Thursday, November 4, 2010

Daily Briefing, 11/4/2010

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

In Allentown, Mayor Pawlowski formally presented City Council with a 40% increase in the city's Earned Income Tax in order to deal with its ballooning pension costs.  The city also passed the first of two pieces of legislation necessary to extend health care benefits to same sex partners of city employees.  The first of four public meetings regarding the sale of Gracedale was held in Northampton County.

In state-wide news, with the elections out of the way, the state legislature can now start to look towards redistricting the state's Legislative and Congressional districts.

The outcome of two Senate races remain undetermined.  In Colorado, Democrat Michael Bennett eked out a victory.  In Alaska, it appears that Lisa Murkowski will win re-election as a write-in candidate, despite being defeated in the Republican primary.  In Washinton, it appears that Democrat Patti Murphy is heading towards a slim victory, although that race has not been called yet.  If these results hold, Democrats will have lost six seats in the Senate.  John Boehner, the next Speaker of the House, has said that one of his #1 priorities will be top defund health care reform.  Over two million people will stop receiving unemployment benefits unless Congress passes an extension within the next few weeks.

We have one Chamber event today: a mixer at Sam's Club on Airport Road.

That's it for now!  Have a great day, and we'll see you later.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I hope Allentown City Council votes down the 40% income tax increase. This is NOT a business-friendly proposal. The Chamber is trying to revitalize downtowns and entice businesses to locate there, and a tax like this will surely make a business avoid Allentown, and may even drive some existing ones away!