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Solomon Works To Create Pathways To Family Sustaining Careers

Solomon’s Workforce Development Bill Heads To Governor

(Sep 26, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Jared Solomon’s workforce development legislation is heading to the governor’s desk after passing the House. He joined Rep. Kate Klunk to explain why this bi-partisan bill is critical in helping connect young folks with good paying jobs across the commonwealth. Read more

 

The Mayor of The Northeast

(Sep 18, 2019)

Rep. Jared Solomon's efforts to turn an old church into a community center meant going beyond the role of traditional politics. Why can’t we see more of that? Read more

 

Solomon Explains Importance Of America 250 PA Commission

(Sep 18, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Jared Solomon, Governor Tom Wolf and other Pennsylvania leaders kicked off the America 250 PA Commission. The commission will play an important role in welcoming visitors from across the country and around the world to celebrate America’s 250th birthday in the commonwealth. Read more

 

Trinity Church Oxford Parish House will be home to Kinder Academy, future Philadelphia PAL state-of-the-art facility

(Sep 16, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 13 – State Rep. Jared Solomon, D-Phila., today joined community leaders at the historic Trinity Church Oxford Parish House to announce that Kinder Academy will call the Parish House home and that the Philadelphia Police Department Police Athletic League plans to move into a state-of-the-art facility to be built at the property. “From the Parish House facing demolition two years ago, to now, with the site’s future and historic preservation ensured – what a journey it has been,” Solomon said. “I am so happy to have been part of the effort to preserve this beautiful and historic Parish House and green space. And I am thrilled that Trinity Church Oxford is providing the means to enrich the lives of our children, through Kinder Academy’s services and through the future PAL program.” Stephanie Wein, Clean Water and Conservation Advocate with PennEnvironment, said, “We’re grateful to Representative Solomon for the work he has invested to find occupants for this property that will allow it to remain green space. We couldn’t be happier that this historic space has been preserved.” Leslie Spina, Executive Director of Kinder Academy stated, “as Kinder Academy enters its 25th year of providing high-quality early childhood education to the children and families of Philadelphia, we are excited to partner with the Vestry at Trinity Church Oxford, the Read more

 

Solomon Stands Up Against Gun Violence

(Aug 16, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Jared Solomon joined federal, state, and local leaders to stand up against gun violence in response to the recent mass shooting in North Philadelphia. He explains the strategy needed to protect the commonwealth. Read more

 

Philadelphia House Delegation applauds $2.5 million increase for Attorney General’s Gun Violence Task Force

(Jul 12, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, July 12 – As the state budget came to a close in late June, members of the House Philadelphia Delegation were able to increase funding, by $2.5 million, for Philadelphia’s Gun Violence Task Force, said state Rep. Jason Dawkins, the delegation’s chairman. “Gun violence is a public health crisis in Philadelphia, and I am proud that my colleagues and I were able to help increase funding for this program within the attorney general’s office,” Dawkins said. These funds will help make our communities safer and will help provide the tools we need to stop the shootings.” The Gun Violence Task Force is a program within the attorney general’s office that targets gun traffickers and gets illegal guns off the street in Philadelphia. The attorney general has also been granted the ability to prosecute straw purchases or sales, or felons who possess firearms. Members of the delegation supported these changes on a statewide level, so that all 67 counties would be able to use every resource available to combat the epidemic of gun violence. With this focus on Philadelphia, it’s the hope of the delegation that the attorney general and Philadelphia District Attorney continue to work together to utilize every available opportunity to combat this problem. “This is an issue that requires all hands on deck to come up with real solutions. We must get the illegal guns off the street and provide our young people with Read more

 

Solomon on budget vote

(Jun 25, 2019)

When my colleagues and I announced the Philadelphia Platform for this legislative session, we said that poverty was the biggest issue we needed to address and that we would fight for dozens of proposals that could bend poverty to our collective will. Specifically, we put forward four policy planks that we feel can do that: Workforce Development & Education, Commercial Corridors, Criminal Justice, and Infrastructure and Exports. If we use those planks as a report card, this budget in my view gets the following marks: Workforce and Education: A- . With an increase for education across the board (Pre-K, K-12, Higher Ed., and Special Education) this budget has historic investments to give people a strong educational foundation, which is crucial to getting out of poverty. It also continues high investment in innovative workforce development proposals that I have been pushing for that help kids and adults learn skills that put them on the path to a family-sustaining career. Commercial Corridors: D. There is nothing in this budget beyond what’s previously been approved to support commercial corridors in the way we laid out in our plan. Criminal Justice : B. I led the charge to get $2.5 million more in this budget for the Gun Violence Task Force to tackle the scourge of illegal guns and gun violence in the city. There’s also a near-doubling in the budget for the Board of Pardons, and more support for probation and parole officers to reduce caseloads. Read more

