These Five Philly-Area Lawmakers Voted Against the Cigarette Tax

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Anthony Williams was the only Democrat to vote to delay the cigarette tax, and that’ll cost him in the Democratic primary for Philly Mayor next year. But forget about that for now.

These Republican lawmakers all benefit from a strong Philadelphia economy, and their constituents won’t pay the cost of our local cigarette tax, but they voted to mess with our school funding anyway.

These are all districts within reasonable distance for GOTV, and Philadelphians who can afford it should really donate to their challengers. This stuff is going to keep happening next year if we don’t flip the state Senate this year.

Senate (see the roll call)

Bob Mensch, challenged by Jack Hansen.

Chuck McIlhinney, challenged by Steve Cickay.

House (see the roll call)

Justin Simmons, challenged by Mike Beyer.

Dan Truitt, challenged by Sandra Snyder.

Duane Milne, challenged by Anne Crowley.

 

This entry was posted in Education, Elections, Issues, State House, State Senate.

10 Responses to These Five Philly-Area Lawmakers Voted Against the Cigarette Tax

  1. Sean Kitchen says:

    The amendment that Pileggi threw in there is a gift to Governor Corbett. It now gives Corbett what he wants, a pension reform for PSD funding showdown.

  2. Jack Malloy says:

    Good for them. what an outrageous assault on the 2nd most victimized class members in our society. and, I am not a smoker. the 1st being homeowners and the 3 consecutive years of prop tax increases even before the horror of AVI. if you wanna fund education, here is the simplest & most effective tool = put into effect the enacted law allowing for purchases of tax lien certs to collect the one half billion dollars of unpaid municipal taxes in Philly County.

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  5. Consistency says:

    “These Republican lawmakers all benefit from a strong Philadelphia economy, and their constituents won’t pay the cost of our local cigarette tax.”

    We’re either one regional economy or we’re not. It’s amazing that you don’t see the double talk within even a single sentence.

    • Jon Geeting says:

      Huh? We’re a regional economy, but the tax is only going to apply to Philadelphians. It’s not hitting the region unless people buy cigs here.

      • Consistency says:

        You’re one of those believers in static tax analysis, huh? Driving up the price artificially in the city drives up the cost in the suburbs because there’s less price competition in the area.

        • Jon Geeting says:

          It’s an interesting point. You might see some creep upward. Generally though I would think retailers in the burbs would want to highlight their lower prices.

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