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Brewster Applauds PurePenn at Groundbreaking in McKeesport

McKeesport – July 27, 2017 – At today’s groundbreaking for PurePenn, one of Pennsylvania’s first medical cannabis facilities, state Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland) offered words of thanks and encouragement to the company for investing in McKeesport and bolstering the economy of…
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Brewster’s Police Officers’ Training Commission Legislation Clears Senate

Harrisburg – July 9, 2017 – State Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland) said today that the legislation he offered to change the composition of the Municipal Police Officers’ Education and Training Commission is long overdue and is a common-sense change that…
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Brewster Announces District Outreach Office Locations, Dates and Times

Harrisburg – July 7, 2017 – State Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland) said today that he will again have outreach office hours at various locations throughout the region. “We have had great success with our outreach offices in various parts of…
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Mon-Fayette Expressway Boosted by SPC Vote

Harrisburg – June 26, 2017 – The effort to build the final 14-mile phase of the Mon-Fayette Expressway received a significant boost today when the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission (SPC) voted to move the project forward, an action that helps pave…
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Brewster: 2nd Annual “Going for the Goal Sprint Triathlon” Set for June 25

Harrisburg – June 21, 2017 – The 2nd Annual “Going for the Goal Sprint Triathlon” will get underway on Sunday, June 25 at 8:00 a.m. at McKeesport High School in McKeesport, Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland) said today.   “This event attracts…
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Brewster Issues Statement on Approval of McKeesport Site for Medical Marijuana Grower Permit

Harrisburg – June 20, 2017 – State Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland) issued the following statement after the Pennsylvania Department of Health today awarded a medical marijuana grower and processor permit in the City of McKeesport to PurePenn LLC.  The site…
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Television Program Features Discussion of Opioid Crisis, Brewster’s Legislation

Harrisburg – June 19, 2017 – The “Pennsylvania Report” featuring state Sen. Jim Brewster is focused on the state’s opioid and heroin crisis and Brewster’s legislation to effectively deal with the epidemic. “We need to find new ways to address…
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Brewster, Hughes React to New State Report on Charter Schools

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…
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Eleven Schools, 180 Students, Leaders Attend Brewster’s Student Government Day Seminar

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…
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Drug Prevention Recovery Enforcement Act Aimed at Defeating Heroin Epidemic, Brewster says

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…
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Honor Transportation Commitment to Mon Valley and Eastern Suburban Communities

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…
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More than $675,000 in Grant Funding Approved for Seven Local Sewer Projects, Brewster says

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…
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Brewster: Charter School Reform Will Create Partnerships, Reward Students and Protect Taxpayers

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,…
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Brewster: Proposed State Budget is a Blueprint for Change

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…
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Senate Democrats Call for Special Session on Property Tax Relief or Elimination

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…
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PA 2017 Adult Trout Stocking Schedules Now Available

HARRISBURG, February 1, 2017 – The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) announced today that the 2017 adult trout stocking schedules are now available online and on the PFBC’s “FishBoatPA” mobile app. Anglers can easily search the trout stocking schedules…
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Property Tax and Rent Rebate Help Available at Brewster’s Offices

Harrisburg – January 27, 2017 – Help in accessing the state’s Property Tax and Rent Rebate program for eligible seniors, widows and widowers aged 50 plus and people with disabilities 18 years of age or older is available in each…
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Brewster: Senate Committee Posts to Help District

Harrisburg – January 23, 2017 – State Sen. James Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland) said today his Democratic committee chairmanships and his membership on key committees will help push key issues that are important to the citizens of Allegheny and Westmoreland counties. “I…
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Brewster Begins Another Term in Senate

Harrisburg – January 3, 2017 – State Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland) was sworn in today for another term in the state Senate serving citizens in portions of Allegheny and Westmoreland counties.
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Brewster: Long Run Road – Walnut Street Intersection Improvements Funded

Harrisburg – December 6, 2016 – A state grant of $316,100 has been approved to improve the Long Run Road – Walnut Street intersection in the City of McKeesport, state Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/ Westmoreland) said today.  “In order to…
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Brewster Welcomes New State Investments for Recreation Projects in Allegheny, Westmoreland

Harrisburg – October 24, 2016 – State Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland) said that he welcomes new state investment in communities throughout his district after today’s announcement that the state’s Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) approved grants for key recreation projects in…
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Brewster, Markosek Announce State Funding for Allegheny Petroleum Expansion Project 

HARRISBURG, October 20, 2016 – A vital economic development project planned by Wilmerding-based Allegheny Petroleum Products Inc. at its flagship facility will move forward thanks to a million dollars in state funding secured by state Rep. Joe Markosek (D-Allegheny) and…
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Brewster: State Funds Approved to Replace West Elizabeth Sewage Treatment Plant

Harrisburg – October 19, 2016 – More than $8 million has been approved to build a new sewage treatment plant in West Elizabeth, according to state Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland). “The financing package approved today is good news because a…
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Brewster: $4.2 Million for McKeesport Commons, RIDC and New Kensington Development

Harrisburg – October 14, 2016 – A total of $4.2 million in state grant funding has been approved for three important economic development projects in Allegheny and Westmoreland counties, state Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland) said today. In Allegheny County, the…
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State Senate Hearing in Monroeville Focuses on Charter School Reform

Monroeville – October 13, 2016 – At the request of state Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland), the Senate Democratic Policy Committee today held a hearing on the role of charter schools in public education. “I hope today’s hearing gives us a…
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Sen. Brewster Proposes Sweeping Charter School Reforms

Harrisburg – Oct. 6, 2016 – A new, sweeping charter school reform proposal intended to address transparency, fiscal solvency and accountability issues was detailed today by state Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland). “Charter schools must be accountable to the taxpayer,” Brewster…
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Brewster Senior Wellness and Safety Expo Scheduled for Sept. 29

Harrisburg, Sept. 23, 2016 − State Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland) will host his Senior Wellness and Safety Expo on Thursday, Sept. 29 at the Palisades in McKeesport. The program will run from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.  The McKeesport Palisades is…
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Joint Legislative Hearing in Pittsburgh Focuses on Eradicating Blight

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…
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Brewster Resolution Calls on Federal Officials to Protect Steel Industry, Jobs

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.…
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Brewster: State Grant Funds Approved for Keystone Commons

  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…
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Brewster: McKeesport Lawyer, Deputy D.A. Confirmed as Allegheny County Judge

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.…
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Brewster: Inaugural “Going for the Goal Sprint Triathlon” Set for Sunday

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…
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Brewster: Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program Application Deadline Extended

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…
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State Senate Hearing in Erie Focuses on Gas Drilling in the Lake Erie Watershed

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…
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Safe Streets Law Enforcement Grant Program Detailed

Harrisburg - April 21, 2016 - Senate Democrats representing large and small cities across Pennsylvania stepped forward today to propose an aggressive crime prevention plan that would provide $3.2 million in grants for local police departments. The Safe Streets Law…
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Brewster to Host Senior Wellness and Safety Expo in Lower Burrell

Harrisburg - April 1, 2016 - State Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland) is sponsoring a senior wellness and safety expo on April 7 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the V.F.W. Post 92 Wildlife Lodge Banquet Hall in Lower Burrell.…
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Brewster: Gov. Announces Budget Decision, Funds to be Released for Schools

Harrisburg, Mar. 23, 2016 − State Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland) issued the following statement regarding the announcement today that Gov. Tom Wolf will allow a supplemental appropriations bill (House Bill 1801) that would fund schools, agriculture and other budget lines…
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Brewster Announces PHEAA Financial Aid Seminars

Harrisburg - Feb. 11, 2016 - State Sen. Jim Brewster today reminded all area students and parents of the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) Financial Aid Seminars scheduled at several locations in his district.
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Gov. Wolf’s Proposed State Budget for 2016-17 Includes Shale Extraction Tax, Brewster Says

Harrisburg - Feb. 10, 2016 - Gov. Tom Wolf's $32.7 billion budget proposal, which is focused on investing in education and dealing with an estimated $2 billion structural deficit, includes a proposal to institute a Marcellus Shale extraction tax, state…
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Allegheny and Westmoreland County Grant Projects Approved, Brewster Says

Harrisburg - Jan. 29, 2016 - Four grants for projects designed to improve recreational opportunities in the Allegheny and Westmoreland County portions of state Sen. Jim Brewster's (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland) district were awarded by the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources…
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McKeesport Alum, Brewster Staffer Appointed Cal Trustee

Harrisburg - Dec. 15, 2015 - Sarah Cassin, a McKeesport and California University of Pennsylvania alum, who serves as legislative director to state Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland) has been approved as the newest member of the Council of Trustees of…
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Brewster: Court Ruling Validates Charter Funding Concerns Raised by Democrats

Harrisburg - Dec. 11, 2015 - Commonwealth Court's ruling that the Department of Education cannot shift tax relief money to pay charter schools validates objections raised by Mon Valley lawmakers that were reinforced by Senate Democrats' efforts to stop payments,…
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Brewster: Budget Makes Key Investments in Education, Human Services, Jobs

