Good morning everyone! Here is today's Daily Briefing.
Unemployment in the Lehigh Valley has hit 9%, the highest rate in twenty-five years, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry. In Pennsylvania, the unemployment rate remains at 8.3%. Nationwide, the number is 9.5%. In the 24th Senate District, the likely nominees to run for Senator Rob Wonderling's seat appear to be set. For the Democrats, the nominee will likely be former Northampton County Executive Glenn Reibman. For the Republicans, it appears that State Representative Rob Mensch is the will run.
In budget news, Governor Rendell has said he is now possibly interested in enacting a stopgap budget that would allow for state workers to be paid.
In national news, the Senate Judiciary Committee is likely to vote on Judge Sonia Sotomoyer's appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court today. Confirmation is easily expected, with every Democrat and at least one Republican having declared their support for Sotomoyer. And, Vice President Biden and Attorney General Eric Holder are in Philadelphia today, set to announce funding for the COPS program that will supply money for police officers.
Business Matters aired yesterday, and the topic was the Tea Party protests. The show will be available online later today - you can watch it at the Business Matters website and join in the debate at the Business Matters blog.
We have one Chamber event today: the Women's Business Council is having a Just Your Style event.
And that's it for now! Have a great day!