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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 November 21, 2016

My offices will be closed Thursday, November 24 and Friday, November 25.
I hope you and your families have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Bill Signed into Law by the Governor
House Bill 1196 – Act 166 – gives beer distributors more options to sell beer.

IFO Releases Long-Term Economic & Budget Outlook
The Independent Fiscal Office, which provides impartial analyses of the Commonwealth’s fiscal, economic, and budget issues, recently released a report on “Pennsylvania’s Economic & Budget Outlook: Fiscal Years 2016–2017 to 2021–2022.” The report can be downloaded here. This report identifies a budget imbalance of more than $500 Million in the current fiscal year, which is projected to expand to $1.7 Billion next year and reach $3 Billion by 2020–2022 based upon current fiscal trends.

Senate Leadership Elected for 2017
The elected leaders of the Senate will remain the same for 2017.

Republicans:
President Pro Tempore
Senator Joseph B. Scarnati III: the President Pro Tempore is responsible for appointing both standing committee chairs and members, and also plays a significant role in negotiations with the Administration and the House of Representatives
Majority Leader Senator Jake Corman: the Majority Leader oversees the legislative agenda, directs Senate floor action, develops policies and strategies for the Republican Caucus, plays a key role in floor debates, and has a major role in negotiations with the Administration and the House of Representatives
Appropriations Committee Chair Senator Patrick M. Browne: the Appropriations Committee reviews all legislation for its fiscal impact and plays a central role in developing the state budget
Majority Whip Senator John R. Gordner: the Majority Whip acts as assistant floor leader and works to gain support for Caucus initiatives
Majority Caucus Chairman Senator Bob Mensch: the chairman presides over caucus meetings where bills and amendments are discussed
Majority Caucus Secretary Senator Richard L. Alloway: the Secretary oversees all executive nominations submitted to the Senate for confirmation
Majority Caucus Administrator Senator Charles T. McIlhinney
Majority Policy Committee Chair Senator David G. Argall

Democrats:
Minority Leader Senator Jay Costa, Allegheny
Appropriations Committee Chair Senator Vincent J. Hughes, Philadelphia
Minority Whip Senator Anthony H. Williams, Philadelphia
Minority Caucus Chairman Senator Wayne D. Fontana, Allegheny
Minority Caucus Secretary Senator Lawrence M. Farnese, Philadelphia
Caucus Administrator Senator John T. Yudichak, Luzerne
Minority Policy Committee Chair Senator Lisa M. Boscola, Northampton

The newest members of the Senate will be:
John DiSanto, 15th Senatorial District: Parts of Dauphin County and all of Perry County
Wayne Langerholc, 35th Senatorial District: All of Cambria and Bedford Counties and part of Clearfield County
Dan Laughlin, 49th Senatorial District: Part of Erie County
Scott Martin, 13th Senatorial District: Part of Lancaster County
Mike Regan, 31st Senatorial District: Parts of York and Cumberland Counties
Senator Patricia H. Vance (R-31) retired and Senator Lloyd K. Smucker (R-13) was elected to Congress.

Americans for Prosperity – Pennsylvania Green Legislative Torchbearer
I’m honored to have received recognition as a Green Legislative Torchbearer by Americans for Prosperity – Pennsylvania for my “A” grade on the group’s Legislative Scorecard. Lawmakers were recognized for votes against overspending, among others.

Megan Martz Elected President of the University of Findlay Chemistry Club
Congratulations Megan Martz, of Middletown, who has been elected President of the Chemistry Club at the University of Findlay!

Governor’s Awards for Local Government Excellence
The Governor’s Awards for Local Government Excellence are presented to local government leaders who have demonstrated exceptional dedication to improving public services through innovative projects or initiatives. Nominations for the Awards can be submitted for one or more of the following categories by December 1st at dced.pa.gov/lgawards:
Building Community Partnerships
Responding to Adversity
Promoting Community/Economic Revitalization
Innovative Community/Governmental Initiatives
Fiscal Accountability and Best Management Practices
Innovative Planning and Sound Land Use Practices
Intergovernmental Cooperation
Information Technology
Health & Wellness Initiatives
Individual


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