Good morning everyone! Here is today's Daily Briefing.
Mayor Pawlowski of Allentown has nominated Sara Hailstone of Scranton to serve as the City's new Director of Community and Economic Development. Hailstone had previously held the same position in Scranton and most recently worked as a regional director for the State's Community and Economic development department. In Allentown, Lehigh County Executie Don Cunningham gave his State of the County address yesterday at a Chamber event. The Executive noted that times were difficult and that cuts to popular programs may have to be made. In Bethlehem, Mayor Callahan gave an update on the State of the City at a Chamber event yesterday, saying that Bethlehem remained in a good position despite the difficult financial environment. In his speech, the Mayor also pushed for the creation of new jobs and noted that crime in the city as down. Meanwhile, the Bethlehem Area School District approved a draft budget that raised taxes by 10.78%. Speaking of School Districts, the Salisbury Township School District saw their draft budget yesterday - one that calls for a tax hike of 11.3%. In Easton, plans have been unveiled for a site on S. 3rd street that would create a new bus terminal, parking deck and space for the National High School Sports Hall of Fame Museum.
In state-wide news, a date has been set for the special election to replace Congressman John Murtha (D-12), who died last week following complications as a result of gallbladder surgery. The special election will be held on May 18, the same day of the Pennsylvania primary.
Bad news for millions of seniors who are on Medicare programs: premiums increased an average of 14% this year. Meanwhile, a new study shows that state taxpayers could be on the hook for more than $1 billion in benefit and pension plans for retirees.
We have one Chamber event today: a Small Business Council breakfast on hiring.
That's it for now! See you later.