Good morning everyone! Here is today's Daily Briefing.
In Allentown, the city has unveiled a new slogan, the "City without limits," complete with a new logo and marketing campaign. In Bethlehem, City Council is weighing any of six options to deal with the Mayor's spending of over $300,000 in casino fees without Council's permission. In Catasauqua, the Catasauqua Area School Board has raised taxes 7.44 mills. They say that the plan is a work in progress and that budget cuts are possible. There are personnel issues involving two local police departments; in Wind Gap, Borough Council suspended the police chief for thirty days and is requiring him to take leadership classes; in Macungie, the Police Chief and department want newly elected Mayor Rickie Hoffman to resign after allegations that Hoffman acted improperly in relation to his son's arrest for DUI in November. In New Jersey, Chris Christie has officially been sworn in as the state's New Governor.
In state-wide news, Governor Rendell recently traveled to Haiti in an attempt to bring home orphans from the earthquake-ravaged country. Meanwhile, in a controversial death penalty case, the Supreme Court has tossed out a ruling that removed the death sentence for Mumia Abu-Jamal. Abu-Jamal was convicted of murdering a Philadelphia police officer over 28 years ago.
Of course, in national news, the big story is the stunning upset in Massachusets, as Republican Scott Brown defeated Democrat Martha Coakley to take control of Ted Kennedy's former Senate seat. The win causes the Democrats to lose their super-majority in the Senate, throwing the possibility of health care reform into jeopardy.
We have two Chamber events today: a Speed Networking event at the Allentown Chamber of Commerce and a joint lunch from the East Penn and Western Lehigh Chambers of Commerce on why LinkedIn and Social Media matters.
That's it for now! We'll be back later today, featuring information on a brand new Chamber member benefit.