Thursday, June 25, 2009

Daily Briefing, 6/25/2009

Good morning! Here is today's Daily Briefing.

In Allentown, the Mayor is asking the Service Employees International Union (the union for municipal workers) to defer their pay raises or face potential layoffs, as the city tries to close a budget gap. In Williams township, the Board of Supervisors voted 2-1 to approve a controversial expansion of the Chrin garbage landfill. And we have two school board tax increase stories for you. In Northwestern Lehigh, the school district will raise taxes 4.2%, while in Parkland, taxes will increase 1.4%.

In state-wide news, the Morning Call has a story on a very weird situation - if the budget is not approved and stop-gap measures are not put into place, state prison guards will not be paid - but inmates will. Huh? In other news that at least makes sense, a bill to legalize table games has been introduced in Harrisburg. The bill has some local support, including Rep. Joe Brennan. Meanwhile, polling data shows that Senator Arlen Specter has his work cut out for him heading into the 2010 election - only 28% of those surveyed believe Specter definitely deserves reelection.

In national news, South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford, after being missing for a few days, admitted that he had been unfaithful to his wife with a woman from Argentina. On ABC yesterday, President Obama spoke of the need for national health care, and stressed that compromise should occur to make the legislation work. And, here's an interesting (and depressing) interactive map that shows an economic breakdown of every state's fiscal situation. At least 19 states still have to pass their budgets and have only days to do it.

We have two Chamber events today: a Speed Networking event and the Phillipsburg Easton Golf Classic.

And that's it! Have a great day.

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