Gov. Corbett signs Harrisburg takeover bill

Thursday, October 20, 2011

In this March 31, 2010 file photo, the city of Harrisburg, Pa., is seen along the banks of the Susquehanna River. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File) (AP Photo)

Having freshly signed a bill aimed at giving him unprecedented power to take control of the finances in Pennsylvania's capital, Gov. Tom Corbett expects to declare a fiscal emergency in Harrisburg soon.

A spokeswoman said Thursday that Corbett's office is working on the paperwork for Harrisburg and the governor expects to sign it as early as next week.

A bill Corbett signed earlier Thursday opens the door to what observers say is the most aggressive intervention yet by the state government into the affairs of a Pennsylvania city.

Corbett must first declare a city to be in a state of fiscal emergency. After that, he can order a troubled city to obey financial plans drawn up by his appointees. Last week, the city filed for federal bankruptcy protection.

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