Harrisburg - Dec. 7, 2015 - State Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland) released the following statement after a $ 30.5 billion bipartisan state budget proposal cleared the Senate on a 43-7 vote today. The spending plan includes a $ 460 million…
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Brewster’s Plan to Speed Demolition or Rehabilitation of Blighted Property Clears Senate

Harrisburg - Dec. 1, 2015 - State Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland) said that he is pleased that his bill allowing counties the option of establishing a new demolition and rehabilitation fund was unanimously approved by the Senate last week. "Creating…
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Brewster, HSCC and YWCA to Spur Sign Ups for Heating Assistance

Harrisburg - Nov. 6, 2015 - State Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland) is teaming up with the Human Services Center Corporation (HSCC) and the YWCA of Greater Pittsburgh to spur participation in a valuable program that helps individuals and families lower…
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Brewster: Fire Chief Roundtable Discussion Slated for Nov. 5 at McKeesport High School

Harrisburg, Nov. 5, 2015 - A roundtable discussion with local fire chiefs and state officials will be held this evening, Thursday, Nov. 5 at McKeesport High School cafeteria beginning at 7 p.m. "State Fire Commissioner Tim Solobay will help lead…
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Senate Hearing Focuses on Budget Impasse’s Impact on Schools

Harrisburg – October 28, 2015 – At the request of state Sen. Vince Hughes (D-Phila.), the Senate Democratic Policy Committee today held a hearing on the devastating impact that the state’s 120-day budget impasse is having on schools across the…
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Brewster: College Financial Aid Seminar at Penn State New Kensington on Nov. 2

Harrisburg - Oct. 27, 2015 - State Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland), in concert with representatives of the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) will host a financial aid seminar for prospective college students, parents and others who want to learn…
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Senate Democrats Ask Treasurer to Withhold Payment to Charters

Harrisburg – Oct, 20, 2015 – State Senate Democrats today called on the Pennsylvania state treasurer to “stop payment” on a scheduled disbursement of property tax revenue headed to charter schools. They have sent a letter to state Treasurer Tim…
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Mon Valley Lawmakers Seek Suspension of Payments to Charters

Harrisburg - Oct. 16, 2015 - Mon Valley lawmakers are demanding that the PA Department of Education halt the scheduled payment of state funds to charter schools and cyber-charters until state funds are first paid to public schools or a…
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Brewster: Right-to-Know to Seek Information on New Charter School

Harrisburg - Sept. 28, 2015 - Believing that taxpayers should know how their tax dollars support the operations of the Young Scholars of McKeesport Charter School, state Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland) said he will soon file a formal request seeking…
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Republican Stopgap Budget a Non-Starter, Brewster says

Harrisburg - Sept. 18, 2015 - State Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland) said today that the Senate Republican stopgap budget plan is a non-starter because it represents one-third of an already-vetoed budget and it does not include property tax relief or…
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Brewster to Budget Negotiators: Make Education Funding via Shale Tax a Budget Priority

Harrisburg - Sept. 2, 2015 - State Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland), who has authored a plan to tie a shale extraction tax to education, said today that budget negotiators must focus their efforts on a responsible shale tax to restore…
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Sen. Brewster to Help Seniors Get Bus Passes in Baldwin

McKeesport – July 29, 2015 – On the heels of the announcement that Port Authority Transit bus routes are being added for Baldwin Borough, state Sen. Jim Brewster today announced that he will hold special satellite office hours at the…
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Brewster: ‘Extraction for Education’ Plan Would Help Move Budget Talks

Shale tax devoted to education; retains local government share Harrisburg – July 21, 2015 – As Pennsylvania continues operating without a General Fund spending plan, state Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland) said today that his “Extraction for Education” proposal could help…
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Brewster Announces Satellite District Office Locations, Dates and Times

Harrisburg,  July 2, 2015 – State Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland) said today that he will again have satellite office hours at various locations throughout the region. "We have had great success with our satellite offices in various part of the district…
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Brewster: Better Alternatives to Republican Budget, Votes “No”

Harrisburg - June 30, 2015 - Following the passage of the $30.2 billion Republican budget bill (House Bill 1192) today, state Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland) issued the following reaction: "The Republican budget bill that passed the Senate today is fiscally…
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Brewster Appointed to Seat on Senate Appropriations Committee

Harrisburg - June 29, 2015 - State Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland) has been appointed to serve on the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee. "I am very pleased that the Senate Democratic leader recommended me for appointment to this important committee at…
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State Police Job Application Deadline is Tuesday

Harrisburg, June 26, 2015 – State Sen. Jim Brewster today said people have until June 30 (Tuesday) to apply for a job with the Pennsylvania State Police. “I urge men and women interested in a law enforcement career to look…
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Brewster Supports Senate Democratic Property Tax Relief Plan

Harrisburg, June 24, 2015 - State Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/ Westmoreland) today threw his support behind a new Senate Democratic property tax relief plan that would eliminate school property taxes for 2 million homeowners, reduce property taxes by $ 1,990…
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Property Tax and Rent Rebate Filing Deadline Extended to Dec. 31, Brewster Says

Harrisburg – June 16, 2015 – The deadline for filing for a property tax or rent rebate has been extended to Dec. 31, 2015, according to state Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland). "This is an important program that helps seniors and…
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Democrats Press for Shale Tax to Fund $ 1 Billion Education Investment

Harrisburg – June 2, 2015 – Legislative Democrats gathered in the state Capitol for a news conference today to highlight the broad and deep support in the General Assembly for legislation that would create a new $1 billion natural gas…
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Multiple Local Bridges Selected for Rapid Replacement, Brewster says

Harrisburg - May 15, 2015 - Seventeen bridges in state Sen. Jim Brewster's Senate district have been selected for PennDOT's Rapid Bridge Replacement Project, the senator said today. "As a strong supporter of the transportation financing plan, I think it…
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Brewster to Host Senior Wellness and Safety Expo in West Leechburg

Harrisburg - May 11, 2015 - State Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland) is sponsoring a senior wellness and safety expo on May 14 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the West Leechburg Fire Hall. The West Leechburg Fire Hall is…
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Brewster Strongly Supports MASD’s Appeal of Charter Ruling

Harrisburg - May 4, 2015 - While Young Scholars of McKeesport won its appeal to establish a new charter school in McKeesport, the fight "isn't over by a long shot," state Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland) said today. "I am pleased…
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Brewster Satellite Office Schedule Announced

Harrisburg – April 8, 2015 – Bringing services that are available in his district offices directly to communities throughout Allegheny and Westmoreland counties, state Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland) said today that he will again have satellite office hours at various…
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Brewster Calls Attention to Extension of Deadline for Home Heating Help

Harrisburg - April 2, 2015 - The deadline to apply for help through the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program has been extended to May 1, according to state Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland.) "The home heating program is valuable and useful…
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Consider Flood Insurance, Prepare for Spring Rains Now, Brewster says

Harrisburg - March 20, 2015 - Spring rains often cause flooding that results in devastation, distress and dismay for homeowners, so now is the time to take action, state Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland) said today. "National Flood Awareness Week helps…
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Brewster Announces Two Free Local Identity Theft Seminars

McKeesport, March 3, 2015 – State Sen. Jim Brewster today announced that he is co-hosting two local Senior Identity Theft Seminars. “All of us have heard stories about how people can get their identity stolen and become victimized in so…
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Brewster: Tax Relief, Education Funding, Jobs Creation Focus of Budget Plan

Harrisburg – March 3, 2015 – Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland) said that Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget that is focused on tax relief, education funding and job creation would help rebuild the middle class and address key issues that have plagued…
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Brewster Introduces Senate Democratic Liquor Modernization Plan

Harrisburg – Feb. 27, 2014 – Senate Democrats outlined their liquor modernization plan today, a day after the House of Representatives passed an ill-conceived privatization plan. “No banker would back it and no business would implement it,” Sen. Jim Brewster…
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Brewster: Help with Property Tax/Rent Rebate Applications Available

Harrisburg - Feb. 19, 2015 - State Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny) said today that seniors can get assistance completing Property Tax and Rent Rebate forms at any of his three local offices. "My staff is ready to help seniors file…
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Brewster Applauds Gov. Wolf’s Plan to Tie Severance Tax to Education Investments

Harrisburg – Feb. 11, 2014 – Gov. Tom Wolf’s plan to use the proceeds from a new 5 percent gas severance tax to fund education is being applauded by state Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland). “Using shale tax revenues to rebuild…
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Brewster Comments on the Death of former U.S. Rep. Joseph Gaydos

Harrisburg – Feb. 10, 2015 – State Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland) offered the following comments on the recent death of former U.S. Rep. Joseph M. Gaydos Sr.  Gaydos served briefly in the state Senate, but he was better known for…
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Brewster Opens Local Satellite Offices

Harrisburg, February 5, 2015 - Calling it a way to reach and assist more constituents, Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland) today announced that he will be staffing four satellite district offices over the next three months. "These additional area locations will…
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Brewster Re-appointed Port Authority Board Secretary

Harrisburg - February 2, 2015 – State Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland) will serve another year as secretary of the board of the Port Authority of Allegheny County. “There are many challenges that we face in public transportation and many hurdles…
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Brewster to Serve as Democratic Chair of Two Senate Committees

Harrisburg - Jan. 15, 2015 - State Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland) has been selected to serve as Democratic chair of two standing committees of the Pennsylvania Senate for the 2015-16 session. "I am honored to be chosen to lead Democrats…
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Brewster: New Hunting Heritage Plate Available in Feb.