 

Solomon’s School To Work Program Added To Senate Bill

(Jun 20, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Jared Solomon is applauding his colleagues for unanimously adding his Schools to Work Program to Senate Bill 89. He explains how this change will help pave the way for innovative pre-apprenticeship programs across the commonwealth. Read more

 

Solomon Works To Create Pathways To Family Sustaining Careers

(Jun 17, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Jared Solomon's legislation that would change the way our young people are prepared for the working world was unanimously passed out of committee. He talks about the benefits of our schools and businesses working together to strengthen our communities. Read more

 

You’re invited to my Town Hall and Health Fair

(Jun 10, 2019)

Please join us at the Lawncrest Recreation Center for a Town Hall and Health Fair. You can learn about state and local services that could benefit you and your family, as well as talk with me about any concerns you may have. When: Saturday, June 15 Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Where: Lawncrest Recreation Center, 6000 Rising Sun Ave., 19111 I hope to see you there! Read more

 

Solomon Discusses Election Reform

(Jun 04, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Jared Solomon discussed his comprehensive election reform proposal during a meeting in Harrisburg. He explains why his plan is critical for voters across the commonwealth. Read more

 

Fund Our Facilities Coalition announces legislation to improve Philadelphia school buildings

(May 31, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA – This week, the Fund Our Facilities Coalition, of which state Rep Jared Solomon D-Phila., is a member, announced a legislative package to be introduced by state Sen. Vincent Hughes that would invest $85 million to make critical repairs to Philadelphia’s school buildings. The dollar amount represents exactly half of the $170 million the coalition has said is needed to address immediate health and safety concerns, and to ensure every Philly school building is safe, clean and healthy. “Our Philadelphia Platform acknowledges the importance of securing more funds for our schools,” Solomon said. “It’s vital that students are able to learn in a safe, hazard-free environment. I’m honored to be a part of the coalition that is helping to make this a reality.” Hughes’ bills, S.B. 555 and S.B. 556, present two different options for funding the repairs through the Department of Education. Senate Bill 555 would establish a program funded from several Commonwealth special funds with outstanding balances. Senate Bill 556 would establish a program funded from the current state budget surplus. State Rep. Elizabeth Fiedler, D-Phila., plans to introduce companion legislation in the House, as well. The legislation calls for school districts to use the grant funding solely for the kinds of emergency repairs identified by the Fund Our Facilities Coalition. These include: lead and asbestos abatement or Read more

 

Diversity is not just tolerating different cultures, it’s embracing them

(May 08, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Jared Solomon joined colleagues to roll out their Beyond Safe Schools iniative that invests in the safety of students. He explains why cultural sensitivity training for students fits into this plan. Read more

 

McCarter, Solomon host successful conversation with veterans

(Apr 16, 2019)

HARRISBURG, April 16 – State Reps. Steve McCarter and Jared Solomon hosted “A Conversation with Veterans” on Saturday at Salus University in Elkins Park as an opportunity for the legislators to hear directly about the daily experiences and ongoing concerns of our military service members. The goal: to find meaningful solutions to the problems veterans face in areas of health, finances, education and employment. The members noted that life after military service presents significant challenges, including embarking on new career paths, finding housing, pursuing further education, coping with unfamiliar civilian demands and addressing psychological fallout – such as PTSD, survivor’s guilt, depression and substance abuse – from traumatic experiences. “There are many things in Pennsylvania we have done to try to help the veteran population; at the same time, we know there are probably a hundred more things that we have not yet addressed,” said McCarter, D-Montgomery. “We are trying to pinpoint veterans’ needs and concerns so we can identify what we can do in Pennsylvania to help their situations.” Said Solomon, D-Phila., “The experience of a deployed service member is such a unique one that a lot of people in our society really can’t comprehend what that is about. One of the reasons for this event was to get service members to speak openly about that experience, then we in the legislature Read more

 

Solomon joins in ‘Zero Waste PA’ bill package to address single-use plastics, litter and a ‘throwaway’ society

