Shown is the Pennsylvania state capitol building in Harrisburg, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
June 24, 2014 | explainer: act 47

How does Pennsylvania’s distressed communities law (Act 47) work?

One in a series explaining key terms and concepts of Pennsylvania government. Today's topic: Pennsylvania's distressed communities law (Act 47)

June 24, 2014 | EXPLAINER: ACT 47

What goes into an Act 47 recovery plan?

Seeking a better understanding of Pennsylvania's issues and proposed solutions? Sometimes, complicated jargon and concepts can get in the way. That's why we started Explainers, a series that tries to lay out key facts, clarify concepts and demystify jargon. Today's topic: Pennsylvania's distressed communities law (Act 47).

June 24, 2014 | EXPLAINER: ACT 47

What is this step called receivership under Act 47?

Seeking a better understanding of Pennsylvania's issues and proposed solutions? Sometimes, complicated jargon and concepts can get in the way. That's why we started Explainers, a series that tries to lay out key facts, clarify concepts and demystify jargon. Today's topic: Pennsylvania's distressed communities law (Act 47).

June 24, 2014 | EXPLAINER: ACT 47

What’s the difference between an Act 47 coordinator and a receiver?

Seeking a better understanding of Pennsylvania's issues and proposed solutions? Sometimes, complicated jargon and concepts can get in the way. That's why we started Explainers, a series that tries to lay out key facts, clarify concepts and demystify jargon. Today's topic: Pennsylvania's distressed communities law (Act 47).

Pedestrians and cyclists use the river walk along the Allegheny River in downtown Pittsburgh.  Under changes to the Act 47 law, Pittsburgh is exempt from the enhanced revenue raising provisions.  (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
October 21, 2014 | LAW & POLICY

New Act 47 provisions could mean more accountability for distressed cities – and less local control

 The changes are meant to help the Commonwealth's cash-strapped cities get on their feet faster.

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