Thursday, January 28, 2010

Daily Briefing, 1/28/10

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

In the East Penn School District, the school board has voted against a 2.9% tax increase, saying that they don't want to be "boxed in" and acknowledging that the tax increase may be higher.  At an event at DeSales University yesterday, the publishers of the Morning Call and Express Times spoke about the state of the newspaper industry, noting that the industry has changed by remains relevant.  In Northampton County, County Executive Stoffa has vetoed legislation passed by County Council that would have taken back $686,000 to finish road work in Bethlehem, saying it went against a previously negotiated settlement.  The City agreed to take $386,000 instead.  In Easton, the city will be able to make a payment of $3 million as part of its settlement to the widow of police officer Jesse Sollman - the payment will happen by Easton borrowing against its general and health care insurance funds.  At Lehigh Valley International Airport, newly released numbers showed that traffic in 2009 fell to the lowest numbers of the decade, despite an increase in traffic over the past six months.

In state-wide news, another poll shows that Pat Toomey has a lead over Arlen Specter - a Franklin and Marshall poll shows that Toomey's lead has increased to 14%.  Toomey leads Joe Sestak by 22%, and Specter holds a 30 - 13% lead over Sestak. 

President Obama delivered his State of the Union address last night, calling for an increased focus on jobs and reaffirming his commitment to health care.  In other news, three new polls show an increasingly tight race in the "generic" Democrat vs. Republican ballot, with one poll actually showing Republicans with a 5% lead.  Apple yesterday unveiled its new iPad, a brand new tablet-style computer.  Toyota yesterday expanded its car recall another 1.1 million models, bringing the total to 5.3 million. 

We have a very busy day today at The Chamber, with four events:  a Speed Networking event, a training on Social Media and specific types of content that can be used, a mixer at Allentown Symphony Hall with the Lehigh Valley Easy Pages and the PACC Board Officer installations

That's it for now!  We'll be back later.  Have a great day!

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