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Doomsday Deadline In Four Days, Still No Consensus

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Eighth District State Senator Anthony Williams Eighth District State Senator Anthony Williams
PHILADELPHIA -

Four days before the doomsday deadline, state lawmakers proposed an idea for getting the 50 million dollars that the schools need to open. However, that may not get off the ground as fast as the city needs it. State lawmakers are requesting money that the school district is already owed. But the Governor today said not so fast.

The desperation is growing: 27 days until the first day of school and no money to fill the hallways in sight.

Today, state lawmakers urged Governor Tom Corbett to hand over 45 million dollars in grant money for the Philadelphia School District that he already signed off in June.

"We reached this moment because we have not fulfilled the obligation we addressed when we closed the budgetary cycle this year," says Eighth District State Senator Anthony Williams.

But the governor said he won't give the funds until certain reforms are made.

"That hasn't been accomplished yet, so the law is clear: until that takes place, there can be no release," remarked Governor Tom Corbett.

The district needs 50 million dollars by Friday for schools to open on September 9th. City leaders are still at odds over where that money should come from. There are four days until the doomsday deadline.

"Friday is Friday. And today is Tuesday. We still have a lot of work to do," says Mayor Michael Nutter.

Mayor Michael Nutter wants city council to pass a one percent sales tax extension. But council president Darrell Clarke says he's still pushing his real estate plan.

"I've shopped it around. Everyone likes the plan," says Darrell Clarke.

However, state senator Anthony Williams is banking on the 45 million from the governor.

"I'm pretty confident if 45 Million came by Friday that schools would open," says Williams.

During the meeting, councilman Darrell Clarke alluded to another press conference this week. He says there will be some sort of response by Friday.

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