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What to look for on Radio Smart Talk, Wednesday, September 4, 2013:
For the last few years, it almost seemed like an impossible task -- finding a solution to the city of Harrisburg's monumental financial problems. The city's debts that reach into the hundreds of millions of dollars and structural budget shortfalls aren't eliminated yet, but a financial recovery plan submitted to Commonwealth Court last week by state-appointed receiver Gen. William Lynch may be the answer.
At least that's been the reaction to the complicated plan from most observers.
The proposal calls for leasing Harrisburg's parking garages, lots, and metered spaces and selling the city's troubled trash-burning incinerator to the Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority. Those are just the highlights of the multi-layered plan that has many moving parts that will have to fall into place.
Included is continuation of an earned income tax increase from one to two percent that was supposed to be in effect for just one year, and contract concessions by paid firefighters.
Appearing on the Wednesday's Radio Smart Talk is receiver Gen. William Lynch and attorney Steven Goldfield, the financial adviser to the receiver and one of the plan's chief architects.
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Gen. William Lynch and Steven Goldfield
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