Harrisburg - Jan. 13, 2015 - Hunters and outdoor-sports enthusiasts will soon be able to obtain a license plate for their vehicles honoring Pennsylvania's hunting heritage, state Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland) said today. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) will…
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Tax Advantages, Savings Boost for 529 Contributions, Brewster Says

Harrisburg – Dec. 17, 2014 – To better manage the cost of higher education and cut tax liability this year, state Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland) today reminded students and parents that contributions to an approved college savings plan by Dec.…
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Brewster Details “Extraction for Education” Plan

Harrisburg - Dec. 16, 2014 - State Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland) will soon introduce a plan that would earmark revenue from a new shale gas extraction tax for public schools while retaining current well impact fees that support local government…
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Sen. Brewster: “Catch the Value” with Holiday Savings on 2015 Fishing Licenses

McKeesport - Dec. 9, 2014- State Sen. James Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland) said today that the holiday season will come early for many anglers this year as a result of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission's "Catch the Value" discounted license promotion.
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Brewster Announces $ 95,000 Grant for City of Arnold

McKeesport, December 5, 2014 – Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland) today announced a $ 95,000 state grant for the City of Arnold to implement a five year financial management plan and operation strategy. “These funds will help officials from Arnold establish…
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Brewster Outreach in Vandergrift and Allegheny Township

Harrisburg - Dec. 3, 2014 - State Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland) today reminded Allegheny Valley residents that they are welcome to visit the Vandergrift Municipal Building and the Allegheny Township Municipal Building, in addition to his New Kensington office, to…
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Brewster: Recycling Grant Awarded to New Kensington

Harrisburg – Nov. 7, 2014 – A $6,944 state recycling performance grant has been awarded to New Kensington, state Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland) said. “Recycling performance grants were developed as incentives for communities to increase the amount of material recovered…
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Brewster’s District Offices to Serve as “Toys for Tots” Donation Sites

Harrisburg – Nov. 6, 2014 – State Sen. Jim Brewster’s district offices in Monroeville, McKeesport and New Kensington will serve as donation/drop off sites for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program. “Toys for Tots is a wonderful program…
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Home Heating Aid Can Help Families Manage Energy Costs, Brewster Says

Harrisburg – Nov. 3, 2014 – Help with home heating costs is available to eligible families through the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), state Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland) reminded area residents. “Families can use LIHEAP funding to offset heating…
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Brewster, Human Services Center Corp. bring state services to Turtle Creek Area

Harrisburg – Oct. 31, 2014 -- State Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland) will begin having permanent satellite office hours the first Wednesday of every month beginning Nov. 5th from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Human Services Center Corporation’s building…
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Brewster: Affordable Care Act Information Session Scheduled for Nov. 5

Harrisburg – Oct. 29, 2014 – State Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland), in conjunction with the Consumer Health Care Coalition, will be holding an information session at Penn-State Greater Allegheny on Nov. 5 to assist families in obtaining health care insurance…
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Brewster Announces PHEAA Financial Aid Seminars in November

Harrisburg – Oct. 27, 2014 – State Sen. Jim Brewster announced two upcoming financial aid seminars available to students seeking post secondary education. “Students who are considering going to college should try to attend one of the financial aid seminars…
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Two Grants Approved for Park Rehabilitation Projects, Brewster Says

Harrisburg – Oct. 21, 2014 – Grants totaling $350,000 for two recreation projects in state Sen. Jim Brewster’s district were approved today by the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA). A grant of $250,000 was approved for the City of New Kensington…
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Brewster, Coalition to Host Affordable Care Act Info Session

MONROEVILLE – Oct. 21, 2014 – To help families obtain health care insurance through the federal Affordable Care Act, state Sen. Jim Brewster and the Consumer Health Care Coalition will hold an information session for the public at 5 p.m.,…
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Bridge Ramp in McKeesport Dedicated to Officer Frank Miller Jr.

McKeesport, Oct 20, 2014 - State Sen. Jim Brewster hosted today's "Officer Frank Miller Jr. Memorial Ramp" dedication ceremony in McKeesport. "The naming of this roadway will serve as a reminder of Officer Miller's sacrifice," Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland) said. "Frank Miller…
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Brewster Reminds Students of PHEAA Financial Aid Seminar at PSU Greater Allegheny

Harrisburg – Oct. 17, 2014 – State Sen. Jim Brewster today reminded all area students and parents of the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) Financial Aid Seminar that is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 25, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30…
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Officer Frank Miller Jr. Ramp Dedication Slated for Oct. 20

Harrisburg – Oct. 17, 2014 – The ceremony to dedicate the ramp off of the McKeesport-Duquesne Bridge for Officer Frank Miller Jr. is slated for 4 p.m., Monday, Oct. 20.
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Brewster Pleased by the Senate’s Passage of Domestic Violence Legislation

Harrisburg – Oct. 16, 2014 – State Sen. Jim Brewster said today he is very pleased the Senate adopted legislation that would provide additional protection for victims of domestic violence. The bill passed the Senate 48-0. Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland) said that…
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Brewster Announces Free Senior Expo in McKeesport

McKeesport – Sept. 30, 2014 – A senior expo featuring free health screenings, services and the distribution of health-related materials is set for Friday, October 3rd from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the McKeesport Palisades 100 Fifth Avenue in…
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Lawmakers Learn About Housing Needs of Vets at McKeesport Roundtable

McKeesport – September 5, 2014 - Lawmakers who participated in Friday afternoon’s roundtable discussion at the James R. Brewster Community Center in McKeesport learned first-hand about the needs of veterans and the obstacles they face when they try to find adequate…
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Brewster: Consider Opening PA529 College Savings Plan to Aid Students

Harrisburg, August 29, 2014 – State Sen. Jim Brewster today said that opening a PA529 College Savings Plan can help students offset the rising cost of college debt. The program is offered through the state Treasury. “It is important that…
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Brewster: McKeesport Symphony to Receive Arts Grant

McKeesport – August 21, 2015 – The McKeesport Symphony Orchestra has been awarded a $2,103 grant by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, state Sen. Jim Brewster said today. “The McKeesport Symphony Orchestra has been a key part of the…
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Hunting Heritage License Plate Legislation Approved

Harrisburg – July 1, 2014 – A proposal authored by state Sen. Jim Brewster that calls for the development of a Pennsylvania Hunting Heritage license plate has been unanimously adopted by the Senate, Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland) said.
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Brewster Announces that Independence Day is a “Fish-for-Free Day”

Harrisburg, June 30, 2014 – State Sen. Jim Brewster today announced that people can fish for free in Pennsylvania this Friday, July 4. “This fish-for-free program is a great opportunity to try the sport while visiting the beautiful lakes and…
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Brewster: Budget Tricks Not Sustainable

Harrisburg – June 30, 2014 – State Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland) issued the following statement following the Senate’s passage of House Bill 2328, the state General Fund budget. Sen. Brewster’s comments are as follows: “For yet another year, Governor Tom…
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Brewster’s Redevelopment Legislation Approved by Senate Committee

Harrisburg – June 27, 2014 – Legislation that allows counties to establish a fund to clear dilapidated buildings and prepare sites for redevelopment was approved by the Senate Urban Affairs and Housing Committee today, according to the bill’s sponsor state…
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Brewster: Officer Frank Miller Jr. Legislation Signed into Law

Harrisburg – June 20, 2014 – State Sen. Jim Brewster’s proposal (Senate Bill 1225) to name the exit from the McKeesport-Duquesne Bridge to State Route 148 as the “Officer Frank Miller Jr. Memorial Ramp” is now Act 68, following its…
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Brewster Details Redistricting Reform Plan

Harrisburg – June 19, 2014 – Pledging to squeeze politics out of the reapportionment process, state Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny and Westmoreland counties) unveiled legislation that would reform how state legislative districts are drawn. “Given my recent experience with the…
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Brewster Praises Veterans Housing Preference Legislation: Plan Unanimously Approved by Senate Committee

Harrisburg – June 18, 2014 – Legislation designed to bolster the ability of veterans to access public housing has cleared the Senate Urban Affairs and Housing Committee, state Sen. Jim Brewster (D-McKeesport) said today. “Giving veterans preference during the housing…
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‘Officer Miller’ Ramp Designation Legislation Passes House, Goes to Gov

Harrisburg – June 11, 2014 – State Sen. Jim Brewster’s legislation naming the ramp off of the McKeesport-Duquesne Bridge to State Route 148 for Officer Frank Miller Jr. has been unanimously approved by the House of Representatives and now heads…
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Pennsylvania Hunting Licenses On Sale Now

Harrisburg, June 10, 2014 – State Sen. Jim Brewster announced today that hunting and fur-taker licenses for Pennsylvania’s 2014-15 seasons are on sale now. Licenses can be purchased through the Pennsylvania Automated License System website, as well as at Game Commission regional…
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Property Tax/Rent Rebate Application Deadline Extended

