Op-ed Column by Sen. Jim Brewster The Pennsylvania State Troopers Association has posted bright flags warning of a potentially devastating trooper retirement tsunami looming just over the horizon. If the storm comes together and the retirement tidal wave hits, it would severely strain police resources, impair our ability to deal with domestic terrorism and dangerously […]

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Wilkinsburg, August 4, 2016 – At the request of state Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa, a joint state Senate-House Democratic Policy Committee hearing was held today on efforts and resources to fight blight within our communities, including the successes and challenges of land banks. “Blight is a scourge that impedes both business and residential interest […]

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Harrisburg, July 5, 2016 − The state Senate adopted a resolution sponsored by state Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland) that urges the President and other federal officials to strongly enforce trade laws to protect the domestic steel industry from unfair foreign competition. “The domestic steel industry is in dire need of help from Washington,” Brewster said. “We […]

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  Harrisburg, July 1, 2016 − The state’s Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) today approved more than $400,000 in grant funding to help complete a key bridge reconstruction project at Keystone Commons, state Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland) said today. “The grant funds approved today will be used to reconstruct the AWR Bridge at Keystone Commons,” Brewster said. […]

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Harrisburg, June 30, 2016 − David L. Spurgeon, a McKeesport lawyer who currently serves as Deputy District Attorney in Allegheny County, has been confirmed by the state Senate as the newest member of the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas, Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland) said today.   Brewster released the following statement concerning Spurgeon’s confirmation: “David […]

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Harrisburg, June 24, 2016  − The inaugural “Going for the Goal Sprint Triathlon” will get underway on Sunday, June 26 at 8:15 a.m. at McKeesport High School in McKeesport, honorary chairman Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland) said today. “The triathlon will bring exceptional athletes to McKeesport to compete in the first of its kind event for […]

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Harrisburg – June 6, 2016 – The application deadline for the Property Tax/Rent Rebate program has been extended from June 30, 2016 to Dec. 31, 2016 according to state Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland). “Opening the application window wider will help attract more applications and result in greater relief for qualifying seniors, widow, widowers and people […]

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Erie – May 5, 2016 – At the request of state Sen. Sean Wiley, the state Senate Democratic Policy Committee held a hearing today on problems related to gas drilling in the Lake Erie watershed. “We need to make responsible and measured decisions about where we can expand – as well as where we should […]

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