SCRANTON - Officials in Pennsylvania's sixth-largest city say they don't have the money to meet payroll after a judge nixed Scranton Mayor Chris Doherty's plan to slash city workers' pay to minimum wage.
The Times-Tribune of Scranton reported Thursday that Lackawanna County Judge Michael Barrasse granted an injunction sought by employee unions. Another hearing is set for Friday.
Solicitor Paul Kelly Jr. says Scranton has just $5,000 left over after setting aside enough money to meet payroll for almost 400 workers at the minimum wage rate of $7.25 per hour.
Doherty says the plan is the only way for Scranton to survive its cash-flow crisis.
City business administrator Ryan McGowan says officials are trying to determine how they can avoid being overdrawn. He says the city's $71 million spending plan includes a $17 million deficit.