Harrisburg, June 10, 2014 – State Sen. Jim Brewster announced today that the deadline for older Pennsylvanians and residents with disabilities to apply for Pennsylvania’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program has been extended from June 30to December 31. “This deadline extension is…
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Brewster Endorses Nutrition Program Benefiting Seniors

Harrisburg, June 4, 2014 – State Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland) is encouraging seniors to take advantage of a program that provides free vouchers to purchase fresh produce grown in Pennsylvania. “This is an excellent program for both seniors and Pennsylvania…
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Pennsylvania Report June 2014 :: Innovations in Education

 
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Brewster Announces Grant to Fund Flood Repairs for Yough River Tributary

McKeesport – May 23, 2014 – State Sen. Jim Brewster today announced a $65,000 state grant for Elizabeth Township to repair flood damage along a tributary of the Youghiogheny River. “It is important that the state use its financial resources…
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Upgrades to McKeesport, Elizabeth Borough Intersections Funded, Brewster Says

McKeesport – May 19, 2014 – McKeesport will receive $279,000 and Elizabeth Borough $120,800 for intersection and traffic signal improvements via PennDOT’s Automated Red Light Enforcement grant program, Sen. Jim Brewster said today. The intersections slated for improvement include traffic…
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Brewster’s Student Government Day Scheduled for Friday at Penn State Greater Allegheny

McKeesport – May 8, 2014 – State Sen. Jim Brewster (D-McKeesport) will be hosting Student Government Day on Friday, May 9 at Penn State Greater Allegheny. This is the fourth time that Brewster has hosted the event for high school…
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Arnold to Receive Grant Funds to Support Recycling, Brewster Says

Harrisburg – May 7, 2014 – A $171,783 grant to aid the recycling program in The City of Arnold in Westmoreland County was approved by the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), according to state Sen. James Brewster (D-McKeesport) “The…
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Brewster’s Legislation Honoring Slain Police Officer Clears Senate

Harrisburg – May 6, 2014 – Legislation sponsored by Sen. Jim Brewster (D-McKeesport) that honors fallen McKeesport police officer Frank Miller passed the Senate unanimously and is headed for the state House of Representatives for consideration.
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Brewster: Recycling Grants for Plum, White Oak, and Twin Rivers COG

Harrisburg – May 6, 2014 – State Sen. Jim Brewster (D-McKeesport) said today that he was pleased that Plum, White Oak and Twin Rivers Council of Governments (COG) were set to receive performance grants for recycling since the funding will…
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Brewster: Clean Diesel Grants Accepted Through June 10

Harrisburg – April 30, 2014 – School Districts, local governments, state agencies, corporations or businesses that operate diesel fleets have until June 10 to apply for 2014 Pennsylvania State Clean Diesel Grants, state Sen. Jim Brewster (D-McKeesport) said today. “The…
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Brewster: PHEAA Grant Application Deadline Looms

Harrisburg – April 23, 2014 – The Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) 2014-15 State Grant application deadline is May 1, state Sen. Jim Brewster (D-McKeesport) reminded constituents today. “The application deadline applies to all first-time and renewal applicants so…
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Brewster Bill Honoring Fallen McKeesport Police Officer Approved by Committee

HARRISBURG, April 1, 2014 – Sen. Jim Brewster’s (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland) legislation that would honor the memory of McKeesport Police Officer Frank Miller, Jr. was reported from the Senate Transportation Committee today with a unanimous vote. Miller, 25, was killed in a…
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Brewster’s Work on Behalf of Children and Families Recognized by Auberle

McKeesport – April 1, 2014 – State Sen. Jim Brewster said today that he was “honored” to be recognized by Auberle for his work benefitting children and families in the Mon Valley. Officials at Auberle recognized Brewster as a Community…
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Brewster: Senior Expo to be Held Thursday in New Kensington

McKeesport – March 25, 2014 – State Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland) today reminded area residents that he is holding a senior expo in New Kensington this Thursday, March 27 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Sons of Italy club.…
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Brewster’s Proposed Hunting Heritage License Plate Clears Senate

Harrisburg – March 19, 2014 – State Sen. Jim Brewster’s proposal that would create a hunting heritage license plate was amended into legislation that cleared the Senate unanimously and is now under consideration in the House of Representatives. “I am…
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Brewster Applauds Grant Funding for Recycling and Pollution Control Programs

McKeesport – March 13, 2014 – Three separate grants to bolster recycling and pollution control have been awarded to Alcoa Technical Center, Westmoreland County and Allegheny County, state Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland) said today. “Allegheny and Westmoreland counties have been…
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Brewster: New Transportation Funding Leads to PAT Service Improvements

McKeesport – March 6, 2014 – State Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny) said today that new revenue generated by the recently adopted transportation funding law has resulted in Port Authority (PAT) service changes, and additional improvements will be phased-in later this…
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Brewster Says Free Tax Filing Available from IRS Website

McKeesport – March 5, 2014 – State Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny) said today that taxpayers may be eligible for help filling out their tax forms through an IRS website and can e-file their taxes for free from the site. “The IRS…
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Brewster: Property Tax/Rent Rebate Application Assistance Available For Free at Local Offices

Harrisburg – Feb. 26, 2014 – State Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny) said today that help completing Property Tax and Rent Rebate forms is available in any of his three local district offices. “My staff is trained and prepared to help…
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Senator Brewster Remarks on Gov. Corbett’s Budget Address

 
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Brewster: Gov’s Budget Falls Short

Harrisburg – February 4, 2014 – State Sen. Jim Brewster said today that Gov. Tom Corbett’s proposed $29.4 billion budget for Fiscal Year 2014-15 falls short of the mark on education, jobs, human services funding and health care. “I am…
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Brewster Re-appointed Secretary of Port Authority Board

Harrisburg – January 31, 2014 – State Sen. Jim Brewster has been re-appointed secretary of the board of the Port Authority of Allegheny County. “As a member of the Senate Transportation Committee and former mayor of an economically struggling city…
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Brewster: PA Voter ID Law Struck Down in Court

HARRISBURG, Jan. 17, 2014 – Today state Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland) said a judge ruled that Pennsylvania’s voters will not be required to show photo ID at the polls. “This is good news,” Brewster said. “The voter ID law was…
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Brewster Calls for Expansion of CRIZ Program

HARRISBURG, Jan. 15, 2014 – State Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland) said he supports legislation proposed today that would expand the City Revitalization Improvement Zone (CRIZ) program and help cities across Pennsylvania create economic growth. “This is an excellent opportunity to…
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Burrell High School Teacher Receives National Educator Award

Harrisburg, Jan. 14, 2014 – This morning state Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland) said an outstanding Westmoreland County teacher was named the winner of Pennsylvania’s 2013 Milken Educator Award. Along with the incredible honor, the award comes with a $25,000 cash…
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Brewster: Allegheny to Receive Recycling Grant

Harrisburg, Dec. 13, 2013 – State Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland) said the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection awarded a grant to Allegheny County through the County Recycling Coordinator Grant Program. “Recycling promotes better practices for the environment as well as…
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Contribute to 529 College Savings Plan Before Dec. 31 for State Tax Benefits

Harrisburg, Dec. 13, 2013 – State Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland) urged Pennsylvanians to open or contribute to a 529 College Savings Program account on the behalf of a child in their lives.  He said contributions made by Dec. 31 will…
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Brewster: State Grants Awarded for Projects in Allegheny, Westmoreland

Harrisburg, Nov. 26, 2013 – State Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland) said state funding totaling more than $450,000 will go toward four projects in Allegheny and Westmoreland Counties. Funding was awarded by the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA), an independent agency of…
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Brewster Plans to Introduce Package of Education Reform Legislation

Harrisburg, Nov. 26, 2013 –State Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland) announced today that he will introduce a package of legislation that he said will address education accountability issues involving charter schools, cyber charter schools, teacher certification and the need for high-quality…
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Brewster Votes in Favor of Transportation Funding Bill

HARRISBURG, Nov. 21, 2013 – State Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland) voted in support of the comprehensive transportation funding plan because it will help Pennsylvania address many of its transportation issues. The Senate voted to pass the bill by a vote…
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Brewster: Senate Democratic Legislation Would Protect, Support Veterans

Harrisburg, Nov. 19, 2013 – Today Senate Democrats unveiled a comprehensive package of legislation that would help veterans better adjust to life after military service. State Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland) said the bills address a number of issues that veterans…
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Brewster: LIHEAP Application Period Begins Nov. 4

Harrisburg, Oct. 31, 2013 – Residents needing help paying for costly heating bills can soon apply for the Low-Income Home Heating Assistance Program (LIHEAP), said state Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland). “It’s crucial that all families are able to heat their…
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Workforce Development Experts, Community College Officials Share Thoughts, Ideas on Ways PA Can Deliver Qualified Workers to Industry

PITTSBURGH, Oct. 30, 2013 – Workforce development leaders and strategists from community colleges worked with the state Senate Democratic Policy Committee today to devise a better strategy for delivering trained employees to Pennsylvania’s energy, manufacturing and other industry sectors. The policy…
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Brewster: Plum Borough Named Sixth Safest City in U.S.

