Gov. Corbett signs Harrisburg takeover bill

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - October 20, 2011

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.

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