Thursday, April 23, 2009

Daily Briefing, 4/23/2009

Good morning everyone! Here is what we have for you today.

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives rejected a bill that would have banned using cell phones will driving. The bill failed 95-100. Incidentally, Bethlehem is considering passing that very same measure. Some good news for Bethlehem, as federal stimulus money will allow the cash-strapped school district to maintain many of its programs and reduce the size of its tax increase. In business news, TH Properties, a major home builder in the Valley, has suddenly ceased operations, prompting complaints from many customers and an investigation from the state. In state news, Governor Rendell's proposed budget is cutting tourism allocation by 40%, prompting tourism officials to visit the Capitol and lobby against the cuts.

In national news, Democrats in the House and the Senate are considering using a procedural slight-of-hand to fast-track health care legislation that may not pass otherwise. In economic news, President Obama is set to meet with credit card company executives. He is expected to lobby for consumer protections on credit cards.

We have a busy day at The Chamber today, with three events: a Phillipsburg, Easton and Small Business Council joint breakfast, a luncheon with all four Lehigh Valley Senators and a Grand Opening at the Lehigh Valley Industrial Park VII.

That's it! Have a great day and we will see you later.

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