and the pension fund, will talk to lawmakers behind closed doors asking for state approval for a higher tax on cigarettes in the city.

“There could be some potential impact on the city budget if this whole school district issue doesn’t get resolved,” Clarke tells KYW. “Just don’t know how that’s going to play out.”

Council adjourns on the 19th.

[KYW 1060]