House Leader, Hite Discuss Cigarette Tax

But no resolution reached.

Pa. House Majority Leader Mike Turzai met with Philly Schools Superintendent William Hite Monday to discuss the city’s proposed cigarette tax to fund local schools. No resolution to the ongoing standoff was reached, however.

The Inquirer reports: “Hite characterized the meeting as ‘very helpful’ but said it did not affect the Philadelphia School District’s bottom line — it has an $81 million deficit, and badly needs the money that would come from a $2-per-pack cigarette tax that lawmakers were supposed to have voted on last week.”

Hite will decide Friday whether school starts on September 8th, as scheduled.