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Corbett calls for pension reform before he'll OK Philly cigarette tax

By Mary Wilson for NewsWorks on Jun 30, 2014 12:20 PM

Pennsylvania's Gov. Corbett says Democratic state lawmakers should pony up votes to pass a public pension overhaul bill if they want Philadelphia to be allowed to increase a tax on cigarettes for schools funding.

The Republican-controlled House and Senate have been unable to pass the pension proposal, one of the governor's top priorities.

"This is one where the Philadelphia delegation has the ability to help the School District of Philadelphia far more than any one delegation can," Corbett said during an impromptu press conference he held in his office Sunday.

"There aren't quite enough votes on the Republican side," Corbett said, referring to the pension benefits overhaul bill. He urged the Democratic Philadelphia delegation "to deal and give" their votes to the proposal in return for the cigarette tax authorization. "It's in their hands," Corbett said.

"I'm giving them the option to help their school district," he added.

House and Senate Democratic leaders responded swiftly, saying the governor should be "ashamed" of linking the two issues.

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Comments (6)

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 30, 2014 2:35 pm
Corbett plays with children's lives to get what he wants. Who does that?
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 30, 2014 9:36 pm
Teachers who go on strike for one.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 30, 2014 9:14 pm
Really, which teachers are those? Certainly not PFT. PFT teachers just keep paying more and more out of pocket, and saving children's lives, and not striking even long after they should have.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on July 1, 2014 10:25 pm
What about Rendell? He was Gov. when state stopped paying into the pension fund. He was also the Gov. who green lighted the $400 million prison construction Corbett was blamed for. Rendell also bargained with school budgets, just with other people's districts instead of Philadelphia.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on July 2, 2014 8:26 am
Did the other districts have pencils, working water fountains, trash cans to hold the leaks during rain, rodent excrement a regular part of the children's day, or two children die? Corbette is very well aware of the PSD conditions and just doesn't care as much about the children as he does about his wealthy business friends. There is no excuse.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 30, 2014 9:11 pm
I think Corbett should be reported for child abuse along with many others in Harrisburg and the SRC. What they are doing is tantamount to abuse by preventing the most underserved children to go without, or live with a substandard education. I don't know how they sleep at night.

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