Good morning everyone! Here is today's Daily Briefing.
The Borough of Freemansburg has asked for $825,000 in gaming money to help cover upgrades to the municipal offices and its police station. In Bethlehem, the city is running an over $2 million budget surplus. In Easton, Mayor Sal Panto has extended a smoking ban on Centre Square.
The latest poll in the Senate and Governor's race (seems like we have a new one every day now) shows Pat Toomey leading Joe Sestak by 5% and Tom Corbett leading Dan Onorato by 8%. In the legislature, negotiations and debate continue on a tax on Marcellus Shale.
The House and Senate appear likely to pass a budget stop-gap measure before Friday, one which is necessary to avoid a government shut-down. The stop-gap measure appears likely to ignore some of the wishes of the Obama administration. The head of non-partisan the Congressional Budget Office, Douglas Elmendorf, has said that the extension of the Bush tax-cuts will not be as helpful as other options that could help the economy more.
That's it for now! Have a great day.