Harrisburg – May 24, 2017 – State Sens. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland) and Vincent J. Hughes (D-Philadelphia/Montgomery) reacted to today’s release of the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee report, which examined the financial impact of charter schools in Pennsylvania. Brewster and Hughes have been long-time advocates of changing the state’s charter school law.  Both senators have […]

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Harrisburg – May 5, 2017 – State Sen. Jim Brewster’s seventh annual Student Government Day Seminar, held yesterday at Penn State Greater Allegheny in McKeesport, included 11 local schools, 180 students, political leaders from Allegheny and Westmoreland counties and an array of officials from Harrisburg, Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland) said today. “This was an incredible event for […]

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Harrisburg – April 19, 2017 – A package of legislation requiring mandatory treatment for drug addicted offenders charged with minor offenses, strict opioid prescription limits, and new stiff penalties for those possessing large quantities of drugs and illegal guns will soon be introduced by state Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland).

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Op-ed by Senator Jim Brewster Just last year, a significant effort to modernize liquor sales in Pennsylvania was signed into law as Act 39. The new law expands locations where wine can be sold to include grocery stores, restaurants and hotels, allows the direct shipment of wine and the auctioning of revoked or not renewed […]

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Costa, Brewster insist that Turnpike dollars are obligated to improve regional access Harrisburg – March 31, 2017 – State Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) and Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland) said today that the legislative commitment concerning the Mon-Fayette Expressway is clear and that improving access to the region via a revitalized and comprehensive transportation […]

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Harrisburg – March 29, 2017 – More than $675,000 in grant funding has been approved for seven sewer rehabilitation projects in the Allegheny Valley, Mon Valley, South Hills and east suburbs, according to state Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland). The funding was approved for sewer projects in Clairton, Monroeville, North Versailles, West Elizabeth, New Kensington, Pleasant Hills […]

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Harrisburg – February 27, 2017 – The relationship between school districts, charter schools, students and taxpayers would be fundamentally realigned and restructured if comprehensive charter school reform legislation soon to be introduced by state Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland) was enacted, the lawmaker said today. “The goal of my legislation is to realign and redefine how […]

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Harrisburg – February 7, 2017 – State Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland) released the following statement concerning Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2017-18:

“The proposed $32.3 billion General Fund budget cuts more than $2 billion in expenses, calls for spending slightly more than 1 percent over last year and deals with a looming $3 billion deficit without a broad-based income tax hike.

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Harrisburg – February 1, 2017 – State Senate Democrats said that Gov. Tom Wolf should call a special session of the General Assembly to ensure that legislation that results in significant property tax relief or total elimination is passed and signed into law this session.

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