Harrisburg, Oct. 23, 2013 – State Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland) presented a Senate citation to Mayor Richard Hrivnak of Plum Borough to honor the area’s designation as the sixth safest city to live in the nation. “According to the geographic…
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Water Line Renovations Set for New Kensington

Harrisburg, Oct. 23, 2013 – Today the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority authorized the City of New Kensington to make updates to the water lines to ensure public health and safety, said state Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland). “PENNVEST provides municipalities with…
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Brewster Backs Senate Plans to Freeze Taxes for Seniors

McKeesport – October 10, 2013 – State Sen. Jim Brewster said today that he was pleased to support plans introduced in the Senate that would freeze property taxes for seniors. Brewster (D-Allegheny) said that he has co-sponsored Senate Majority Leader…
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Brewster: Free Flu Shot Clinics Available in Allegheny County

Harrisburg, Oct. 1, 2013 – Residents of Braddock, Clairton, Duquesne and McKeesport can receive flu vaccines free of charge at a variety of times and locations throughout the next three months, said state Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland). “Getting a flu…
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Brewster Accepts Leadership Role on Allegheny County Port Authority Board of Directors

Harrisburg, Sept. 27, 2013 – State Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland) was elected as Secretary of the Board of Directors for the Port Authority of Allegheny County. “I’m grateful for the opportunity to take on a leadership role within the board,”…
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Brewster to Participate in Battle Against Hunger

Harrisburg, Sept. 26, 2013 – More than 50 members of the Pennsylvania General Assembly, including state Senator Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland), will battle each other in a fight against hunger. To close out Hunger Action Month, Brewster will play in the…
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Brewster to Host Senior Wellness and Safety Expo

Harrisburg, Sept. 26, 2013 – State Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland) encouraged seniors to take advantage of a variety of free health screenings and services available at the Wellness and Safety Expo in McKeesport on Oct. 4. “The expo is a…
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Brewster: Recycling Grant Awarded to Two Communities

Harrisburg, Sept. 19, 2013 – Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland) today announced that the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection awarded a recycling performance grant to White Oak Borough and the City of New Kensington. “The grants will provide these communities with…
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Brewster Encourages Small Business Owners to Apply for DEP Grant

Harrisburg, Sept. 12, 2013 – Pennsylvania small business owners still have a chance to apply for the Department of Environmental Protection’s Small Business Advantage Grant, said state Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland). The deadline to apply for the grant has been…
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Brewster: Financial Aid Seminars Available to Students Seeking Higher Education

Harrisburg, Sept. 5, 2013 – State Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland) announced three upcoming financial aid seminars available to students seeking post secondary education. “Post secondary education is an important step for students to reach certain career goals, but far too…
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Brewster Not Surprised by PennDOT’s Weight Restrictions, Calls on Legislature to Pass Transportation Bill

Harrisburg, August 27, 2013 – State Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland) said he is not surprised by PennDOT Secretary Barry Schoch’s decision last week to weight restrict about 1,000 bridges in Pennsylvania. “This is about public safety,” Brewster said.  “The legislature…
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Senate Urban Affairs and Housing Committee Chairmen Team Up on School Tax Reform

Harrisburg, Aug. 20, 2013 – The chairmen of the Senate Urban Affairs & Housing Committee are working to build bipartisan support for a bill that would eliminate school property taxes. Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill) and Senator Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny)…
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Brewster Appointed to Allegheny County Port Authority Board of Directors

Harrisburg, Aug. 14, 2013 – State Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland) was appointed for a four-year term to the Board of Directors of the Port Authority of Allegheny County as a representative from the Senate Democratic Caucus. “I’m honored that Sen.…
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Vaccine Clinic Available to Uninsured in Westmoreland County

Harrisburg, August 9, 2013 – State Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland) announced the start of a public immunization clinic in Westmoreland County. The program begins on Tuesday, Aug. 13. The Pennsylvania Department of Health will host the monthly clinics to vaccinate…
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Brewster: New Kensington To Receive Beneficial Recycling Grant

Harrisburg, August 7, 2013 – The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection recently awarded a Recycling Performance Grant to New Kensington in Westmoreland County, said state Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland). “This not only promotes better practices for the environment,” Brewster said.…
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Brewster: Allegheny County School Districts To Receive Pre-K Funding

Harrisburg, August 7, 2013 – State Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland) said he is pleased that Allegheny County school districts will receive millions of dollars worth of grants that benefit pre-kindergarten children. “Pre-K Counts helps provide half-day and full day pre-kindergarten…
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Brewster Says Recycling Grant Will Benefit North Versailles

Harrisburg, August 2, 2013 – State Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland) announced that the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection recently awarded a Recycling Performance Grant to North Versailles Township. The grant will provide the community with the incentive to recover more…
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Brewster: McKeesport Awarded Federal Grant That Will Improve Public Housing

Harrisburg, August 1, 2013 – State Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland) announced McKeesport will receive $250,000 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to make safety and security improvements at its public housing properties. “I’m very pleased that…
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Brewster Continues to Fight for Adequate Transportation Funding

Harrisburg, July 31, 2013 – Today state Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland) and other members of the Senate Transportation Committee criticized the House of Representatives for its failure to pass a comprehensive transportation funding bill. In June, the Senate passed a…
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Brewster Releases Statement on Death of former Governor

Harrisburg, July 30, 2013 – State Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland) issued the following statement about the recent death of former Gov. William Scranton Jr.: “William Scranton was an honorable and dedicated Governor, and Pennsylvania is stronger because of his work…
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Brewster Urges Congress to Support Community Development Grant

Harrisburg, July 19, 2013 – State Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland) today urged Congress to support a program that provides federal funds to municipalities for housing development projects, businesses expansion and infrastructure improvements. “Funding from the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)…
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Brewster: New Public Housing Sites Approved in Allegheny County

Harrisburg, July 16, 2013 – State Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland) announced the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency’s (PHFA) approval of two new affordable housing project sites in Allegheny County. “Access to affordable, safe housing is essential to the success of a…
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Brewster: New Recycling Grant to Benefit Monroeville

Harrisburg, July 3, 2013 – The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection recently awarded a Recycling Performance Grant to Monroeville in Allegheny County, announced state Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland). The Recycling Performance Grant Program provides communities with incentives to recover more…
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Brewster Announces Grant Opportunity for Bicyclist and Pedestrian Advocacy

Harrisburg, July 3, 2013 – State Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland) announced the Heinz Endowments Summer 2013 Youth Philanthropy Interns will accept applications for a new grant to promote safe walking and biking practices. In conjunction with Sustainable Pittsburgh and the…
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Brewster Votes No On Misguided State Budget

Harrisburg, July 1, 2013 – State Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland) today said he was disappointed in the passage of the 2013-14 state budget because it did not adequately fund education, job creation or other critical needs of Pennsylvania. “This spending…
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Brewster Announces Nutritional Program that Benefits Seniors

Harrisburg, June 18, 2013 – State Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland) encouraged seniors to take advantage of a program that provides free vouchers to purchase fresh produce grown in Pennsylvania. The 2013 Senior Farmers’ Market Nutritional Program provides eligible individuals four…
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Brewster’s Legislation Honoring Hunters with License Plate Clears Committee

Harrisburg, June 12, 2013 – Hunters may have a new way to show their support for the sport that is a part of many Pennsylvanians’ heritage courtesy of legislation introduced by state Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland). Brewster’s measure that would…
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Property Tax/Rent Rebate Application Deadline Extended

Harrisburg, June 10, 2013 – State Sen. James Brewster announced today that the deadline for older Pennsylvanians and residents with disabilities to apply for Pennsylvania’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program has been extended from June 30 to Dec. 31. “This deadline…
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Brewster Recognizes Local Medical Services Providers for Their Flu Prevention Efforts

McKeesport, June 10, 2013 – State Senator Jim Brewster recognized 13 local emergency service providers as well as other key groups of the Mon River Fleet for their efforts to combat influenza by administering 6,000 vaccines from mid-September through January…
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Sen. Brewster to Appear on Sunday Business Page

State Senator Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland) will be the guest news maker on local Pittsburgh CBS affiliate KDKA’s Sunday Business Page Show on Sunday, June 9 from 6:30 a.m. to 7 a.m. The show is hosted by Jon Delano. Brewster will…
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Brewster Releases Statement on Senate Passage of Transportation Funding Legislation

Harrisburg, June 5, 2013 – Following overwhelming Senate support of the $2.5 billion transportation funding, state Sen. James Brewster today released the following statement regarding Senate Bill 1: “This measure is a positive first step toward improving Pennsylvania’s ailing transportation system.…
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Brewster Joins Protest of $ 300 Million Education Common Core Mandate

Harrisburg, May 14, 2013 – State Sen. James Brewster joined with his Senate Democratic colleagues at a news conference this week to decry a new unfunded education mandate that could saddle cash-strapped school districts with a $ 300 million expense…
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Brewster Pleased With Retention of Allegheny/Westmoreland County Based Senate Seat

