Friday, December 11, 2009

Daily Briefing, 12/11/2009

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

Some gaming news to lead off today: Easton will receive $450,000 of the estimated $1.8 million that the Valley will receive in tax dollars from table games, if and when they are legalized.  Easton did not receive any of the money from slots.  In Northampton County, however, some Council members are considering suing Bethlehem over disagreements for the way that Bethlehem is spending portions of the casino money.  Speaking of Northampton County, the County passed its 2010 budget - a budget that, after cuts, included no tax increases, despite Executive Stoffa's original call for a 9% tax increase. 

In state-wide news, former State Representative Sean Ramaley has been acquitted of all charges related to the Bonusgate scandal.  The trail result is a political blow to Attorney General Tom Corbett, who is also running for Governor.

In national news, a survey notes that only 4% of troubled mortgages have received help under programs established by the Obama administration.  New numbers indicate that patent filings have fallen from the previous year's filings - the first time in 13 years this has happened.  And, for the 14th straight money, the U.S. government spent more money than it took in, this month recording a $120.3 billion deficit.

That's all for now!  Have a great day!

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