State: No Bailout For Scranton

HARRISBURG, PA – Scranton Mayor Chris Doherty lobbied Corbett administration officials and leading lawmakers Monday to provide a new sales tax revenue stream to his fiscally troubled city.

Meanwhile, a top state official told city residents not to expect a state bailout for immediate budget problems.

Mr. Doherty said during a visit to the state Capitol that enacting a state law to give Scranton a share of a countywide 1 percent sales tax would be a way to recognize the city’s lead role in a state court case that resulted in it owing millions of dollars of back arbitration awards to city firefighters and police officers.

“We are the one that fought the battle for DCED in Act 47; here is a way to help us out,” Mr. Doherty said.

Read more: http://thetimes-tribune.com/news/state-no-bailout-for-scranton-1.1328492

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