2011-09-22 / Local & State

Pa. Sends Aid So Troubled Capital Can Pay Bills

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – The state Treasury Department has wired $2.6 million to Harrisburg, giving Pennsylvania’s financially troubled capital enough cash to make payroll and a general obligation bond payment this week.

A Treasury official said Wednesday that the municipal pension aid entered the city’s bank account at about noon, and a city spokesman said Harrisburg will process the bond payment.

The pension aid usually doesn’t arrive until later in September, but Harrisburg sought it earlier because it didn’t have enough cash this week to make the $3.3 million bond payment and the $1 million payroll.

Mayor Linda Thompson has said Harrisburg needed the money by midday to avoid the black mark of a general obligation bond default.

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