Thursday, December 17, 2009

Daily Briefing, 12/17/2009

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

The conflict between teachers and the school board in the Saucon Valley School District, with the School Board approving a teacher's contract by a 5-3 vote.  In Bangor, the Borough adopted a budget that includes a 1.5 mill tax raise - smaller than the initially proposed 2 mill tax raise after Borough employees volunteered to give up raises for the year.  In Northampton County, County Executive Stoffa wants to save money and will do so by trying to renegotiate labor contracts with the County's 11 unions.

In state-wide news, the Pennsylvania Senate approved its own version of tables games by a 27-22 vote - but the vote differs from the version passed by the House on local issues and smaller "resort" casinos, and House leaders say that this version of the bill will not pass.

In national news, Time yesterday announced their 2009 Person of the Year: Ben Bernanke, Chairman of the Federal Reserve.  Meanwhile, with the outcome in doubt, President Obama will head to the world-wide climate summit in Copenhagen tomorrow.

We have one Chamber event today: a mixer at 3900 Hamilton Blvd.

That's all for now!  Have a great day, and we'll be back later.

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