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Welcome to "Mike's Memo," an update on what's happening in the 48th Legislative District, the State Capitol, and the progress of my legislative priorities. If you haven't done so already, please take a few moments to visit my website at www.senatorfolmer.com to learn more about issues that may affect you and your family.

Week of March 23, 2015

Governor Wolf’s Fundamentally Flawed Tax Plan
According to taxpayersthatpay.com, Governor Wolf has presented a fundamentally flawed plan that raises $8 Billion in new taxes when fully implemented but only redistributes $3.6 Billion* of the new taxes to local property owners and renters.

In the 48th Senate District, the Net Impact of Gov. Wolf's Plan to Resident Taxpayers is: ($83,095,883).  How can this be called relief?  The following is a breakdown for all school districts in the 48th Senate District:

Dauphin County:
Central Dauphin SD - New Sales Tax & Personal Income Tax Paid by Resident Taxpayers: $43,150,289; Property Tax/Rent Relief Returned to Resident Taxpayers Under Gov. Wolf's Plan: $14,233,529; Net Impact of Gov. Wolf's Plan to Resident Taxpayers: ($28,916,750)
Lower Dauphin SD - New Taxes: $14,651,985; Property Tax Relief: $4,115,745; Net Impact: ($10,536,240)
Middletown Area SD - New Taxes: $7,230,527; Property Tax Relief: $5,578,064; Net Impact: ($1,652,463)
Steelton-Highspire SD - New Taxes: $2,383,161; Property Tax Relief: $5,017,099; Net Impact: $2,633,938

Lebanon County:
Annville-Cleona SD - New Sales Tax & Personal Income Tax Paid by Resident Taxpayers: $4,550,967; Property Tax/Rent Relief Returned to Resident Taxpayers Under Gov. Wolf's Plan: $2,498,886; Net Impact of Gov. Wolf's Plan to Resident Taxpayers: ($2,052,081)
Cornwall-Lebanon SD - New Taxes: $15,228,329; Property Tax Relief: $7,377,468; Net Impact: ($7,850,860)
Eastern Lebanon County SD - New Taxes: $8,109,334; Property Tax Relief: $3,666,905; Net Impact: ($4,442,429)
Lebanon SD - New Taxes: $7,832,030; Property Tax Relief: $15,907,425; Net Impact: $8,075,395
North Lebanon SD - New Taxes: $6,862,232; Property Tax Relief: $3,432,574; Net Impact: ($3,429,658)
Palmyra Area SD - New Taxes: $10,957,886; Property Tax Relief: $5,548,797; Net Impact: ($5,409,089)

York County:
Central York SD - New Sales Tax & Personal Income Tax Paid by Resident Taxpayers: $17,196,098; Property Tax/Rent Relief Returned to Resident Taxpayers Under Gov. Wolf's Plan: $11,179,294; Net Impact of Gov. Wolf's Plan to Resident Taxpayers: ($6,016,804)
Northeastern York SD - New Taxes: $9,257,585; Property Tax Relief: $10,122,676; Net Impact: $865,091
West Shore SD - New Taxes: $30,272,430; Property Tax Relief: $6,787,156; Net Impact: ($23,485,273)
York Suburban SD - New Taxes: $11,147,031; Property Tax Relief: $5,298,715; Net Impact: ($5,848,316)

*Amount does not include $616 Million of property tax relief fund currently distributed from gaming revenues. 

March-April Community Report Cable Show:  Lebanon Community Theatre
My March-April Cable Show features the Lebanon Community Theatre.  Learn about the history of the Theatre, information on upcoming shows, and see my “audition” with the Kids Cabaret!  You can watch the link here, or via my website

Comcast on Demand (Lebanon), Harrisburg Broadcast Network (Harrisburg, WHBG-20) and Blue Ridge Communications (York, Channel 8) should also be airing the show now through the end of April. 

Traffic Signal Project on U.S. 22 East of Fredericksburg Begins March 23
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announced work begins on March 23 to install new traffic signals and lengthen the eastbound U.S. 22 left-turn lane at the Blue Mountain Road intersection east of Fredericksburg, Bethel Township, Lebanon County. 

The contract was awarded to Wyoming Electric & Signal, Inc. of Luzerne County and work is scheduled to be completed this spring.  Travelers may encounter traffic lane restrictions in both directions on U.S. 22 near Esther’s Restaurant and Redner’s Warehouse Market weekdays during daylight hours.  This section of U.S. 22, also known as William Penn Highway, averages 8,900 vehicles traveled daily. 

Bridge Replacement to Close Route 341 in Upper Lawn, Lebanon County
PennDOT also announced the single-lane bridge that carries Route 341 over the Little Conewago Creek in South Londonderry Township, Lebanon County will close on March 23 for up to 166 days.  Initially crews will place erosion and sediment control devices, install a stream diversion dike system and prepare to demolish the existing structure. 

The contract to replace the bridge was awarded to Deblin, Inc. of Mechanicsburg, Cumberland County, and includes roadway approach reconstruction, guiderail updates and replacement of the existing structure with a new two-lane bridge that will carry Route 341 over the Little Conewago Creek between Lawn Road and the intersection of Colebrook Road and Gingrich Road in Upper Lawn. 

North Hills Road Ramp to I-83 North, York County, Closed March 23-30
PennDOT will also resume work on March 23 to widen North Hills Road at the intersection of Route 462, Market Street, east of the City of York near Interstate 83 Exit 19 in Springettsbury Township, York County. 

The contract was awarded to J.D. Eckman, Inc. of Chester County and includes widening the North Hills Road ramp to I-83 North; widening the northbound I-83 Exit 19 ramp for Route 462, Market Street, to provide two through lanes for North Hills Road; and widening North Hills Road to provide two lanes northbound and one lane southbound. 

PennDOT advises travelers starting March 23 at 7:00 a.m. the ramp from North Hills Road to I-83 North will be closed for up to seven days.  A detour which follows U.S. 30 to I-83 North will be in place.  All construction on this project is scheduled to be completed by mid-September.


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