The Cigarette Tax Is (Finally) Passed

Senate approves, 39-11. Bill goes to Gov. Corbett, who says he'll sign it.

About time:

Assuming Gov. Corbett does sign the bill, as promised, that brings an end to the latest fiscal crisis afflicting Philly schools: The $2-a-pack cigarette tax is expected to generate $49 million this year and upwards of $70 million a year in future years for the city’s schools.

Why this couldn’t have happened in, say, late June? Nobody knows. We can’t have progress without a crisis, apparently.