Monday, December 21, 2009

Daily Briefing, 12/21/2009

Good morning everyone!  We hope you had a great weekend.  Here is today's Daily Briefing.

The Express Times runs a story on the 15th Congressional District race between incumbent Charlie Dent (R-15) and Bethlehem Mayor John Callahan (D), noting that the attacks have started early as both candidates have already launched negative ads against each other.  Some budget news out of Lower Macungie Township, as the municipality passed a budget that, once again, does not contain a property tax - although this year's budget does use budgetary reserves in order to balance.  The municipality also approved a transportation impact fee, meaning that builders will have to pay on a per-vehicle basis for new development in Macungie.  The fee will help pay for transportation improvements that are needed as a result of the development.  The parent company of WLEV and Cat County 96, Citadel Broadcasting, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.  Citadel has said that their business will "continue as usual."

In state-wide news, a recent audit shows that the expansion of the state's Right-To-Know law is working, with 85% of requests for information being granted.

There was a huge vote early this morning in the Senate, and by a 60-40 vote, the Senate voted to stop debate on the proposed health care reform bill.  The vote all but assures that the Senate will pass health care reform before Christmas.

Business Matters airs today, and in a case of great timing, features a one-on-one interview with Dr. Elliot Sussman, President & CEO of the Lehigh Valley Health Network.  You can watch the show tonight at 8pm WFMZ-TV, and make sure you check out the Business Matters Blog to join in the debate - incidentally, the blog has has a very active debate on health care over the past few days!

That's it for now!  We have a guest blog entry later today, so make sure you check us out later in the morning.  Have a great day!

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