In attendance at the Upper Perk Chamber of Commerce legislative breakfast were, left to right, Luanne Stauffer, president, chamber of commerce, Don Grandmont, Knoll, Eric Davis, aid to Representative Justin Simmons, Jason Carver, aid to US Congressman Jim Gerlach, Rep. Marcy Toepel, state representative, Dan Meuser, state secretary of revenue and Justin Simmons, state representative.
The UPV Chamber legislative affairs breakfast was held on August 15 at The Loft at Sweet Water, with opening remarks from the host sponsor John Andrews, The Loft at Sweet Water, followed by the breakfast sponsor Rachel Gillespie, Gillespie Electric.
The speakers included Secretary of Revenue Dan Meuser and legislators representing the Upper Perkiomen Valley including Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick, Representative Marcy Toepel and Representative Justin Simmons.
Secretary Meuser explained that, on a daily basis, it is his department’s responsibility to “plan right, have the right strategy and communicate with the public.” He identified issues facing Pennsylvania since Gov. Corbett took office: $4 billion deficit, increasing pension obligations and the need to pass a balanced budget on-time. Wrapping up his remarks, he reviewed what the governor has accomplished to date.
After Cong. Fitzpatrick, Rep. Toepel and Rep. Simmons offered opening comments, the chamber facilitated a question-and-answer period facilitated by the chamber. Other topics of interest included job readiness skills, workforce development, education, and Marcellus shale.