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Taxes

February 28, 2017

The 2017–2018 budget process began with the Governor’s budget address and has continued with hearings of the House and Senate Appropriations Committee.[Read more...]

March 2017 Television Show

February 24, 2017

Senator Folmer visits 911 Rapid Response, an Annville, Lebanon County all-inclusive small business providing complete emergency vehicle installation services including emergency lights, sirens, custom decals, trailers, and much more, as well as a gun range, embroidery and seamstress shop, and an EMS apparel retail store, all under one roof.
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SB 7 (Taxpayer Protection Act)

February 7, 2017

Today, the PA Senate Finance Committee passed Senator Mike Folmer’s (R-48) Senate Bill 7, the “Taxpayer Protection Act”, which would limit the growth in state government spending.[Read more...]

Senate Bill 8 (Asset Forfeiture Reform) Press Release

January 31, 2017

Today, the PA Senate Judiciary Committee overwhelmingly passed Senator Mike Folmer (R-48) and Senator Joe Scarnati’s (R-25) Senate Bill 8, to reform Pennsylvania’s Asset Forfeiture Law.
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SB 9, SB 166, SB 167, SB 169

January 27, 2017

Senate State Government Committee - January 31, 2017
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February 2017 Television Show

January 26, 2017

Senator Mike Folmer visits the award winning LCCTC in celebration of February as Career and Technical Education Month. www.lcctc.edu
Lebanon County Career and Technology Center - Feb 2017[Read more...]

2017 Goals

January 19, 2017

I have a number of goals for the next two years of the 2017 – 2018 Legislative Session, beginning with implementation of Act 16 of 2016 – my medical marijuana initiative.[Read more...]

Eliminating School Property Taxes

January 3, 2017

As Senator Argall and I continue to push for elimination of school property taxes with passage of Senate Bill 76, I often think about the impact property has had throughout history.[Read more...]

The Electoral College

December 13, 2016

Several years ago, Dr. James Broussard, an esteemed Lebanon Valley College professor, testified at a time when the Senate was considering legislation to change how our Electoral College votes are determined.[Read more...]

Persistence Pays Off

November 9, 2016

President Calvin Coolidge once said: “nothing in this world can take the place of persistence.”[Read more...]

The Wizard of Oz

October 25, 2016

Toward the end of the classic movie “The Wizard of Oz,” the Wizard ostensibly grants Dorothy’s companions their wishes: the Scarecrow is given a diploma to prove knowledge, the Lion a medal to demonstrate courage, and the Tin Man receives a ticking heart-shaped watch.[Read more...]

SB 1334, HB 1348, HB 1968

October 18, 2016

Senate State Government Committee - October 19, 2016[Read more...]

The Impact of Small Reforms

October 17, 2016

One of the key principles of my “Promise to Pennsylvania” is improving state government openness, transparency, and accountability.[Read more...]

Protecting Property Rights

September 29, 2016

While I’m not an attorney, I have new respect for them as I worked to bring changes to Pennsylvania’s asset forfeiture law.
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SB 1340, SB 1344, HB 1872, HB 1959, HB 2107

September 23, 2016

Senate State Government Committee - September 27, 2016[Read more...]

Media Advisory: Free Pathways to Pardons Program on Sept. 14

September 9, 2016

State Senator Mike Folmer, along with Lt. Governor Mike Stack as Chairman of the Board of Pardons, will be holding a Pathways to Pardons program on Wednesday, September 14, 2016 beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Lebanon YMCA, 201 North 7th Street, Lebanon.[Read more...]

September 2016 Television Show

September 6, 2016

Senator Folmer visits Paramount Sports Complex in Annville, Lebanon County, which has gymnastics and fitness centers, a climbing wall, pre-school, and more, and also features a Ninja Warrior Training Course offering obstacles based upon NBC's American Ninja Warrior.
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A History of Protecting Religious Rights and Freedom of Conscience

September 6, 2016

Religious rights and protections for freedom of conscience were key principles in the founding of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.[Read more...]

Funding Education

August 29, 2016

In 2006, a “Costing-Out Study” called for a 50% increase in Pennsylvania’s basic education spending: at least $3.17 Billion more (to $6.02 Billion).[Read more...]

Midstate Jobs

August 10, 2016

Jobs and the economy are often the top issues of concern among citizens and many elected officials run for office promising to create jobs.[Read more...]

“Tax the Guy Behind the Tree”

July 27, 2016

Russell Long, US Senator from 1948 to 1987, once described tax reform as: “Don’t tax you. Don’t tax me. Tax the guy behind the tree.”[Read more...]

A Productive Session

July 15, 2016

While there are still a few remaining days in the 2015–2016 Legislative Session, I’m pleased with the progress on a number of my legislative initiatives.[Read more...]

