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Mayor Still Hoping For Harrisburg Action

Mayor Nutter says he is hoping the state Senate will approve budget relief legislation for the city before Friday, when he is set to send layoff notices to 3,000 city workers as part of the "Plan C" budget.

Mayor Still Hoping For Harrisburg Action

Mayor Nutter says he is hoping the state Senate will approve budget relief legislation for the city before Friday, when he is set to send layoff notices to 3,000 city workers as part of the "Plan C" budget.

"It has a devastating impact on folks who get that notice. It has an impact on folks who remain," Nutter said today. "Everything gets affected just by sending the notices out."

House Bill 1828 would allow the city to raise the sales tax temporarily and defer some payments into the pension fund. The legislation has gone back and forth between the state House of Representatives and state Sentate. It is now in the state Senate, where if the legislation is passed without revision, it would go to the governor for his signature.

Nutter expressed some frustration with how long the legislative process has taken in Harrisburg -- both on the city's requests and the state budget.

"We actually passed a budget, we passed a budget on time," Nutter said. "We didn't ask for any money, we asked for the authority to tax ourselves."

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