Office Locations 

District Office
1038 Second Street Pike, Suite 101
Richboro, PA 18954
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Monday through Friday
Phone: (215) 364-3414
Fax: (215) 364-8626

Satellite Office

123 W Bridge St
New Hope, PA 18938
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Tuesday through Friday
Phone: (215) 862-1940 
Fax: (215) 862-1943

Capitol Address Information
105 Ryan Office Buildling
PO Box 202178
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2178
Phone: (717) 787-9033
Fax: (717) 705-1802

Letter to the Editor: Petri Urges Return to Capitol to Finish Budget
On Tuesday, the House Speaker adjourned session until the call of the chair and the Senate has also adjourned. I think it is irresponsible to pass a spending bill without agreement from all four chambers and the governor on how to pay for the expenditures.

Many ideas were tossed around in the past two weeks, mostly centering on expanded gaming such as Video Gaming Terminals (VGTs) and Internet gaming. However, revenues from expanded gaming would not raise more than $200 million. The state treasurer has calculated that Pennsylvania will have to borrow $3 billion to meet the budget expenditures between now and April 2018. I am anticipating that the credit agencies will downgrade our credit ratings because we failed to balance the budget and may not be back in session before September. This is shameful.

The Mercatus Center at George Mason University ranks Pennsylvania 45th in overall fiscal condition, our lowest ratings being in cash to cover short-term liabilities and revenues matching expenses for the fiscal year.

My experience as chairman of the House Ethics, Urban Affairs and Gaming Oversight committees has proven to me that it is possible to reach a consensus on difficult issues. Reasonable solutions are possible if people are willing to work together and compromise. It is time that we sit down in a bipartisan manner and come up with a revenue plan that makes sense. I am willing to return to the Capitol anytime in the next few weeks to work out a solution.

Representative Scott Petri
178th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Media Contact: Donna Pinkham

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