Thursday, October 29, 2009

Daily Briefing, 10/29/2009

Good morning everyone!  Here is today's Daily Briefing, and there is a lot of news today.

In Lehigh County, commissioners yesterday approved a no tax-hike budget.  The budget was approved by a 5-4 vote, with all four Democrats and Republican Sterling Raber voting for its approval.  In school strike and closure news, East Penn School District will open today, despite a bus driver strike that has left the district without any bus service.  In the Saucon Valley, talks between the district and teachers' union have ended with no agreement.  The strike continues.  In Bethlehem, SteelStacks is set for its groundbreaking today.  Governor Rendell will be on hand to begin construction on the $25.8 million project.  In Easton, the city has announced that their Riverwalk project, complete with a bus depot and parking terminal, is back on at a new site on S. 3rd Street.  And Valley-wide, there is good news, as preschool starts today through Community Services for Children after being shut-down as a result of the state budget stalemate. 

In state-wide news, the Public Utility Commission held a public meeting in Carbon County yesterday, during which it recommended that state consumers shop around for their electricity.  Remember, by the way, that the Chamber has a great program for businesses through Constellation Energy.  In politics, a new Franklin and Marshall poll shows that Senator Specter would still defeat Pat Toomey in an election (33-31%), but in the same poll, only 23% of respondents felt that Senator Specter should be reelected.  Meanwhile, an upcoming report is set to show that the national GDP has increased, but there are still signs that the economy is losing ground.

We have three Chamber events today: a Social Networking Strategies and Tactics Training, a debate for Lehigh County Executive (see the Business Matters blog for more info) and a mixer at Frazier Advanced Information Systems.

That's it for now!  Have a great day and we'll see you later.

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