The $2-per-pack cigarette tax passed Monday in the state House of Representatives with a vote of 114-84.
The tax, which city officials have said could raise more between $45 and $80 million for city schools, still faces another major hurdle. It still needs to pass the state Senate on Wednesday. Gov. Corbett has said he would sign the bill if it passed both houses.
And the money would not go to waste — schools Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. said previously the money has already been spent.
The bill, which stalled in Harrisburg all summer, includes a stipulation for charter school applicants to file an appeal directly to the state when shot down by the School Reform Commission.
Susan Gobreski, of Education Voters of Pennsylvania, said "it's about damn time" the House passed the bill.
And in regards to the Senate's upcoming vote, Gobreski said: "I don't see how they can't (pass it). …I think people are expecting them to do the right thing."
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