ONCE AGAIN, Philadelphia's hopes for increased school funding from Harrisburg appear to be on hold.
A spokesman for House Majority Leader Mike Turzai, an Allegheny County Republican, said yesterday that there were no plans to vote on a bill passed by the Senate that includes the Philadelphia cigarette tax, which would generate much-needed revenue for the school district.
The omnibus bill was approved in the Senate early yesterday, 38-12.
The district is hoping for more money from state lawmakers. The School Reform Commission passed a $2.6 billion budget on Monday, which leaves a placeholder for $93 million from the state's coffers.