Reforms Through the Courts

July 6, 2016

One of the first reforms I introduced to advance my “Promise to Pennsylvania” was my “Voters’ Choice Act” to eliminate unfair hurdles to ballot access for minor party and independent candidates.[Read more...]

SB 413, SB 1313, SR 394

June 24, 2016

Senate State Government Committee - June 28, 2016[Read more...]

The Difficulties of Eliminating School Property Taxes

June 24, 2016

Several advocates for the elimination of school property taxes have asked us where efforts to rid taxpayers of this hated tax currently stand.[Read more...]

Standing with Taxpayers

June 14, 2016

Consider the many federal, state, county, and municipal taxes and fees we pay, which include: taxes on amusements, capital gains, cigarettes, corporations, earned income, services, estates, gas, liquor, sales, per capita, personal income, personal property, property, realty transfers, Social Security, telephone calls, utilities, and unemployment.[Read more...]

SB 170, HB 2034, HB 2035

June 13, 2016

Senate State Government Committee - June 15, 2016[Read more...]

Senate Bill 413

June 9, 2016

Senate State Government Committee - June 14, 2016
 
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When Government Goes Beyond its Boundaries

June 2, 2016

The preamble to the United States Constitution lists five basic functions of government: (1) to form a more perfect union, (2) insure domestic tranquility, (3) provide for the common defense, (4) promote the general welfare, and (5) secure the blessings of liberty.[Read more...]

Nomination of Harry Gamble for Board of Claims

June 1, 2016

Senate State Government Committee - June 8, 2016
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Public hearing on the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission

June 1, 2016

Senate State Government Committee - June 7, 2016
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A Week to Remember

May 17, 2016

In his Gettysburg Address, President Lincoln said: “The world will little note, nor long remember, what we say here, but can never forget what they did here.”[Read more...]

Spring TV Program

May 10, 2016

April 17, 2016 marked the historic signing of Senate Bill 3, the Medical Marijuana Act, and is the focus of this month's Community Report with Senator Mike Folmer.
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To Address the recent Executive Orders by the Governor

May 9, 2016

Senate State Government Committee - May 11, 2016
 
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Senate Bills 1232, 1192, 1205,1225 House Bill 1205 and 1653

May 5, 2016

Senate State Government Committee - May 10, 2016


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Another Step Toward Reform

May 3, 2016

In the year since being named chairman of the Senate State Government Committee, I’ve worked hard to advance reforms that are consistent with my “Promise to Pennsylvania”: legislative and political reforms, tax and spending reforms, and labor law and legal reforms.[Read more...]

Passing Medical Cannabis into Law

April 20, 2016

When I was running for the Senate – and again after I was elected – people would ask me: “Mike, how are you going to deal with issues where what you’re voting conflicts with your values?”[Read more...]

Medical Marijuana Bill Signing

April 17, 2016

Prime Sponsor of Senate Bill 3, Senator Mike Folmer shares his remarks at the historic bill signing medical marijuana into law today at the State Capitol Building in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
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Senator Folmer: Amendments to Senate-Passed SB 3 Vital to Ensure Accessibility of Life-Saving Treatments

April 12, 2016

Calling the issue the biggest policy change in a decade, Senator Mike Folmer (R-48) said the amendments to Senate Bill 3, the legislation to legalize the medical use of cannabis, and its subsequent passage by the Senate are vital to ensure the workability and ease of access for those who need these life-saving treatments.
 
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Public hearing with Secretary of the Commonwealth Pedro Cortes

April 1, 2016

Senate State Government Committee - April 6, 2016
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Senate Bills 930 and 1154 and House Bills 826 and 1618

March 11, 2016

Senate State Government Committee - March 15, 2016
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March 2016 Television Show

March 4, 2016

This month Senator Folmer takes us on a behind the scenes tour of the treasures within the Pennsylvania State Capitol Complex, including a rare trip to the top of the dome.
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We Have a (Spending) Problem

February 19, 2016

Leaving the Governor’s budget address, I thought about a line from “Apollo 13”: “Houston, we have a problem”.[Read more...]

Senator Folmer responds to Governor Wolf’s proposed budget

February 9, 2016

Senator Folmer responds to Governor Wolf’s proposed budget, which calls for massive increases in taxes and spending.
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February 2016 Television Show

February 1, 2016

February is American Heart Month, so Senator Mike Folmer takes us to Lebanon YMCA for a Heart Healthy Soup demonstration with WellSpan Good Samaritan Hospital Executive Chef Trevor Sipe. WellLebanon.org
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Medical cannabis bill

January 27, 2016

 
My frustration continues with the lack of progress on Senate Bill 3, my medical cannabis bill.[Read more...]

