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Taxpayers must pay the freight for over-budget train projects
Topic - Robert Philbin
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett on Monday declared a fiscal emergency in the state capital of Harrisburg, removing much of the authority over police, firefighting, trash collection and other services from city officials and placing it in the hands of his administration.
Harrisburg, a proud city of almost 50,000, now stands on the edge of bankruptcy and likely will turn over its troubled checkbook soon to state lawmakers, the last resort after years of poor investment and political infighting.
The money generated from that sale, coupled with long-term parking garage leases, he said, would likely cover much or all of the city's debt.
But Robert Philbin, a spokesman for Ms. Thompson, told The Washington Times on Friday that "the mayor has tried repeatedly" to work out a compromise, but has been rebuffed each time by "council members who continually reject plans presented to them" for political reasons.