(Apr 10, 2019)

HARRISBURG, April 10 – State Rep. Jared Solomon today joined other lawmakers and PennEnvironment to announce a package of bills aimed at addressing single-use plastics, pervasive issues of litter and the various environmental harms caused by a "throwaway" society. Legislation in the “Zero Waste PA” package works to address issues created by a disposable society including single-use plastics such as straws, plastic bags and Styrofoam takeout food containers, electronic waste, funding Pennsylvania’s recycling programs and more. “Walk through parts of Philadelphia and you will find yourself wading through trash and litter,” said Rep. Jared Solomon, D-Phila. “Through the efforts put forth in this package of bills, we can eradicate this waste at the source and make our neighborhoods cleaner and safer for all.” “Every day, unwitting Pennsylvanians are barraged with products that we’re expected to purchase and use, and then throw away. Only, there is no ‘away,’” said PennEnvironment Executive Director David Masur. “Instead, it ends up in landfills where it can cause water pollution, in incinerators that cause air pollution, or blowing around in our neighborhoods in the form of litter. Nothing we use for a few minutes should pollute our environment, neighborhoods, rivers and oceans for centuries to come.” The measures that would be addressed in the package include: Read more

 

Solomon Introduces Proposal To Hold Elected Officials Accountable

(Mar 26, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Jared Solomon joined colleagues to introduce a proposal to give a voice back to voters and better hold elected officials accountable. He explained his plan during a news conference in Harrisburg. Read more

 

Solomon to announce recall amendment

(Mar 22, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Mar. 22 – State Rep. Jared Solomon, D-Phila., today said he will hold a press conference at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 26 on the Lt. Governor’s balcony in the state Capitol to announce the proposal of an amendment to the state constitution allowing for voter recall of elected state, local and judicial officials in Pennsylvania. “We’ve seen that sometimes, an elected official violates the trust we have placed in them as voters; sometimes things so egregious that the voters should be allowed the chance to take action,” Solomon said. “I plan to talk about a constitutional amendment I am introducing that would allow Pennsylvania voters the chance to recall an elected local or state official from office.” Solomon will be joined by co-sponsors of the amendment, as well as supporters such as the Committee of 70, Common Cause and the League of Women Voters, Philadelphia. The Pennsylvania Constitution does not provide for the recall of state or local elected officials. While public officials can be removed by impeachment and certain “civil officers” (with the exception of governor, lieutenant governor, members of the General Assembly and judges) can be removed by a process outlined in Article VI, section 7 of the Pennsylvania Constitution, there is no recall in the Commonwealth. Solomon's proposed amendment, while allowing for recall in state, local, and judicial offices, would not outline the specific Read more

 

Solomon Honors The WeLoveU Foundation

(Mar 19, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Jared Solomon honored the WeLoveU Foundation for their dedication to serving local families and revitalizing his neighborhoods. He explains why strong community partners are so important to his residents. Read more

 

Solomon co-sponsors bipartisan Schools to Workplace Pipeline Act

(Mar 19, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Mar. 19 – State Rep. Jared Solomon, D-Phila., has teamed up with state Reps. Kate Klunk, R-York, and Aaron Bernstine, R-Beaver/Butler/Lawrence, to introduce legislation that would allow high school students to obtain real-world work experience while still in school. “In a scenario like this, we all are winners,” Solomon said. “Our students get the experience and qualifications they need to step into a career after graduation, and local businesses reap the rewards of a well-trained workforce. I’m very proud to stand beside my colleagues Representatives Klunk and Bernstine in support of this pilot program, which we hope to spread all across the Commonwealth.” House Bill 796 would establish a pilot program to encourage schools and local businesses to collaborate to provide work-based learning opportunities for high school students. Solomon noted that one of the goals of the program is to familiarize students with all after-graduation options. The pilot program is based off a successful partnership in southcentral Pennsylvania between the Hanover Area Chamber of Commerce, numerous Hanover-area businesses, the Hanover Public School District and South Western School District. “The Hanover area is at the forefront of apprenticeship programs, and this initiative would propel it, and programs elsewhere in the Commonwealth, forward,” said Klunk, whose district includes Hanover. Through their program, businesses Read more

 

Solomon Discusses Term Limits For Lawmakers

(Mar 12, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Jared Solomon participated in a news conference to discuss how implementing term limits for House and Senate members would restore public trust in our political system. Read more