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Education, jobs, Marcellus Shale Drilling, even government spending were all topics of conversation Tuesday at the Army Heritage & Education Center in Carlisle, Cumberland County.

U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R) Pennsylvania hosted a jobs forum with the Greater Carlisle Area Chamber of Commerce. Sen. Toomey heard presentations, concerns, and took questions from local business owners and community leaders.

“I get to hear first-hand what is on the minds of the people that I represent. And I’ve been spending the summer meeting with people from all walks of life all across Pennsylvania. By the end of today I’ll be at the 67th, out of 67 counties, doing my visits,” said Sen. Toomey. “One of the concerns that was raised is too much federal government regulation and that’s holding back job growth and business opportunities; so the economy is weakened. It’s not nearly what it could be and it’s not a coincidence that it’s weak in response to a government that is stifling economic growth.”

Sen. Toomey said right now he is focusing on three issues: funding for Alzheimer’s, the unemployment rate of veterans, and legislation to toughen background checks for teachers and those who work with children.