Philly mayor seeks school funding in Harrisburg

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter paid a surprise visit to Pennsylvania’s House Appropriations Committee.

Nutter met with committee Chairman William Adolph on Tuesday to discuss the city schools’ financial woes and then stayed to observe the panel’s meeting.

The mayor wants the state to put up an additional $120 million next year to help close a budget gap of more than $300 million. The city is also lobbying for bills to allow the city to increase a liquor-by-the-drink tax and levy a local cigarette tax.

Last week, the school district issued layoff notices to thousands of employees.

Leaders of the Republican majority that controls the Legislature say they haven’t closed the door on additional aid, but they’re stressing that the state’s finances are tight and other school districts also are struggling.

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Information from: Philadelphia Daily News, http://www.philly.com

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