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Broke Shamokin - 02 May 2014 - Sort by:
Broke Shamokin - 02 May 2014
Shamokin, Pennsylvania, tucked away in the coal country about 120 miles northwest of Philadelphia, has $800,000 of unpaid bills and can't get a loan from a bank. It's so broke, the gas service to city hall was temporarily cut off last month.

So the council for the city of 7,000 residents has agreed to seek entry to a state financial oversight program dating from 1987 that facilitates access to credit and permits the levying of certain taxes. Now, though, some lawmakers say the program is more like a trap than a benefit: municipalities get into it, and few get out.
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A tuxedo and wedding store that went out of business... more
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SHAMOKIN, UNITED STATES
A tuxedo and wedding store that went out of business 10 years ago but still retains all of its merchandise is seen in Shamokin May 1, 2014. Shamokin, Pennsylvania, tucked away in the coal country about 120 miles northwest of Philadelphia, has $800,000 of unpaid bills and can't get a loan from a bank. It is so broke, the gas service to city hall was temporarily cut off last month. So the council for the city of 7,000 residents has agreed to seek entry to a state financial oversight program dating from 1987 that facilitates access to credit and permits the levying of certain taxes. Picture taken May 1, 2014. To match Story USA-PENNSYLVANIA/MUNICIPALS REUTERS/Mark Makela (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS POLITICS SOCIETY)
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Shamokin's residents (L to R) Jessica Kruleski, 33,... more
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A woman sits on the street in a wheelchair eating a... more
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Local resident Jeff Seedor, 55, landscapes his front... more
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A telephone installation crew walk through the Bunker... more
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Eric Feese, 31, and his four-year-old daughter, Gianna... more
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Bruce Zigarski (C), 60, a retired heavy equipment operator,... more
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Judy Wariki, 67, a salesperson for Keysters Security... more
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A man walks down Market Street with darkening clouds... more
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Faded high school prom photos remain in the storefront... more
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A man drinks a beer on a front porch in Shamokin May... more
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Mayor Bill Milibrand, 54, who has been in office for... more
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A woman walks down Market Street in Shamokin May 1,... more
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Wayne Derk, 73, the owner of Wayne's World odds and... more
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A tanning salon sits vacant, out of business and for... more
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Market Street and darkening clouds are reflected in... more
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A public bench in disrepair is seen in Shamokin May... more
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A view of Market Street in Shamokin as seen from a... more
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