Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Daily Briefing, 4/7/2010

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

Despite website claims by unions to the contrary, the City of Allentown denied that it will be filing for Act 47 relief status.  Act 47 would allow the city to claim that it is fiscally distressed and receive additional state assistance.  After failing to round up support from its investors, the sale of Cedar Fair, Dorney Park's parent company, was canceled yesterday.  In Bethlehem, controversy abounds after the placement of an electronic billboard next to the hill-to-hill bridge.  The House Majority Leader, Steny Hoyer (D-MD), joined congressional candidate John Callahan (D) at a forum, where both attacked Congressman Charlie Dent for voting against a recent law that was designed to increase financing for college students.  A Morning Call analysis looks at the donors to both Dent and Callahan's campaigns, noting the connections between the donations and work that both have done for their donors in an official capacity. 

A state funding crisis is now looming, as the federal government has rejected an application to toll I-80, leaving a $450 million hole in transportation funding after June 30.  Governor Rendell has called for a special session that deals exclusively with how to fill the gap.  There were other campaign financing updates in the race for Governor as well - Attorney General Tom Corbett has over $4 million on hang, while his opponent, State Representative Sam Rohrer, has $7,000.  For the Democrats, Auditor General Jack Wagner has $673,000 on hand after raising $220,000 in 2010.  Montgomery County Commissioner Joe Hoeffel has about $100,000 on hand after raising $240,000.  A new Senate poll has Pat Toomey (R) with a slim 46-43% lead over Senator Arlen Specter (D-PA).  A Quinnipiac poll has Senator Specter with a commanding 53-32% lead over Congressman Joe Sestak.

We have one Chamber event today:  the Grand Opening celebration of the Value Place hotel.

That's all we have for now!  Have a great day, and we will be back later.

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