- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 17, 2014

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A Pennsylvania state House vote on a bill that is designed to provide crucial revenue for cash-strapped Philadelphia public schools is being postponed a few more days.

House Republican leaders put off a vote Wednesday and said it’s now expected Monday.

The bill has been caught up in wrangling since June. Both the House and Senate have both approved legislation to authorize a $2-per-pack cigarette tax in the city in an effort to provide about $83 million a year to the state’s largest school district.

But House and Senate Republican leaders have fought over other elements that had been in the bill, including local hotel taxes and a small-city economic development program.

The bill now includes just the Philadelphia cigarette tax provision. The state already imposes a $1.60 cigarette excise tax.

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