Scranton’s financial plight is far from solved, but the city is on the verge of closing a long-running dispute with its police and fire unions.

The City Council on Thursday night introduced tentative settlements reached June 1 that evolved from last October’s Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling that cities defined as distressed under state law cannot use their status to lower the costs of arbitration awards. The state legislature has since passed legislation amending the Distressed Communities Act, known commonly as Act 47.

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