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 students for the challenging and promising technical careers of the future,” Brewster said. “I am pleased that the Department of Education approved the school’s grant request and will continue to seek state dollars to supplement their efforts.” » Continue Reading

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 District for $529,260; and the New Kensington-Arnold School District for $58,000.

“I am pleased that these KtO grant dollars have been awarded to area schools,” Brewster said. “In these tough budget times, every supplemental dollar for education is a big help.”

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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 loan to Springdale was approved by the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (Pennvest) this morning.

“The project involves the reconstruction of nearly 900 feet of storm sewer from the intersection of Butler Street and Lincoln Avenue to Riddle Run,” said Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland). “The current storm sewer system is experiencing difficulty and these funds will help the borough rehabilitate the line.” » Continue Reading

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.

“We cannot expect the state police to provide more service with significantly fewer troopers,” Brewster said. “Failing to solve this problem will compromise police protection, lead to unacceptable delays – and endanger people.”

Brewster said expected state police retirements in the coming years would reduce the number of troopers to 3,924 by 2015, or 765 fewer than the department’s authorized complement. Unless funds are provided to train new cadets, he said the problem will only worsen in future years.

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