Lawmakers Address State Issues At Event

October 6, 2018
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Lawmakers Address State Issues At Event

WILKES-BARRE — Two state legislators answered questions about the opioid epidemic, workforce training and PennDOT projects during a Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce event Friday morning.

State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-121, Wilkes-Barre, said one of the biggest problems with the opioid epidemic is that people are released from hospitals after overdosing. He said in many cases they should receive addiction treatment instead of going back home.

State Rep. Mike Carroll, D-118, Avoca, said people with addictions “have an illness like hypertension and diabetes. He added “they deserve to be treated and cured.”

Both legislators said the state needs to do a better job promoting vocational training for some students.

“Some people love to work with their hands, and we need them,” Pashinski said, adding high schools need more guidance counselors to help students make career decisions.

Carroll said educators also need to convince some parents their children will be better off with a vocational education, instead of going to a four-year college. Plumbers can make up to $100,000 a year, Pashinski noted.

“If you are making $100,000 in Northeast Pennsylvania, you are doing well for yourself,” Pashinski said.

In response to a complaint about PennDOT’s Route 309 project, Carroll said PennDOT is responsible for too many roads that

should be handled by

local governments.

Pashinski also said some PennDOT funds have been diverted to the state police, and he complained about local governments that don’t have local police departments and get state police services without paying for those services.

Luzerne County Manager David Pedri and county Council Chairman Tim McGinley also spoke Friday at the chamber breakfast.

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