McKeesport, May 13, 2013 – Following last week’s PA Supreme Court Decision to uphold the legislative redistricting plan, state Sen. James Brewster today said that he is pleased that the 45th District Senate seat will remain in Western Pennsylvania. “I…
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Brewster Participates in Senate Committee Hearing on Voting Reforms

Pittsburgh, May 9, 2013 – State Sen. James Brewster today joined members of the state Senate Democratic Policy Committee at a hearing in Pittsburgh to discuss ways to increase voter participation in Pennsylvania elections. “Voting is a constitutional right that…
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Brewster Honors Clairton Bears High School Football Team and Coach

Harrisburg, May 7, 2013 – State Sen. James Brewster today honored the Clairton Bears High School football team and their coach Tom Nola for winning four consecutive state football titles. The team was represented by players Terrish Webb and Titus…
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Brewster Urges Families to try Fishing on “Fish-for-Free” Days this Year

Monroeville, May 3, 2013 – State Sen. James Brewster today urged people interested in fishing to try the sport out on any Pennsylvania waterway on May 27, “Fish-for-free” day. “This is a great opportunity to try to catch the big…
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Brewster Praises Groundbreaking of Capitol Hunger Garden

HARRISBURG, May 1, 2013 – State Sen. James Brewster today praised the fourth annual planting of the Capital Area Hunger Garden on the grounds of the state capitol. The garden provides up to 1,000 pounds of vegetables to local food…
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Sen. Brewster Applauds Highmark- WPAHS Merger

Harrisburg, April 29, 2013 –Following the state Insurance Department’s approval today of Highmark’s proposed merger with the West Penn Allegheny Health System (WPAHS), state Sen. Jim Brewster released the following statement: “After a long and extensive process, I am pleased…
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Brewster Named Vice Chairman for Legislative Budget & Finance Committee

Harrisburg, April 16, 2013 – At today’s Legislative Budget and Finance Committee (LBFC) meeting, Senator Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland) was unanimously confirmed to serve as vice chairman. This is the second year Sen. Brewster will have served in this position. “This is…
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Brewster: Home Heating Assistance Program Deadline Extended Through April 26

McKeesport, March 27, 2013 – State Sen. James Brewster today announced today that the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) deadline has been extended through April 26. LIHEAP provides cash grants to help low-income households pay for home heating…
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Sen. Brewster to Introduce Hunting Heritage License Plate Legislation

McKeesport, March 22, 2013 – State Sen. Jim Brewster said he will soon introduce legislation that would create a Pennsylvania hunting heritage license plate. “Hunting has long been a part of Pennsylvania’s cultural heritage,” Brewster said. “This plate would honor…
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Sen. Brewster Comments on House Passage of Liquor Privatization Bill

McKeesport, March 21, 2013 – Following today's passage of liquor privatization legislation by the state House of Representatives, State Sen. Jim Brewster released the following statement: “This rush to privatize the state liquor system is ill-advised. Especially at a time…
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Brewster Calls on Education Department to Release Schools List

Harrisburg, March 20, 2013 – State Sen. Jim Brewster sent a Right-to-Know request to the state Department of Education yesterday asking that it release a list of all school districts that have been designated for financial watch status or identified…
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Mon-Fayette and Mass Transit Must Also be Transportation Priorities, Brewster Says

McKeesport, March 6, 2013 – Adequate funding for mass transit and the Mon-Fayette Expressway must be priorities in the transportation package being developed by the Corbett administration and lawmakers, state Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland) said today. Brewster made his comments following…
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Brewster Reacts to the Administration’s Lack of Focus in Budget Hearing on Education

McKeesport, March 4, 2013 – State Sen. Jim Brewster said he was disappointed in the presentation made by Corbett administration officials as they described their education priorities at a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing today.
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Sen. Brewster Says 2013 Trout Stocking Schedules Now Available

McKeesport, February 27, 2013 – State Sen. Jim Brewster today said local anglers can now access statewide trout stocking schedules online. “While this may not guarantee that you’ll catch the big one, it sure can’t hurt your chances,” Brewster said.…
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Sen. Brewster Urges Use of 2-1-1 Human Service Hotline

McKeesport, February 22, 2013 – State Sen. Jim Brewster today urged local citizens to take advantage of a free 2-1-1 telephone hotline service that connects people from 11 southwestern Pennsylvania counties with information on customized community, health, housing and human…
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Sen. Brewster Applauds Attorney General’s Rejection of Lottery Privatization Scheme

McKeesport, February 14, 2013 — State Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland) today provided the following statement in response to state Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s decision to reject the legality of the Corbett Administration’s Lottery privatization contract. “I commend Attorney General Kane…
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Brewster on Corbett Budget: “Don’t use Students as Pawns in Liquor Privatization Battle”

Harrisburg, February 5, 2013 – State Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland) today provided the following statement about Gov. Tom Corbett’s 2013-14 budget proposal: “I am encouraged by the governor’s interest in providing $90 million more state dollars to our public schools.…
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Sen. Brewster Elected Vice Chair of Budget and Finance Committee

McKeesport, January 24, 2013 – State Sen. Jim Brewster has been unanimously elected vice-chairman of the bipartisan, bicameral Legislative Budget and Finance Committee. “I am pleased with my new position on this important committee that helps foster legislative efficiency, accuracy…
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Sen. Brewster Reappointed as Chair of McKeesport Housing Authority

McKeesport – January 21, 2012 – State Sen. Jim Brewster, who serves as the Democratic chair of the Senate Urban Affairs and Housing Committee, has been reappointed as Chairman of the Board of the McKeesport Housing Authority. “I am pleased…
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Brewster Blasts Corbett for lack of Transparency/Public Input on Prison Closing Decision

McKeesport, January 11, 2013 – State Sen. Jim Brewster today sharply criticized the Corbett Administration for its backroom decision that led to this week’s announcement to close the state prison in Hempfield, Westmoreland County. Brewster said he will work with…
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Brewster Appointed to Several Key Senate Committees

McKeesport, January 9, 2013 – State Sen. Jim Brewster has been re-appointed Democratic chairman of the Senate Urban Affairs and Housing Committee. In addition, Brewster was appointed to the Committees on Transportation, Banking and Insurance, Community Economic and Recreational Development,…
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Brewster Announces Recycling Grant for Monroeville

McKeesport, January 3, 2013 – State Sen. James Brewster today announced a $19,621 recycling grant for Monroeville. "This state money will help the municipality strengthen its recycling program," Brewster said. “Recycling programs are a great tool for protecting our environment…
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Brewster to Honor State Champion Clairton Bears in PA Senate

McKeesport, December 24, 2012 – Sixty-three straight wins and four consecutive PIAA Class A football championships won by the Clairton High School Bears will be honored by the state Senate early next year, state Sen. James Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland) said today.…
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Brewster Re-Appointed Democratic Chair of Senate Committee on Urban Affairs and Housing

Harrisburg, December 21, 2012 – State Sen. Jim Brewster today was re-appointed Democratic chairman of the Senate Urban Affairs and Housing Committee. “I will continue to use my position on this committee to focus on issues and challenges facing our…
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Pennsylvania Senate Democrats Discuss Plan to Address Distressed Cities

Harrisburg, December 18, 2012 – Acknowledging the escalating problems in economically-challenged communities across the state, Pennsylvania Senate Democrats today discussed their plans to address a wide range of problems impacting aging and distressed cities. The “Growth, Progress & Sustainability” or GPS…
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Brewster Reminds Seniors of Dec. 31 Property Tax/Rent Rebate Deadline

McKeesport, December 11, 2012 -- State Sen. Jim Brewster is reminding constituents that the filing deadline for the 2011 Property Tax and Rent Rebate is Dec. 31. “In these difficult economic times when every penny counts, it’s important that seniors…
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Brewster: Applications now Being Accepted for Home Heating Aid

McKeesport, Nov. 1, 2012 -- State Sen. Jim Brewster today announced that the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is now accepting applications for this winter. “For low income families, LIHEAP support can be critically important during the cold winter…
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Brewster Says Selective Tax Credit Plan is Faulty, Comprehensive Approach Needed

Harrisburg – October 22, 2012 – The selective tax credit plan pushed by Republicans in the General Assembly is regressive public policy that makes government pick winners and losers among businesses, state Senator Jim Brewster (D-McKeesport) said today. The legislation…
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Brewster Backs Senate Resolution Honoring Fallen Marine

HARRISBURG, October 16, 2012 – Speaking on the Senate floor, State Senator Jim Brewster today honored fallen Marine Lieutenant Colonel Christopher “Otis” Raible. An Irwin native, Lt. Col. Raible died last month during an attack in Afghanistan. Brewster and his…
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Brewster to Host College Savings “Webinars”

McKeesport, October 15, 2012 – State Senator Jim Brewster is teaming up with the Pennsylvania Treasury Department to host free webinars titled “Saving for College with the PA 529 College Savings Program” on Monday, October 22 at 7 p.m. and…
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Sen. Brewster and Forbes Hospital to Sponsor Free Senior Wellness Expo

McKeesport, Oct. 9, 2012 — State Sen. Jim Brewster and the Forbes Regional Hospital will host a free Senior Wellness and Safety Expo on Friday, October 12 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the McKeesport Palisades (100 Fifth Avenue,…
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Brewster Commends Decision to Delay Voter ID Law

