Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Daily Briefing, 3/16/2009

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

Lehigh Valley unemployment declined in January, dropping from 9.7 to 9.6%.  In Macungie, Borough Council voted unanimously to direct Police Chief Ed Harry to grant the Mayor access to the police schedule.  If he does so, Chief Harry will receive all back pay and have records related to his suspension expunged.  Keep an eye on your mailbox this week, as Census 2010 forms are in the mail and officials are encouraging you to fill them out.  Legislative representation and over $400,000,000 in federal funding depend on census results.  Thomas Senavitis was found not guilty of vehicular homicide in the car crash that killed former State Senator Eric James Rhoades, but was found guilty of DUI and reckless endangerment.  And, congrats to WFMZ-TV, winner of nine awards from the Pennsylvania Associated Press Broadcasters Association.

There was another poll in the heated Senate race between Senator Arlen Specter (D-PA) and Pat Toomey (R), this one showing Toomey with a 42-36% lead over Specter.

The drama surrounding health care reform continues, with Democrats working to pin down as many votes as possible despite the fact that the final legislative language is not complete and a cost estimate is not yet available.  Both are expected today.  In the Senate, Democrats and Republicans have agreed to vote on a $17.6 billion jobs bill.  As expected, Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT) introduced a plan to overhaul the financial regulatory system yesterday.  The plan includes more regulation on executive compensation and a new consumer regulator in the federal reserve, among other provisions.  According to a new report, the U.S. is not in any immediate danger of seeing its credit rating downgraded, though a new report from Moody's does say that there is now "no room for error."

We have one event today - an AT&T webinar on how to use mobile phones for social networking.  To register for the event (its not too late), E-mail me at mikes@lehighvalleychamber.org.

Business Matters aired yesterday, featuring a debate on whether or not corporations and unions should be allowed to directly contribute to political campaigns.  The show will be available online later today and you can check out the Business Matters blog for more information.

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


Anonymous said...

The man's name was James, not Eric Rhoades. Does anyone review these before you post?

Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce said...

Anon 3:03, you caught me, I made an error and corrected it. Thanks for the pick up!