REGION — U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) visited Honesdale (Wayne County) and hosted a forum at the Wayne Economic Development Corporation (WEDCO) where he heard from local business, community, and elected leaders.

Senator Toomey kicked off the forum with a brief update regarding the latest legislative ongoings from Washington. Specifically, Senator Toomey highlighted the positive role that tax reform and regulatory relief are playing in growing our economy. Currently unemployment is at a 50 year low and wages are growing, especially for low income earners.

“I think at a macro level – statewide and nationally – the economic numbers are fantastic. And anecdotally, the idea that people are spending money advertising not for customers, but for employees. That speaks volumes. I think the last two years, between tax reform, regulatory relief, and normalizing monetary policy has proven that we do not have to settle for two percent growth. We can have three percent growth and this can continue for a while.” 

Following Senator Toomey’s update, attendees provided Senator Toomey with an update on several topics that are on the front burner in Wayne County such as, career technical training, the need for high speed broadband in rural areas, and the opioid crisis.

Attendees included: Mary Beth Wood (WEDCO), Todd Stephens (Stephens Pharmacy/Northeast Med-Equip), Joe Adams (Wayne County Commissioner), Andrew Seder (State Senator Lisa Baker’s office), Dave Hoff (Wayne Memorial Hospital), Brian Wilken (Honesdale National Bank), Lisa Burns (Greater Honesdale Partnership and The Chamber of the Northern Poconos), Holly Przasnyski (Chamber of the Northern Poconos), Wendell Kay (Wayne County Commissioner),  Pete Bocknovich (Dime Bank), and Lucyann Vierling (Wayne Pike Workforce Alliance).