Gov. Tom Corbett, Harrisburg receiver William Lynch seek dismissal of city leaders’ lawsuit aimed at derailing state takeover
HARRISBURG PATRIOT-NEWS: … [Controller Dan] Miller, [Treasurer John] Campbell and the Council members contend in their suit that the state takeover violates the equal protection tenets in the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and breaches the state constitution by singling out Harrisburg for unequal treatment. They want [District Judge John E. Jones III], who is also weighing their suit, to return the city’s finances to local control.
Besides forcing the earned income tax increase, the recovery plan calls for selling and leasing city assets, including the Harrisburg incinerator to which most of the city’s debt load of around $330 million is linked.
In urging Jones to dismiss the suit by city leaders, Corbett and Lynch argue that municipal officials cannot challenge the validity of state statutes such as Act 47 in federal court on 14th Amendment grounds… (more)
EDITOR: The governor and legislature won’t allow Harrisburg to file for bankruptcy. They are more interested in the wellbeing of bond holders (thus campaign contributors) than the citizenry.