Friday, June 19, 2009

Daily Briefing, 6/19/2009

Good morning everyone, and a happy Friday to you! Here is today's Daily Briefing.

We've all been complaining about the deluge of rain that we've had lately, but for some of us its more than just an annoyance - local farmers are worried that the rain will ruin their crops. Meanwhile, in Bethlehem, county officials have yet to get an accurate assessment on the Sands casino, meaning there will be a delay in determining how much the property should be taxed. Local libraries are trying to determine how they will continue to operate after an expected decrease in funding from the state - the only question is how much their funding will be lowered. And we have two stories today related to Northampton County politics - first, in the Executive's race, Republican J.C. Kelleher dropped out of the race, citing family matters - and local Republicans have said they won't go looking for another candidate. Meanwhile, County Council is now looking to fill the vacancy caused by Diane Neiper's resignation.

In state-wide news, the Legislature is apparently now considering legalizing table games at Pennsylvania casinos. That being said, the revenue generated won't be all that much, and not nearly enough to close the budget gap. A new poll has come out in the Pennsylvania Senate race that shows former Congressman Pat Toomey losing to both Arlen Specter (50-39%) and Joe Sestak (41-35%).

We have one Chamber event today, and its a big one - the Excellence in Business awards. Congrats to the winners, Jack's Glass and Vistacom.

And that's it! Have a great day.

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