Thursday, September 1, 2011

Daily Briefing, 9/1/2011

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

At a Chamber event yesterday, Lehigh County Executive Don Cunningham unveiled his 2012 budget.  The budget does not have a tax increase, further reduces the County workforce and vacates the tax-relief fund by sending it back to Lehigh County tax-payers, which will result in an average $30 credit.  A total of 8,000 - 9,000 Lehigh Valley residents are still without power. In Allentown, the City of unveiled 250 high-tech solar trash cans. A drug raid in Lehigh County yesterday resulted in the arrests of 14 people.  In Northampton Borough, the Borough has been told by the federal government that it can now keep its orange and black street street signs.  Congrats to Chamber member Alvin H. Butz, which has been selected to build the Sands Casino Resort convention center.

In state-wide news, Harrisburg has until today to approve a financial recovery plan or risk being taken over by the state.

In national news, President Obama will address the nation in a special joint session of Congress on September 8, after an initial controversy on when the speech would be given.  The Department of Justice has moved to stop the AT&T purchase of T-Mobile on anti-trust grounds.

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

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