Good morning everyone! Here is today's Daily Briefing.
In a survey released yesterday, 10% of Valley employers said they were planning on adding staff over the next quarter while 12% said they were planning on reducing staff - an improvement over the past quarter. In Bethlehem, City Council approved a budget that increased spending 10% but did not increase taxes. The additional revenue came from casino host fees. In Easton, unionized city employees will be getting a raise, but will also be paying an increased share of health care costs. And in Allentown, the city is set to create a Riverfront tax district that will span 130 acres and result in a total redevelopment of the area, including a new hockey arena. With electric deregulation fast approaching, PPL has announced that 8% of their customers have switched to other suppliers.
In state-wide news, witnesses have alleged that the Majority Leader of the Pennsylvania House, Todd Eachus, made fundraising calls from inside the Capitol and used legislative staff to assist in political operations. In other news, the state has announced that it is offering low-interest home loans that could assist up to 11,000 individuals in purchasing homes.
In national news, a vote is set for tomorrow, 8am, for the Senate to vote on final approval of the Senate health care legislation. The bill is expected to pass 60-40. Congressman Parker Griffith (AL-5) yesterday switched parties, moving from the Democratic caucus to the Republican.
That's it for now! We'll have at least one more entry later today and then we are on vacation until Monday.
Have a great day!