Good morning everyone! We hope you all enjoyed the Super Bowl last night. Here is your news today.
Governor Rendell will be making his budget address this Wednesday in Harrisburg. The Governor has to fill a $2.3 billion budget gap and is expected to make across the board cuts in funding. The Call runs a story on how local agencies are preparing for the expected funding cuts. On Route 78, you can expect high speed EZ-Pass by 2010, as the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission has approved a new contract that will bring the system to the area. And, despite the times, Pennsylvania lottery sales have increased, up by 10% between December 2007 and Deemeber 2008.
In national, Senator Judd Gregg (R-NH) appears to be the leading candidate for Secretary of Commerce. The issue, however, is that Gregg is a Republican in a state governed by a Democrat, meaning that Gregg's appointment could potentially result in a Democratic pick-up in the Senate. It is possible, however, that a deal is being brokered that would allow for the Governor to appoint a "care-taker" Republican that would not run for reelection. CNN also runs a story on six major companies that were founded during the Great Depression. And as the economic stimulus package works through the Senate, two senators - Susan Collins (R-ME) and Ben Nelson (D-KS) are working to remove the bill of "wasteful spending." The chances of the bill passing in the Senate are much slimmer than they were in the house.
That's all for now! Have a great day.