Pa. lawmakers approve bill with higher taxes

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HARRISBURG  Pennsylvania lawmakers on Wednesday approved a $1.3 billion revenue package that hinges on a $1 per-pack cigarette tax increase to balance the state’s budget.

Pennsylvania will see $750 million in new state taxes, that include a tax on e-cigarettes and a 6 percent tax on digital download sales.

Funding from the budget will provide $4 million in emergency funding to the Erie School District. 

This budget provides an additional $200 million in basic education funding, as well as a $30 million increase for early childhood education, preserving the number of slots for proven early childhood education programs like Pre-K Counts and Head Start, a $20 million increase for special education, a more than $10 million increase for early intervention, and a nearly $40 million increase for higher education.

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