Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Daily Briefing, 6/3/2009

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

The Bethlehem Sands netted nearly $6 million in its first full week of operations, ranking ahead of Pennsylvania casinos not located in Pittsburgh or Philadelphia. Bethlehem also got more good news in the form of formal letters of commitment for $18.7 million in state redevelopment funding for a variety of projects. In Allentown, City Council is considering extending Keystone Opportunity Zones for a variety of downtown projects in an attempt to continue redevelopment efforts there. In an interesting story, the Express Times notes that local libraries are seeing increased use as the economy continues its recession - and at the same time, libraries are seeing significant funding cuts.

In state-wide news, albiet a different state, New Jersey held its primary yesterday. Governor Jim Corzine (D) will face off against former prosecutor Chris Christine (R). Christie has been leading in most recent polls. Back in PA, a new poll from the Susquehanna Polling and Research Center finds that Senator Specter holds a nine point lead on Pat Toomey - but it also finds that Democrats, by a 63-28 margin, want to see the Senator face a competitive primary.

We have one Chamber event today: the grand opening of a Geico office in Whitehall.

That's i for now! Have a great day.

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