SCRANTON RUNS OUT OF MONEY, Cuts All City Salaries To Minimum Wage
Mike “Mish” Shedlock
Jul. 10, 2012
Scranton, Pennsylvania’s, the state’s sixth-most-populous city (population of 76,089 in 2010 census), is down to its last $5,000 and has no way to pay salaries.
The mayor wants an immediate tax hike of 29% and 78% over three years. In every sense of the word, Scranton is bankrupt.
NPR reports Scranton’s Public Workers Now Paid Minimum Wage.
The city of Scranton, Pa., sent out paychecks to its employees Friday, like it does every two weeks. But this time the checks were much smaller than usual. Mayor Chris Doherty has reduced everyone’s pay — including his own — to the state’s minimum wage: $7.25 an hour.
Doherty says his city has run out of money.