Gov. Corbett signs Harrisburg takeover bill

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)

October 20, 2011 8:16:22 AM PDT
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.