Starting an Important Debate

January 27, 2016

Article I, Section 2 of Pennsylvania’s Constitution affirms: “All power is inherent in the people, and all free governments are founded on their authority and instituted for their peace, safety and happiness.[Read more...]

Medical cannabis bill

January 26, 2016

 
The Senate passed my medical cannabis bill, Senate Bill 3, nearly a year ago on May 12, 2015. Recently, I expressed my frustration with the lack of progress in getting this life saving legislation to the Governor’s desk.[Read more...]

HB 1484, SB 488, HB 153

January 15, 2016

Senate State Government Committee - January 20, 2016
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Can We REALLY Afford It?

January 8, 2016

Ronald Reagan once said: “The nearest thing to eternal life we will ever see on this earth is a government program."[Read more...]

A Small Step Toward Reform

December 22, 2015

Soon after being elected, I started working to implement my “Promise to Pennsylvania:” legislative and political reforms, tax and spending reforms, and labor law and legal reforms.[Read more...]

December 2015 Television Show

December 9, 2015

 
Senator Folmer visits the East Central Division of the American Cancer Society in Lebanon, Pennsylvania.[Read more...]

The Failures of Local Tax Reform

December 2, 2015

People throughout the 48th Senatorial District have repeatedly told me school property taxes are their biggest headache and they want their elimination to be a top priority of the General Assembly.[Read more...]

Property Tax Independence Act.

November 24, 2015

 

Senator Folmer speaks in support of the Property Tax Independence Act.[Read more...]

Senate Resolution 248

November 20, 2015

Senate State Government Committee - November 23, 2015[Read more...]

Half the Story

November 16, 2015

During the ongoing budget impasse, most of the attention has been devoted to talk about increasing taxes. To me, this is just half the story as we need to find better ways to force government to live within its means.[Read more...]

SB 952, SB 1022, SB 1054, SB 1068, SB 1052, SR 215, SR 238

November 13, 2015

Senate State Government Committee - November 17, 2015[Read more...]

Budget Impasse Update

October 28, 2015

Senator Folmer talks about an effort by Senate Republicans to override Governor Wolf’s veto of an emergency budget passed last month by the General Assembly.

 
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Numbers Tell A Story

October 22, 2015

There have been some interesting arguments against my Senate Bill 869 and its goal of protecting people from losing their properties when they haven’t been charged or convicted of a crime.[Read more...]

New Online Voter Registration System

October 16, 2015

Senate State Government Committee - October 21, 2015

 
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Focus on ways to better spend and assess state government expenditures and programs

October 2, 2015

Senate State Government Committee and Senate Finance Committee - October 14, 2015
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Education or Indoctrination?

September 22, 2015

One of my Senate colleagues recently received the following email from a school superintendent using the school’s email system:[Read more...]

Budget Impasse

September 17, 2015


Senator Folmer discusses the budget impasse and Senate Republicans’ efforts to pass a stopgap funding measure.[Read more...]

Constitution Day

September 10, 2015

September 17 marks the 228th Anniversary of the signing of the United States Constitution: “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”[Read more...]

Voters’ Choice Act (SB 495)

September 3, 2015

Senate State Government Committee September 22, 2015
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Tax Increases and Tax Decreases

August 25, 2015

American author and humorist Peg Bracken (who also worked with Homer Groening, father of “The Simpson’s” creator Matt Groening) once asked: “Why does a slight tax increase cost you $200 and a substantial tax cut save you 30 cents?”[Read more...]

Joint Hearing on Performance Evaluation and Expenditure Review

August 13, 2015

Senate Finance Committee AND Senate State Government Committee - August 20, 2015
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Following Truman's Example

August 3, 2015

The budget impasse between Governor Wolf and the Legislature is about $3.6 Billion.[Read more...]

“It’s for the Kids”

July 22, 2015

One of the key differences in the ongoing budget impasse between the Governor and the General Assembly is the issue of education funding.[Read more...]

Fighting for Openness, Transparency & Accountability

July 8, 2015

One of the first questions anyone asks whenever making a large purchase or entering into a long-term contract is: “how much is it going to cost?”[Read more...]

Cannabis Contradictions

July 1, 2015

There have been a number of roadblocks in my ongoing journey to help Pennsylvania’s sick and suffering – especially children with seizures and veterans with PTSD – by bringing medical cannabis to the Commonwealth.[Read more...]

Senate Bill 411

June 30, 2015

Senate State Government Committee - June 30, 2015[Read more...]

Senate Bill 411

June 24, 2015

Senate State Government Committee - June 25, 2015[Read more...]

Civil Asset Forfeiture

June 19, 2015

Originally designed as a tool to divest drug kingpins of their ill-gotten fortunes, civil asset forfeiture is increasingly used to take homes, cars, and petty cash from ordinary Pennsylvanians.[Read more...]