Good morning everyone, and a happy October to you all. Here is today's Daily Briefing.
The first vaccines of the H1N1 virus have arrived in Pennsylvania, but we won't see any of that shipment in the Lehigh Valley - they will be going to school children in high risk areas. In Allentown, the city is hosting an Energy Efficiency forum designed to help property and business owners decrease their energy costs. The Lehigh County, the Express Times runs a story on the two candidates for the fifth commissioner district: incumbent Glenn Eckhart (R) and Hillary Kwiatek (D). In Northampton County, three Boroughs are currently without permanent police chiefs and two are still looking: Pen Argyl, Wilson and Nazareth. Also in Northampton, the gaming authority has begun discussions about how to distribute $2.8 million in grant funding.
In state-wide news, a new budget controversy is brewing: whether or not to tax the drilling of Marcellus shale. About 30 Democrats want to tax its extraction - Republicans oppose the idea. A new Senate poll has come out that shows former Congressman Pat Toomey (R) defeating Arlen Specter (D) in a general election match-up, 43-42%. The poll also has Specter with a lead over primary opponent, Congressman Joe Sestak (D-7), 44-25%.
The International Money Fund has said that the economy will grow 3.1% next year, although unemployment will remain high and the pace of the recovery will remain slow.
We have one Chamber event today, and its a big one: our annual Mayor of the Year dinner.
That's it for now! Oh, and of course: GO PHILLIES!