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Governor is sending Harrisburg $4.3 million dollars

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Governor Ed Rendell and Harrisburg Mayor Linda Thompson have announced a way for the state to help with the city's cash flow problem.

At the State Capitol Sunday, Rendell announced he would send Harrisburg $4.3 million dollars to help the city pay some of its bills.

One million dollars of that money will go to fire protection.  Rendell said some of the money, $2.6 million dollars from the pension assistance fund, was already in Harrisburg's budget.

That money will be used to cover the cost of a $3.3 million dollar bond payment due on September 15th.

"This is not a bailout," Rendell said.  "This money is due the City of Harrisburg.  We're just front loading it and expediting it."

Rendell also gave Harrisburg $850,000 to hire financial firm Scott Balice Strategies.  Thompson said she expects Harrisburg to sign Balice to a contract Monday to start developing a financial plan.

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