Monday, March 15, 2010

Daily Briefing, 3/15/2010

Good morning everyone!  I hope you enjoyed the rainy weekend.  Here is today's Daily Briefing.

Weather wise, it wasn't the best weekend, but it was still better than expected and there was no major flooding.  With Allentown's cell phone law set to take effect on Friday, the Morning Call reviews equipment options for drivers that will legally enable them to keep talking.  The Call also profiles the controversial Mayor of Macungie, Rick Hoffman, who has been involved in a controversy involving control of the police department and his battles with the Chief of Police, Ed Harry.  The Call also profiles Jake Towne, who is running an independent campaign for Congress.  And, get ready: this week, census forms will start to arrive by mail.

In state-wide news, a second consecutive poll shows Senator Arlen Specter (D-PA) with a lead over former Congressman Pat Toomey, with this poll showing Specter up 47-41.  The poll shows Specter's favorable numbers have improved dramatically since the last poll. 

This could be a big week, if not the week, for health care reform, with Press Secretary Robert Gibbs saying that he expects health care reform to pass by next week.  Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT) is also set to unveil a financial overhaul reform package today.

Business Matters airs today, featuring a debate on whether or not corporations and unions should be allowed to directly contribute to political campaigns.  The show airs tonight at 8pm on WFMZ-TV.  For more info and to participate in the debate, check out the Business Matters blog.

That's it for now!  We'll be back later.  See you then!


Anonymous said...

What is the Chamber's position on this healthcare plan that you stated will be a go this week? I hope they are against it since it is basically a new tax on business!

Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce said...

Hi there - here is the response from Michelle Young, The Chamber's Executive VP of Public Policy:

"We believe this legislation will be incredibly onerous on business & does not address costs, there is no way we should have any legislation that doesn't address the drivers of costs. We are encouraging our members to contact Senators Casey & Specter."

Anonymous said...

Does that mean the chamber opposes this senate bill Nancy Pelosi is pushing through this week? If so, they should be out there telling the media, chamber members and anyone else who will listen - before the vote in the house takes place.

Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce said...

Yes, an email will be sent tomorrow morning (Wed 3/17--immediately following the Chamber's Public Policy Committee meeting) to all Chamber members encouraging each to contact our federal officials. If you would like me to email you a note at that time please share your email address and I'd be happy to do so. Thank you, Michelle