Petition Signing Walk In Event
Senator Folmer and Representative Russ Diamond are hosting a WALK IN petition signing event on Tuesday, February 13 from 5PM to 8PM at the Open Door Baptist Church. Please stop in to sign their petitions to allow them to run for reelection. Representative Frank Ryan’s petition will be available for signatures as well. Please come show your support for our local officials.
Folmer for State Senate Press Release
Today, “Citizen Mike” Folmer announced his candidacy for reelection to the Pennsylvania Senate: “After praying and deliberating for months, I’ve decided to seek another term as Senator for the 48th Senatorial District”, said Folmer…
2017 Folmer for State Senate Celebration
We hope you will join us for a Folmer for State Senate Campaign Celebration on September 15, 2017 at 6PM at All About You Catering! The event will include cocktail hour with Hors d’oeuvres, light buffet, and a live/silent auction and dancing. Special guest appearances from Scott Galbraith and RJ Harris as our MC! This is our major Fundraiser for 2017. If you would like to attend, the cost per seat is $50.
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Features: sign up for my and Senator Argall’s live telephone town hall meeting regarding Senate Bill 76; bills passed by the Senate; bills signed into law by the Governor; my July cable show featuring Lebanon Catholic School girls basketball team, the PIAA 1A State Champs; Rt. 921 bridge construction in Conewago Twp., York Co.; Rt. 283 bridge construction in Lower Swatara Twp., Dauphin Co., and; PennDOT biennial fee adjustments.
I continued the fight for TOTAL ELIMINATION of school property taxes this week, addressing the myths against Senate Bill 76 on the Senate Floor.
Our constituents have told us loud and clear – from town hall meetings to the ballot box – the school property tax is the most-hated and egregious tax. While the school property tax may have made sense when it was first enacted in the 1830s, we believe it is time to shift to a fairer way to fund our public schools.
On behalf of 80+ grassroots taxpayer advocacy groups across the Commonwealth, we will re-introduce the bipartisan Property Tax Independence Act. This legislation will be similar to Senate Bill 76 of 2015.
The legislation would eliminate school property taxes and shift to an increased Personal Income Tax (PIT) and an increased and expanded Sales and Use Tax (SUT).
The new revenue sources would replace dollar-for-dollar the revenues lost by the school property tax elimination.
School districts would continue to collect the property tax until June 30, 2017. Each year thereafter, districts would receive their reimbursement from the State Treasury on a quarterly basis with a cost of living adjustment.
A portion of the school property tax would remain only to pay off debt service that is on the books as of December 31, 2016.
Under this proposal, any school district seeking to spend above the allotment from the state would have to ask the voters for their support in a referendum. School districts may locally increase the PIT or Earned Income Tax if approved by the voters in that district.
We believe this is the greatest form of local control – allowing the voters to decide the merits of spending increases.
As one grassroots advocate stated at a public hearing in 2013: No tax shall have the power to leave you homeless. We agree!