Thursday, June 24, 2010

Daily Briefing 6/24/2010

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

In Bethlehem, the Pennsylvania League of Cities and Municipalities kicked off their annual convention, giving the city a chance to show itself off to the entire state.  In Parkland, School Board Members agreed to a tax hike of 2.88%.

In state-wide news, a U.S. House of Representatives panel rejected a resolution to have the Attorney General turn over any discussion regarding the alleged job offer that Joe Sestak claims was made in exchange for his withdrawal from the primary.  Governor Rendell is denying the reports of a Philadelphia magazine that allege he had an affair with a woman who works for him.  Budget talks continue at the state, and progress is apparently being made, with the gap between the House Democrats and Senate Republicans narrowing to $700 million (yes, you did read that section correctly).  State Senator Lisa Boscola has introduced a bill that would required any Pennsylvania government employee to live in the state.  The purpose of the bill is to "make a point," as similar legislation has been proposed in New Jersey.  A new poll shows Attorney General Tom Corbett with a ten point lead over Dan Onorato in the race for Pennsylvania Governor.

In national news, General Stanley McChrystal has been replaced by General David Petraeus as the leader of American forces in Afghanistan after McChrystal's remarks in a Rolling Stones article that were critical of American's civilian leadership. 

Today is a busy day at The Chamber, as we have three events:  a training on how to use Social Media to better connect with your customers, our annual Easton-Phillipsburg Golf Classic and and information session on our upcoming Chamber trip to China.

That's it for now!  We'll have two entries for you later today.  Have a good one!

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