Monday, January 3, 2011

Daily Briefing, 1/3/2011 - Welcome Back to Work!

Good morning everyone, and welcome back to the office!  Here is your first Daily Briefing of the new year.

The Express Times runs an update on the building of the new WLVT building next to SteelStacks in South Bethlehem, noting that the site continues to be developed.  Public viewing began today for Senator Mike O'Pake (D-11) - O'Pake died last week following complications from heart surgery.  Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA), the incoming head of the House of Representatives Oversight & Government Reform Committee, has said that he will not investigate the job offer that the Obama Administration supposedly made to Congressman Joe Sestak to get him to drop out of the Senate primary.

Economists are at least somewhat optimistic about job prospects in 2011, forecasting between 2.5 and 3 million jobs being added to the economy despite an expected unemployment rate of 9%.  Good news for all of our paychecks: tax-breaks will kick in this week, boosting paychecks by as much as $40 per week.  If you are one of fifty million Americans that itemize your tax deductions, you will have to wait until at least February to file your taxes, as the IRS is in the process of updating its internal systems.

We have one Chamber event today: the grand opening of a new Sonic in Phillipsburg.

That's it for now!  Again, welcome back to work, and we'll see you in a bit.

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