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March 8, 2013

Session offers look at economic issues

JOHNSTOWN — Some major issues are facing Pennsylvania’s government. Gov. Tom Corbett wants to privatize liquor sales and the lottery. Annual budget talks have started within the past few weeks. Then there are the usual ongoing debates about education, infrastructure and health care.

Northern Cambria Area Business Alliance wants to help residents gain a better understanding of those issues.

On March 21, the organization will host a free State of the Economy Address in the Slovak American Citizen’s Club at 700 Philadelphia Ave. in Northern Cambria.

“There was too much happening in Harrisburg from the lottery, to Medicaid, to privatization of liquor stores, to changes in the budget affecting our schools,” said Francine Filkins, the alliance’s economic development chairwoman.

“We want the public to have some firsthand knowledge.”

State Sen. John Wozniak, D-Westmont, and state Rep. Gary Haluska, D-Patton, are scheduled to attend.

“These leaders are coming to the people to shed some light on what is going on in Harrisburg,” said alliance President Charles Contres.

“Much of it will surprise you. We really do owe it to our communities and to our children to stay informed so we can make good decisions.

“We can always petition our representatives while they are in office if we have the facts.”

The event is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m.

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