Good morning everyone, and a happy Friday to you! Here is today's Daily Briefing.
In Northampton, former County Executive Jerry Seyfried was appointed yesterday to fill the vacancy left by Diane Neiper's resignation. In Lehigh County, County Executive Don Cunningham revealed the County's capital plan yesterday. The plan calls for bridge repairs and open space preservation, but no new buildings. And, in Allentown, an independent audit showed that the City finished last year with a deficit of $6 million, deeper than previously realized.
There was some big news about the state budget yesterday, as Democrats now appear to be ready to pass the Republican no-tax increase budget but cut another $1.7 billion to balance it further - something that would devastate programs throughout the state.
In national news, embattled Senator Roland Burris (D-IL), who was appointed under a cloud of controversy to the Barack Obama's former Senate seat, announced yesterday that he will not seek election to the seat. Meanwhile, the current health care bill is not acceptable to 40 members of the conservative blue dog coalition, who argue that the bill is lacking certain elements. But there was good news for auto giant GM, who appears to be close to emerging from bankruptcy.
That's all we have for now. Have a great weekend!