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Governor Corbett Issues Statement on Philadelphia School District Funding Issues and Cigarette Tax

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Aug. 1, 2014

Harrisburg – Governor Tom Corbett issued the following statement today on the Philadelphia School District funding issue and cigarette tax legislation:

“I have spoken with both Superintendent Hite and Bill Green, Chairman of the SRC regarding the immediate financial needs of the Philadelphia School District.  We share the common goal that school must open for students on the first day.  We are working together to ensure that occurs.

“For more than a year I have been a champion for legislation that produces ongoing revenue to help address the financial difficulties of the District.  My commitment to working with the legislature to make that a reality has not wavered. 

“I have directed the Department of Revenue to take the necessary procedural steps to ensure that once the legislation is passed, revenue can begin to be collected immediately.”

Media contact:  Jay Pagni, Governor’s Office, 717-783-1116          



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