TriCounty Area Chamber members hears from local legislators

Gov. Tom Wolf, right, speaks with Pottstown borough council president Dan Weand and PA Senator Bob Mensch in this MONTCO.Today file photo. Mensch was on the panel at the chamber's annual breakfast.

Members of the TriCounty Area Chamber of Commerce had an opportunity last week to hear from several area lawmakers during the chamber’s annual legislative breakfast.

The (annual) breakfast gives chamber members a chance to hear about issues facing the region, and to ask questions, writes Donna Rovin for The Mercury.

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“We are an advocacy organization by definition. We want our membership to understand the issues that have an impact on them,” said Eileen Dautrich, president of the TriCounty Area Chamber of Commerce. “We want to provide them with access so they can ask questions and get information.”

On the agenda for the meeting, which was attended by about 80 chamber members, were state Sen. Bob Mensch (R-24th Dist.) and state Reps. Marcy Toepel (R-147th Dist.), Tim Hennessey (R-26th Dist.) and Tom Quigley (R-146th Dist.).

Mensch started the conversation by saying that Pennsylvania has a cash flow problem, adding that this year’s budget process “is the greatest wake-up call to the state of Pennsylvania that I have seen.”

After a four month budget stalemate, Gov. Tom Wolf on Oct. 30 signed a borrowing plan and casino expansion designed to balance the state’s $32 billion general fund budget.

We are literally out of money. We are growing our expenses at a rate much greater than or revenues. Some people would say that’s a revenue problem, others would say that’s a spending problem. It’s much more fundamental than that — it’s a cash flow problem,” Mensch said. “The economy of Pennsylvania is suffering — we’re not growing at the pace of the rest of the nation.”

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