Both the $myVar assignment in line 1 and the $higher assignment in line 2
are dead. The first because $myVar is never used and the second because
$higher is always overwritten for every possible time line.
This code seems to be duplicated across your project.
Duplicated code is one of the most pungent code smells. If you need to duplicate
the same code in three or more different places, we strongly encourage you to
look into extracting the code into a single class or operation.
You can also find more detailed suggestions in the “Code” section of your repository.