On August 6, Governor Corbett announced that he would make an advance payment of $265 million to the Philadelphia School District. The City of Philadelphia has been lobbying for a cigarette tax to provide new revenues for the Philadelphia School District. The Senate and House could not reach an agreement on legislation authorizing this tax before the state legislature recessed in July. The state legislature may consider this legislation when it returns in September.
Also on August 14, Governor Corbett announced funding from multiple state agencies for the redevelopment of a brownfield site at the Pittsburgh International Airport. The funding will help establish the new Pittsburgh International Airport World Trade Center, which includes sites for more than one million square feet of office space, 90,000 square feet for research and development, a 400-room hotel with convention space, and space for up to six corporate hangers.