Friday, December 18, 2009

Daily Briefing, 12/19/2009

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

Congressman Charlie Dent can expect a primary challenge in the upcoming election, as Mathew Benol, a local Tea Party activist, has announced his intention to run against Dent in the upcoming Republican primary.  The Pennsylvania Public Utilities Commission announced yesterday that PPL owes its customers $30 million after overcharging customers for investments in PPL power plants.  As a result, PPL customers can expect a $2 credit on their bills through 2010.  In local budget news, Lower Saucon Township approved their budget yesterday - the budget had no tax hike.


In state-wide news, Governor Rendell has approved $700 million in university subsidies to four Pennsylvania colleges - but he has also said that at least 1,000 state employees will be laid off if table games are not approved by January 8.  A poll released yesterday shows that Attorney General Tom Corbett continues his early lead in the Pennsylvania Governor's race, easily leading all Democratic contenders and the Republican primary, although large amounts of undecided voters remain in each race.  In the Democratic primary, Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato maintains a slim lead in the five-way race, but again, there are massive amounts of undecided voters.

President Obama has traveled to Copenhagen to address the COP15 Climate Change conference, calling on world leaders to make signifigent changes to address growing climate problems throughout the world.  In the ongoing health care debate, the Senate now needs to debate day and night in order to meet a Christmas deadline for passing health care legislation.

We have two Chamber events today: a Small Business Council breakfast and a Valley Social party featuring Chrissy Iannelli.

And that's it for now!  We'll be back later today. 

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