HARRISBURG, October 2, 2012 – Sen. Jim Brewster issued the following statement in response to today’s Commonwealth Court Ruling that delayed implementation of Pennsylvania’s new Voter ID law. “I salute Judge Simpson for his measured decision that will protect eligible…
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Op-ed: Sen. Brewster Challenges Credibility of Standardized Testing

The expanded use of student testing to determine student and school performance, district distress and teacher proficiency is the wrong approach at the wrong time. Instead of relying on a deficient student testing system that is neither a fair evaluator…
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Student Aid Guide Available Online, Brewster Says

Harrisburg – September 27, 2012 – PHEAA’s guide to student financial aid is now available online, according to state Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland). The guide can be accessed at PHEAA.org. “Students and families continue to struggle to pay for college…
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Brewster Announces October Satellite Office Hours

McKeesport – September 26, 2012 – Sen. Jim Brewster today announced that his staff will be holding October office hours at outreach offices in numerous locations. “This schedule helps accommodate constituents and allows my staff to meet face to face…
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Sen. Brewster Challenges Credibility of Standardized Testing

McKeesport – September 21, 2012 – Questioning the wisdom of the expanded use of standardized testing to determine student and school performance, school district distress and teacher proficiency, state Sen. Jim Brewster today called for a complete review and upgrade…
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Brewster: Families Can Save Money by Opening a College Savings Account this Month

McKeesport, September 11, 2012 – State Sen. Jim Brewster today said families can save $50 by enrolling online in the college savings program operated by the state treasurer’s office this month. “Through the end of September, the PA 529 GSP…
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Brewster Announces September Office Hours

McKeesport – August 24, 2012 – Sen. Jim Brewster today announced that his staff will be holding September office hours at outreach offices in numerous locations. “This schedule helps accommodate constituents and allows my staff to meet face to face with…
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Brewster Announces August Office Hours

McKeesport – August 1, 2012 – Sen. Jim Brewster today announced that his staff will be holding August office hours at outreach offices in numerous Westmoreland County and Allegheny County locations. “This schedule helps accommodate constituents and allows my staff to meet…
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Brewster: Republicans Stop Effort to Halt Property Tax Reassessments

McKeesport - July 5, 2012 - When the state Senate returns to session later this year it may have a second chance to pass legislation to stop the unfair property tax reassessments that have plagued property owners in Allegheny County,…
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Brewster Announces July Outreach Office Hours

McKeesport – July 5, 2012 –Sen. Jim Brewster today announced that his staff will be holding July office hours at outreach offices in numerous Westmoreland County and Allegheny County locations. “This schedule helps accommodate constituents and enables my staff to…
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Brewster Votes No on State Budget

McKEESPORT, July 3, 2012 — State Sen. Jim Brewster today issued the following statement about the state’s recently-enacted 2012-13 fiscal year budget: “While I am pleased there are no tax increases, I voted against this budget because it fails to…
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State Senate Hearing Focuses on Funding Public Schools

Monroeville, June 14, 2012 — Education experts, labor leaders, area school administrators and school board members today laid out disastrous financial problems at a state Senate hearing on the impact of state public school funding cuts. Held at Sen. Jim Brewster’s…
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PA Senate hearing in Monroeville Thursday

May 31, 2012 – At Sen. Jim Brewster’s request, the state Senate Democratic Policy Committee will hold a hearing on education funding this Thursday, June 14 at 1 p.m. in council chambers of the Monroeville Municipal Building, 2700 Monroeville Blvd., Monroeville,…
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Senator Brewster Offers Free Help with Property Tax/Rent Rebate Applications

McKeesport, May 31, 2012 – State Senator Jim Brewster today reminded people that he and his local staff stand ready to help people apply for the 2011 state Property Tax and Rent Rebate Program -- for free. Brewster said some…
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Sen. Brewster Announces Outreach Office Hours for June

McKeesport – May 29, 2012 –Sen. Jim Brewster today announced that his staff will be holding June office hours at outreach offices in numerous Allegheny County locations. “This schedule helps accommodate constituents and enables my staff to meet face to…
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Sen. Brewster Calls Senate Budget Approval a Step Forward

HARRISBURG, May 9, 2012 – State Sen. Jim Brewster provided the following comments after the Senate today voted 38 to 9 in favor of a revised version (Senate Bill 1466) of the 2012-13 state budget: “While I hope we can…
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Brewster Urges Retention of Mon Valley Based Senate Seat

Harrisburg – May 7, 2012 – In his testimony before the state Legislative Reapportionment Commission today, state Sen. Jim Brewster urged the commission to retain a state Senate seat based in the Greater Monongahela River Valley. Brewster explained that as…
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Brewster Announces State Grant for Monroeville Tech Center

HARRISBURG, April 30, 2012 — State Sen. Jim Brewster today announced a $ 37,700 state grant for the Forbes Road Career and Technology Center in Monroeville. “This state Career and Technical Education Equipment Grant will help the school prepare its…
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Brewster Announces Local Education Literacy Grants

McKeesport, April 26, 2012 – State Senator Jim Brewster has announced Keystones to Opportunity (KtO) grants totaling over $ 587,000 for two area school districts. Brewster said the state Department of Education has approved proposals submitted by McKeesport Area School…
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Brewster, Dermody Announce Water Loan Funding for Springdale Borough

Harrisburg, April 25, 2012 - Springdale Borough is slated to receive more than $ 745,000 in state loan funds to rehabilitate a deteriorated storm sewer collection line, state Sen. Jim Brewster and state Rep. Frank Dermody jointly announced today. The…
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Brewster: Lawmakers Need to Address Dwindling State Police Ranks

McKeesport, April 5, 2012 — Calling it a serious public safety issue, state Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland) today said lawmakers must find a way to replace retiring state troopers.
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Brewster Says State Grant Dollars Headed to Monroeville, Trafford

McKeesport, March 23, 2012 – State Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland) said today that more than $60,000 in state grant money is soon headed to his district through two separate awards. Monroeville is set to receive a grant of $15,498 from…
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Brewster: New Law Banning Texting While Driving Takes Effect Thursday

McKeesport – March 6,2012 – Pennsylvania’s new law banning texting while driving takes effect Thursday state Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland) said today. “The ban on texting while driving will prevent mishaps and death,” Brewster said. “While it is common sense…
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Sen. Brewster Offers Free Student Aid Seminars

McKeesport, February 13, 2012 – State Sen. Jim Brewster today said there are still available slots for his remaining two student aid seminars for local students and their parents.
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Brewster Says Gas Drilling Bill Comes up Short

HARRISBURG, Feb. 10, 2012 — State Sen. Jim Brewster today said he voted against the recently approved gas drilling legislation because it fails to raise enough revenue and stifles local community zoning and input.
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Brewster: Corbett Budget Hurts Schools and Families

HARRISBURG, Feb. 9, 2012 — State Sen. Jim Brewster today issued the following statement on Gov. Tom Corbett’s 2012-13 state budget proposal: “The tragedy of this budget is that the governor could have brought in more revenue without raising taxes,”…
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Brewster: No Need to Pay for Rebate Filing Help

PITTSBURGH, February 9, 2012 – State Senator Jim Brewster today reminded people eligible for the state Property Tax and Rent Rebate Program that he and his local office staff stand ready to assist people for free.
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Sen. Brewster Obtains Recycling Grants for North Versailles Township

McKeesport, January 31, 2012 – State Sen. Jim Brewster today announced two grants totaling $1,611 for North Versailles Township’s recycling efforts. “Recycling is an important means to cut waste and keep our environment clean,” Brewster said.  “This funding will help…
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Sen. Brewster to Host Local Student Aid Seminars

McKeesport, January 25, 2012 – State Sen. Jim Brewster today announced that he will host three student aid seminars for local students and their parents. “In these tough economic times, paying for a college education is a steep challenge,” Brewster…
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Brewster Says Home Heating Aid Available Now

HARRISBURG, November 2, 2011 – State Sen. Jim Brewster today announced that Pennsylvania’s Low-Income Home Energy Assistance program (LIHEAP) is now open for the 2011-12 heating season. LIHEAP provides cash grants to help low-income households to help pay for home…
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Brewster Says School Voucher Bill Would Hurt More Kids Than it Helps

Harrisburg, Oct. 26 2011 – State Sen. Jim Brewster today said he was disappointed in the state Senate’s approval of voucher legislation “Ninety-five percent of the students in schools across Pennsylvania will receive no benefit from the school voucher program,”…
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Brewster Honors Fallen Lower Burrell Police Officer

Harrisburg, Oct. 19 2011 – The state Senate has unanimously approved Sen. Jim Brewster’s (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland) resolution paying tribute to fallen Lower Burrell Police Officer Derek Kotecki. Kotecki, 40, was gunned down last week while pursuing a dangerous fugitive. He had…
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Citizens Can Now Apply to Be a Notary Online

McKEESPORT, Sept. 19, 2011 – Sen. Jim Brewster today announced that Pennsylvanians can now apply online to become a notary public. The online system is expected to save time and money. “The new system will enable one to fill out…
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Brewster Announces State Recycling Grant for Allegheny County

