Political fighting in Harrisburg, Pa., scrapped Mayor Linda Thompson’s initiative to restructure debt of the region’s incinerator authority, meaning the city is no closer to resolving the problems that brought it to the verge of a general obligation default this month.

The mayor had hoped the City Council this week would approve using state money for a consultant she selected to help Harrisburg find ways to pay its share of debt service on $282 million of outstanding incinerator debt on which it has not been making payments.

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