Harrisburg’s state-appointed receiver late Tuesday petitioned a Pennsylvania court to force the City Council in the distressed capital city to triple the earned income tax to 1.5% from 0.5%.

William Lynch asked Commonwealth Court Judge Bonnie Brigance Leadbetter for a writ of mandamus, or an order, to raise the taxes. The council has repeatedly opposed the move, which Lynch called essential to the city’s recovery plan.

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