| Central Penn Business Journal
A recovery with no teeth?
Act 47 plan or bankruptcy? Sell assets or keep them? Lease the parking garage or run it ourselves? The questions go on and on and continue to pile up for the city of Harrisburg as it continues to struggle to find a plan for solvency.
Debt Watch Harrisburg is the latest voice to rail against Sen. Jeff Piccola’s legislation to force insolvent municipalities to be taken over by state control.
The watchdog group charges SB 1151 “is an insult to the citizens and elected officials of Harrisburg who were voted into the positions they hold by the people to carry out the city’s affairs.” That’s what Central Penn Business Journal CPBJ reporter Jason Scott wrote today in the Business Journal Daily.
Rewind the tape about a year and we see that the Harrisburg City Council and or Mayor Linda Thompson haven’t been able to agree on what a solvency plan looks like for the city, how it should be implemented or whether to even accept outside guidance. All the while, the residents and businesses of the city (and county) continue to suffer and Harrisburg’s hole deepens.
In other words, remove the teeth (SB 1151) from having a plan completed and implemented, it’s more of the same: No plan, no direction.
Do you think this City Council and mayor have what it takes to get the city back on its feet?
Christopher Passante is the editor of the Central Penn Business Journal. Contact him at email@example.com.