Op-eds

Let Pennsylvanians Decide: Put Marijuana on the Ballot

Let Pennsylvanians Decide: Put Marijuana on the Ballot

Op-ed by Sen. Jim Brewster

Let all citizens have their say on legalizing marijuana.  

At our fingertips is a potential $581 million generated annually from legalized marijuana that could be used to establish substance abuse treatment facilities to help stem the deadly tide of drug overdoses and deaths across our state.

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Widening the View: Municipal Police Training Commission Gains New Perspective

Widening the View: Municipal Police Training Commission Gains New Perspective

Op-ed by Sen. Jim Brewster  and Rep. Barry Jozwiak

The horrific shooting at the synagogue in Pittsburgh is the latest high-profile example of police officers and other first responders using their training and professionalism in responding to a crisis.  By all reports, they acted quickly, courageously, contained the situation and limited the tragic loss of life.

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Democratic Senators to Gov. Wolf and General Assembly: Make Rebuilding Manufacturing a Priority

Democratic Senators to Gov. Wolf and General Assembly: Make Rebuilding Manufacturing a Priority

Op-ed by state Sen. John T. Yudichak (D-Luzerne), Sen. Vincent J. Hughes (D-Philadelphia), Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland)

October 23, 2017 − National Manufacturing Day is the first Friday in October.  While noting the importance of manufacturing on this one day is important, the focus on rebuilding our manufacturing base should be a priority for the governor and the General Assembly each day. 

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Energy Extraction Tax Would Help Fill Budget Gaps

By: Sen. Jim Brewster The governor, legislative leaders and lawmakers have spent a good portion of the last six months looking in every nook and cranny in search of revenue to balance the state’s $31.9 billion budget.  What they have been unable to do, however,...

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State Troopers Raise Retirement Tsunami Warning Flags

Op-ed Column by Sen. Jim Brewster The Pennsylvania State Troopers Association has posted bright flags warning of a potentially devastating trooper retirement tsunami looming just over the horizon. If the storm comes together and the retirement tidal wave hits, it...

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