Friday, September 11, 2009

Daily Briefing, 9/11/2009

Good morning everyone. Here is today's Daily Briefing.

In local news, local utility UGI is facing a $160,000 fine for an error made by one of its contractors that resulted in the destruction of several homes in 2006. In Lehigh County, County Executive Cunningham's proposed budget will eliminate staff from the Farmland Preservation program by cutting $126,000 - the program will still operate, however. In business news, congrats to Air Products, who landed a $18.7 million contract with NASA to produces gases for the program. Community Services for Children is being forced to indefinitely postpone its pre-school program until the state budget is passed due to a lack of funding.

In state-wide news, a potentially huge story is brewing in Harrisburg, as it appears that the state may be close to a budget deal. The nearly $28 billion spending plan will apparently legalize table games and increase cigarette taxes to offset spending increases. In other news, Geisinger Health Systems in rural Pennsylvania is getting much more notice than usual after President Obama mentioned them in his address to Congress yesterday. The President praised the hospital for the innovative ways that it was driving down the cost of health care. The Morning Call also reviews the Pennsylvania Clean Air act that bans smoking inside many establishments, noting that 6,000 places have special exemptions. At a Chamber President's Roundtable yesterday, the President of the Sands, Robert DeSilvio, announced that the casino had filed the paperwork for more slots.

That's all that we have for you today. Have a great weekend.

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