Good morning! Here is today's Daily Briefing.
According to a new Greater Lehigh Valley Economic Report, 27% of businesses expect to hire more over the next six months - and only 5% expect to reduce staff levels. Teachers and other staffers in the Northampton and East Penn School Districts have agreed to pay freezes and other concessions. Lehigh County Republicans held a contentious debate ahead of this Tuesday's primary. In Allentown, city officials unveiled their plans to host their 250th anniversary celebrations. The City of Easton achieved significant budget savings through an early retirement plan.
Senator Pat Toomey has unveiled a budget proposal that would balance the budget by 2020. Microsoft has agreed to buy Skype, a video-conferencing tool.
Today is a very busy day at The Chamber, with three events: The Southern Lehigh Business Council is holding their Shining Star awards, the Allentown Chamber of Commerce is holding its Annual Dinner and the Phillipsburg Chamber of Commerce is holdings its State of the City address with Mayor Wyant.
That's it for now! See you later!