Good morning everyone! Here is today's Daily Briefing.
In local news, for the 2nd time in barely a year, the Saucon Valley School District has a teacher's strike. The walkout begins today after the School Board voted 9-0 against the latest contract offer from the union. The walkout could last as long as 15-17 days. In the city of Bethlehem, the first part of a Greenway on the city's Southside has been completed. The new park was paid for largely by the Sands Bethlehem.
In state-wide news, there is a new poll out for the hotly contested 2010 U.S. Senate race. The poll shows Senator Arlen Specter beating Pat Toomey by a slim 46-43% margin. If Congressman Joe Sestak is the Democratic nominee, Sestak wins 43-38%.
In national news, Senator Max Baucus' health care bill passed the Senate Finance Committee yesterday, with one Republican, Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME) voting yes. This bill must now be merged with another version that passed the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee before it is voted on by the full Senate. In other news, there is now a new push to expand the $8,000 first-time tax credit on home purchases. The credit is set to expire on November 30.
We have two Chamber events today: the annual Phillipsburg Awards banquet and an update on Steel Stacks from Jeff Parks of ArtsQuest.
And that's it for today! Have a great day and we will catch you later.