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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 September 19, 2016

Congressman Costello Community Office Hours
Congressman Ryan Costello’s staff will be holding community office hours in my Lebanon District Office: Room 101 Municipal Building, 400 South 8th Street. They will be available to assist with federal questions and concerns on Tuesday, September 20 and Thursday, October 20, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Questions can be directed to Jason Carver of Congressman Costello’s office at (610) 376-7630 or (610) 696-2982.

Homeschool Day at the State Museum of Pennsylvania
The State Museum of PA (300 North Street, Harrisburg) is offering a Homeschool Day on Wednesday, September 28 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The cost is $10 per person (children under the age of one are free), and admission for PA Heritage Foundation and State Museum Affiliate Members is free. The day includes NASA’s Journey to Mars Planetarium show; GalleryTalks with the Curators; map the state while discovering PA’s history, and; activity and hands-on stations. Pre-registration is preferred at (717) 772-6997.

Ride2Recovery 9/11 Challenge
I was honored to speak to the 100+ riders for the Ride2Recovery 9/11 Challenge. Ride2Recovery helps injured veterans improve their health and wellness through cycling. This year, riders traveled from Washington, D.C. to New York City, with a stop in York County within the 48th Senatorial District. I had the opportunity to have my picture taken with John Wordin, President and Founder of Ride2Recovery. Thank you, John, for all you do, and thank you to the Presenting Sponsor, UnitedHealthcare!
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Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Date Changes
The PA Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) is advising college-bound students and families of a date change to the application timeline for federal, state and other sources of student financial aid. Beginning with the 2017-18 student aid application cycle, the FAFSA will be available three months earlier than in previous years, with students able to apply for financial aid as early as October 1, 2016 (in prior years, the FAFSA did not become available until January 1). The U.S. Department of Education made the change to better align the financial aid application process with the actual college admissions timeline. The rules were also modified to allow applicants to complete the 2017-18 FAFSA with financial information from the 2015 tax year. To further assist families with college and student financial aid planning, visit MySmartBorrowing.org, and for more information on the higher education financial process, FAFSA Completion Session schedules, financial aid deadline reminders, and higher education planning information, visit PHEAA.org.

Tax Amnesty Program Guidelines
Under Act 84 or 2016, signed into law July 13, 2016, Pennsylvania authorized a tax amnesty period from April 21, 2017 through June 19, 2017. During this limited 60-day period the PA Department of Revenue will waive all penalties and half of the interest on eligible tax delinquencies for anything who participates in the 2017 Tax Amnesty Program. Tax Amnesty Guidelines were published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.

September Community Report Cable Show: Paramount Sports Complex
My September Community Report Cable Show is now airing, featuring Paramount Sports Complex in Annville, Lebanon County. Paramount offers gymnastics and fitness centers, a climbing wall, pre-school, and more, and features a Ninja Warrior Training Course with obstacles based upon NBC’s “American Ninja Warrior”. You can also watch on my website, while Comcast on Demand (Lebanon), Harrisburg Broadcast Network (Harrisburg, WHBG-20), and Blue Ridge Communications (York, Channel 8) should also be airing the show.

September 2016 - Paramount Sports Complex

Disability Employment Outreach Day
The State Civil Service Commission, the Governor’s Cabinet for People with Disabilities, and the Office of Administration are holding a Disability Employment Outreach Day on Friday, October 21 at the PA Fish & Boat Commission Headquarters, 1601 Elmerton Avenue, Harrisburg. Employment presentations will be at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., and job counselors will be available from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. This is an informational event only where individuals with disabilities are invited to learn about the state’s civil service application, testing, and hiring process, and are asked to bring an up-to-date resume (no interviews or hiring will take place at the outreach event). To request accommodations for this event, contact pmarinak@pa.gov or (717) 214-4933 by October 7.


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