The Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce recently commended the Pa. legislature for passing HB 1177.
The bill imposes a $2 tax on every pack of cigarettes sold within Philadelphia to help the Greater Philadelphia School District receive adequate funding.
The tax is estimated to bring in $45 million in revenue for the remainder of this year and $80 million in subsequent years. Gov. Tom Corbett signed the bill into law on Wednesday.
The Chamber played a significant role in raising awareness and advocating for the bill to pass and help Philadelphia schools.
According to Chamber President and CEO Rob Wonderling, the need for skilled and educated workers begins with the need for high-quality education.
"The Chamber is focused on ensuring that the region’s education and workforce development systems are effective, agile, accountable and continually produce a competitive, world-class workforce,” Wonderling said.
The chamber insists that education within the commonwealth needs to be modernized and address the changing landscape of society. Wonderling said quality education across Pa. is paramount to the success of the future generations of the workforce and the business community that thrives on such a workforce.