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Harrisburg, Pa.

Year of filing: 2011

The capital city of Pennsylvania filed for protection in late 2011 after finding itself unable to cope with the costs of a revamp for a local incinerator. But a bankruptcy court later dismissed the petition, finding the city did not meet eligibility requirements for Chapter 9.

In May 2013, the city council voted again to file for bankruptcy.

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