McKEESPORT, Sept. 2, 2011 – State Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland) today announced a $36,710 state recycling grant for Allegheny County. The grant will be used to reimburse half of the county recycling coordinator’s salary and expenses. “I am encouraged by…
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Now is a Good Time to Enroll in a College Savings Plan

McKeesport, Aug. 16, 2011— Families saving for college have a unique opportunity to start paying for college credits at the current credit rates through a state-run college savings plan, state Sen. Jim Brewster said today.
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Brewster Says New Law Keeps Many PACE/PACENET Recipients Eligible

McKeesport, August 5, 2011 – State Sen. Jim Brewster today detailed a new state law that protects PACE/PACENET recipients from losing their eligibility due to small Social Security cost of living increases.
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Brewster Calls on Residents to Speak Out on Water Rate Hike Request

MCKEESPORT, August 2, 2011 – State Sen. Jim Brewster is opposing the Pennsylvania American Water Company (PAWC) request to raise local water rates by 13 percent. He is urging local citizens to speak out on the issue at a local…
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Sen. Brewster Announces Local School Funding Restorations

Harrisburg, June 29, 2011 – While disappointed that more state dollars were not restored to local school districts, Sen. Jim Brewster today said the additional state dollars earmarked in the final state spending plan should help local schools make ends…
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Sen. Brewster Announces $2.8 million Funding Restoration for Duquesne Schools

Harrisburg, June 29, 2011 – Calling it a “significant, yet inadequate” budget restoration, Sen. Jim Brewster today said he and state Rep. Marc Gergely were able to obtain an additional $2.825 million in state funding restorations for the Duquesne School…
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Brewster Says State Budget Betrays Middle Class Taxpayers

HARRISBURG, June 29, 2011 – State Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland) today said the new state budget and a state takeover bill aimed at struggling cities will hurt working families, spur drastic local tax increases and could force school districts and…
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Sen. Brewster Announces State Business Development Grants for Local Communities

McKeesport, June 24, 2011 – Sen. Jim Brewster today announced a total of $100,000 in state business development grant funds for local Enterprise Zone projects in Braddock, Clairton, Duquesne, McKeesport, North Braddock, Rankin and Swissvale.
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Brewster, Gergely Call on Republicans to Honor Duquesne School Agreement

HARRISBURG – June 20 – As Republican lawmakers and Gov. Tom Corbett continue to adjust the state’s final spending plan behind closed doors, state Sen. Jim Brewster and state Rep. Marc Gergely are pressing that funding for the Duquesne City…
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Sen. Brewster To Attend Ceremony at Marina McKeesport

Harrisburg, June 17, 2011 – Sen. Jim Brewster will attend the sixth annual “Blessing of Our Rivers, Boats, City and People” event at the McKeesport marina beginning at 10 a.m. tomorrow.
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Brewster Statement on the Death of Former Sen. Albert “Bud” Belan

Harrisburg, June 8, 2011 – State Sen. Jim Brewster today provided the following statement on the death of former Sen. Albert V. “Bud” Belan, who represented parts of Allegheny and Westmoreland counties between 1989 and 2000:
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Brewster Reminds Seniors to Apply for Property Tax/Rent Rebate Benefits

McKeesport, June 2, 2011 – State Sen. Jim Brewster today said the application deadline for the state Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program has been extended to December 31.
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Brewster Has Answer To Education Cuts

MONROEVILLE, May 6, 2011 – State Senator Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland) today announced he will introduce legislation that would place a 7 percent extraction tax on gas drilling to restore education funds, initiate public works projects that benefit local municipalities and…
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Brewster Announces $1 Million State Grant for New Kensington

McKeesport, May 5, 2011 – State Sen. Jim Brewster today announced a $1 million state grant for the Municipal Sanitary Authority of New Kensington.
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Sen. Brewster Observes 68th Anniversary of the Sinking of the S.S. McKeesport

HARRISBURG, April 27, 2011 — The state Senate today unanimously adopted Sen. Jim Brewster’s resolution recognizing the 68th anniversary of the sinking of the S.S. McKeesport.
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Sen. Brewster Tours Gas Drilling Sites in Western PA

McKeesport, April 19, 2011 – Calling it an opportunity to get a first- hand look at the state’s new booming gas drilling industry, State Sen. Jim Brewster today joined fellow Democrats for a tour of several well sites in southwestern…
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Brewster Backs Senate Democratic Budget Restoration Proposal

McKeesport – April 15, 2011 – State Sen. Jim Brewster and fellow Senate Democrats have unveiled a budget plan that would generate $1.14 billion in savings to restore funding for basic and higher education, safety net programs, mortgage assistance and…
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Brewster Says Home Heating Aid Still Available

HARRISBURG, April 5, 2011 – State Senator Jim Brewster today announced that low-income residents now have until April 15 to apply for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).
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Sen. Brewster Announces $1.3 Million State Grant for Harmar Business

McKEESPORT, April 7, 2011 — State Sen. Jim Brewster today announced a $1.3 million state grant for the Accelergy Corporation’s Facility located at the University of Pittsburgh’s Applied Research Center (U-PARC) in Harmar Township.
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Sen. Brewster Appointed to Monroeville Convention Visitors Bureau

Monroeville – March 24, 2011 – Sen. Jim Brewster has been appointed to serve on the board of the Monroeville Convention Visitors Bureau.
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Brewster Bill Would Step Up Business Investment and Activity

Harrisburg – March 16, 2011 – Sen. Jim Brewster today introduced legislation that would expand the use of a successful state small business loan program.
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Brewster: Budget Cuts Will Hurt Local Municipalities and School Districts

Harrisburg – March 9, 2011 – Sen. Jim Brewster today provided the following reaction to Gov. Tom Corbett’s budget address: “While spending cuts and better spending practices will need to occur at every government level, we must resist ‘passing the…
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Brewster: Bill Would Trim State Tax on Disability Trusts

Harrisburg – March 4, 2011 – Sen. Jim Brewster has introduced legislation that would exempt the first $3,000 of disability trust income or gains from state taxes.
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Senator Brewster Introduces Legislation That Would Save Lives

Harrisburg – February 28, 2011 – Sen. Jim Brewster has introduced legislation that would require most buildings to have a working carbon monoxide (CO) alarm system.
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Sen. Brewster Announces Outreach Office Hours

McKeesport – February 24, 2011 – Calling it a means to accommodate and meet with more constituents, Sen. Jim Brewster today announced that he will be holding office hours at outreach offices in numerous local government buildings in the months…
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Sen. Brewster Touts Jobs legislation

Harrisburg – February 23, 2011 – Sen. Jim Brewster and fellow Senate Democrats today unveiled a six point legislative plan aimed at invigorating Pennsylvania’s economy and creating jobs.
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Property Tax/Rent Rebate Applications Available in Sen. Brewster’s Offices

McKeesport – February 11, 2011 – Application forms for rebates on property taxes or rent paid in 2010 are now available in Sen. Jim Brewster’s local district offices.
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Brewster Presses for Resolution to adultBasic Funding Shortfall

McKeesport, February 3, 2011 – Reflecting on the large number of local working families that rely on the state’s adultBasic program for health care coverage, state Sen. Jim Brewster today said he is urging legislative leaders and Gov. Tom Corbett…
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Sen. Brewster Offers Free Tax Filing Assistance

McKEESPORT, Jan. 26, 2011 - State Sen. Jim Brewster is offering senior citizens free assistance with filing their state and federal income taxes.
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Sen. Brewster to Host Local Student Aid Seminars

Harrisburg, January 25, 2011 – State Sen. Jim Brewster today announced that he will host three student aid seminars in February for local students and their parents.
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Brewster to Serve as Democratic Chairman of Senate Urban Affairs and Housing Committee

Harrisburg, January 10, 2011 – State Sen. Jim Brewster today was appointed Democratic chairman of the Senate Urban Affairs and Housing Committee.
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Brewster Urges Unemployed to Continue Filing for Benefits while Congress Debates Extension

McKEESPORT, December 10, 2010 – State Sen. Jim Brewster is urging jobless workers whose federal unemployment benefits have, or will soon expire, to continue filing for the weekly payments. “Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Labor has advised me that continuing to file…
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Brewster Reminds Seniors of Property Tax Rebate Filing Deadline

McKeesport, December 1, 2010 – Sen. Jim Brewster today announced that the application deadline for the state's Property Tax/Rent Rebate program is December 31, 2010. “If you are a low income senior citizen or know seniors who may qualify for…
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Brewster Takes Oath of Office as State Senator

HARRISBURG, November 17, 2010 -- State Senator Jim Brewster took the oath of office today pledging to lead by example, fight for his constituents and work to create jobs and improve education. Brewster, a Democrat, won a Nov. 2 special…
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Brewster’s State Senate Swearing-In Set for Wednesday in Harrisburg

Harrisburg, November 16, 2010 -- State Senator-elect Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland) will be sworn in to the state Senate at the Capitol in Harrisburg on Wednesday, Nov. 17 at approximately 1 p.m.
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