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October 13th, 2011
12:40 PM ET

Harrisburg city councilman explains why Pennsylvania capital filed for bankruptcy

Pennsylvania's capital, Harrisburg filed for bankruptcy on Wednesday. This was a move that was at odds with the city's mayor, who argued that the filing was illegal, and the state, which had pushed hard to avoid the action. The filing came a day after the City Council voted 4 to 3 to approve it, said Brad Koplinski, one of the members who voted in favor of the measure.

Koplinski introduced both resolutions Tuesday night to pave the way to file for bankruptcy. He said to the New York Times that "This really is our only option out there." Koplinski says if the mayor's rescue plan had been enacted – placing the city into financially distressed status under state law – it would have allowed bondholders and other creditors to be paid off with proceeds of the sale or long-term rental of city assets.

Harrisburg city councilman Koplinski talks to Ali Velshi about how this filing came to fruition.

Filed under: States in Crisis
July 13th, 2011
10:33 AM ET

State in Crisis: The status of the Minnesota government shut down

Minnesota is in its second week of a budget shutdown and thousands of state employees are at home without pay.

The services provided by the Minnesota government have ceased, with road projects on pause and parks closed until the state reaches a deal on a new budget.

Today on American Morning, Lori Sturdevant, columnist and editorial writer for The Minneapolis Star Tribune, joins Kiran Chetry to talk about the impact the shutdown has had on the state and to discuss what it is going to take to get the budget passed.

Filed under: Broken Government • Budget • States in Crisis
June 21st, 2011
11:18 AM ET

Mayors pass resolution against wars in Iraq, Afghanistan

This week, we're taking an in-depth look at States in Crisis. Across the country, one thing they seem to have in common is a sea of red ink.

To that end, the U.S. Conference of Mayors is now on record, calling for an early end to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. They say the money spent on the wars should be put to use at home.

This morning on American Morning, Kiran Chetry speaks with Madison, Wisconsin Mayor Paul Soglin and Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett about their support for the U.S. Conference of Mayors resolution to end the wars.

Filed under: Afghanistan • Iraq • States in Crisis
February 21st, 2011
02:57 PM ET

The politics of balancing a budget

Teachers are expected back in class today and tomorrow in Wisconsin, ending for now their participation in massive protests against what they see as an attempt by Governor Scott Walker to kill their unions.

Democrats in the State Senate are still hiding out - out of town - trying to postpone a vote on the bill. It's more in our continuing series "States in Crisis."

On American Morning this morning, Kiran Chetry talked to CNN senior political analyst Ed Rollins and Democratic strategist Maria Cardona about what the protests in Wisconsin could mean for the rest of the country.

Filed under: Budget • Education • Education cuts • States in Crisis