Judge rejects effort to impose commuter tax on those who work but don't live in Scranton


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SCRANTON, Pennsylvania — A judge has ruled that Scranton can't impose a commuter tax on people who work there but live elsewhere.

The struggling city in northeastern Pennsylvania had sought to collect a 0.75 percent earned income tax beginning Wednesday.

But Philadelphia Senior Judge John Braxton ruled Tuesday that Scranton cannot levy the tax exclusively on nonresidents with jobs in the city.

Scranton solicitor Jason Shrive says he's disappointed and will review the decision to determine whether to appeal.

The Times-Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1uCybis ) the revenue would have gone toward shoring up the city's severely distressed pension system.

This was Scranton's second try at imposing such a tax. Two years ago, a panel of judges rejected an attempt to impose a 1 percent tax on more than 22,000 commuters.

Information from: The Times-Tribune, http://thetimes-tribune.com/

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