The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania has granted a motion by Harrisburg, Pa.’s receiver William Lynch to force the City Council to double its earned-income tax as part of the financial recovery plan in the state capital.

Justice Bonnie Brigance Leadbetter ruled late Monday that the increase to 2% from 1% was legal. “The overall scheme of Act 47 implicitly authorizes the requested increase in the EIT,” she ruled, referring to the state’s recovery program for distressed communities.

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