Solomon: District residents please be advised. Governor Wolf extends Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program Application

(Jun 08, 2017)

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Solomon veterans registry bill approved by House committee

(Jun 07, 2017)

I am proud to announce that legislation that Rep. Matt Gabler and I have worked on has advanced from the House Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committee. I would like to thank Chairman Barrar, the members, and staff of the committee for their work and seeing the bill through. This is the first step to making sure that our veterans receive the support they deserve. The bill would empower the state Department of Military and Veterans Affairs to collaborate with other state agencies to increase the rolls of its veterans registry. It would also require these state agencies to provide veteran information to the department to be added to the registry. This registry would be used to inform Pennsylvania veterans of the state benefits, programs, and services that are available to them. The registry currently captures roughly 7,000 of the more than 894,000 veterans living in our Commonwealth. Less than 1 percent of all Pennsylvania veterans receive information on the resources and services that they may be eligible for. Veterans are more likely to face issues such as homelessness than their civilian counterparts. With nearly 40,000 homeless veterans throughout the United States, Pennsylvania ranks eighth in the nation. Veterans are more likely to face homelessness if they have a low-socioeconomic background, a mental disorder, or a history of substance abuse. We hope that this registry can help alleviate this important issue. As an Army JAG Reserve officer and your Read more

 

You're invited to a Town hall meeting May 13

(May 05, 2017)

State Rep. Jared Solomon, D-Phila., announced he will hold a town hall meeting to discuss the ongoing state budget negotiations, upcoming legislation and critical issues facing the Commonwealth and communities. The meeting will take place from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 13 at the New Olympia House, located at 7242 Castor Ave, Philadelphia. Read more

 

Solomon, Phillips-Hill Take Lead on Legislation Condemning Anti-Semitic Activity

(Mar 22, 2017)

HARRISBURG, March 22 – A resolution authored by state Reps. Jared Solomon (D-Philadelphia) and Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York Township) that denounces recent anti-Semitic activity in Pennsylvania and across the country was adopted unanimously today by the House. “The threats, vandalism and attacks on the Jewish community in York, across the Commonwealth and across the nation are unacceptable and must not be tolerated,” said Phillips-Hill. “In reacting to these acts of violence, we must realize the ability we have to create a better future. As elected officials, we can set the tone for the next generation in our actions.” House Resolution 161 condemns the bomb threats that were called into Jewish Community centers (including one in York) and the desecration of more than 100 tombstones at the Mt. Carmel cemetery in northeast Philadelphia. It also calls for the use of these incidents as an impetus for educating young people and adults throughout Pennsylvania about understanding and appreciating all people in our communities. “I have been encouraged by the outpouring of support from people in my district and throughout the state following the criminal vandalism at Mount Carmel Cemetery,” Solomon added. “We stand together in condemning these acts of hate and calling for cultural sensitivity training to ensure they never happen again.” A corresponding piece of legislation authored by state Sen. Scott Wagner (R-York) is Read more

 

Solomon: Acts of Hatred Have No Place in Pa.

(Mar 20, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Jared Solomon speaks about his resolution condemning the recent acts of antisemitism in his district and across Pennsylvania. Read more

 

Town Hall Meeting on March 11

(Mar 08, 2017)

Rep. Solomon will answer questions about Governor Tom Wolf’s proposed budget, legislation and other issues important to the 202nd District and its residents. Read more

 

Solomon Condemns Cemetery Vandalism

(Mar 01, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Jared Solomon held a press conference at the Mount Carmel Cemetery condemning the criminal vandalism that occurred there days earlier. Read more

 

Solomon Condemns 'Criminal Vandalism' at Mount Carmel Cemetery

(Feb 27, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA: Feb. 26 -- State Rep. Jared Solomon, D-Phila., issued the following statement in response to the criminal vandalism at Mount Carmel Cemetery. "I am truly shocked, saddened and outraged by the criminal vandalism that occurred at the Mount Carmel Cemetery today, in the Wissinoming part of my district. My heart goes out to the families who discovered the head stones of their loved ones desecrated by this act of hate and intolerance. After an act of such cowardice, I urge the perpetrators to do the brave thing and come forward and turn themselves in to the authorities. Should they not, I pledge to do everything in my power to help support the Philadelphia Police and the great officers of the 15th District in bringing them to justice. "For me representing the most diverse district in the Pennsylvania State Legislature that includes Mount Carmel, this heinous crime hits especially close to home. Just yesterday, I brought constituents of all races, religions, ethnicities and nationalities together for a hopeful forum about how to celebrate the rich diversity of our community. The energy was tangible, the ideas innovative, and the spirit warm and collaborative. We all left hopeful and committed to surmounting the barriers that too often divide us. "The juxtaposition of yesterday's hope and positivity with this morning's hate and prejudice underscores the scale of our task, and the resolve and determination we must have if we are to succeed. Read more

 

Working together to clean up Castor Avenue

(Feb 26, 2017)

On Feb. 26, I was joined by my Chief of Staff Andrew, staffers from Councilwoman Cherelle Parker’s office, and nearly 100 volunteers from the World Church of God to help clean up Castor Avenue. Check out these stats of our progress from the day: 3,012 pounds of trash = 1.506 tons of trash 81 bags of trash 14 bags of recyclables 95 bags total (plus a mattress, a tire, a suitcase and a bicycle) 77 volunteers from the Church of God on Castor Avenue (5 more back at the church, watching children and preparing lunch) 3 state leaders 2 people who were passing by and just stopped and started to help 82 total participants 2.3 miles covered on each side of the streets 4.6 linear miles covered Everyone was out at least 3 hours (not including travel time)... 3 x 77 = 231 person-hours of cleaning 231 hours = more than a week's worth of work by 1 sanitation employee or 1 day of work from 29 employees A great effort by everyone involved. Thanks! Read more

 

Discussion on immigration and diversity Feb. 25

(Feb 22, 2017)

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Solomon receives 2017-18 House committee assignments

(Jan 24, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 24 – State Rep. Jared Solomon, D-Phila., today announced that he has been appointed to serve on several key House standing committees for the 2017-2018 legislative session. House Democratic Leader Frank Dermody appointed the freshman legislator to the chamber’s Aging and Older Adult Services, Children and Youth, Education, State Government, and Tourism and Recreational Development committees for the 2017-18 legislative session. “As a new legislator, I am thrilled to represent the interests of my district on these important committees. From helping our children get the best start in life, to making sure our elderly are well taken care of later in life, and much in between, these committees are great platforms to help the people of Lower Northeast Philadelphia and the commonwealth as a whole,” Solomon said. “Education is a top priority of mine here in Harrisburg,” Solomon said. “I’m passionate about helping young people who are not on a college track to be afforded meaningful opportunities to develop their skills, career and employability. Hopefully my work on this integral committee will allow me to advance my ideas and work with colleagues on theirs.” Solomon said residents can stay up-to-date with his work in the legislature by signing up for his periodic e-mail updates through his website, www.PaHouse.com/Solomon. Solomon represents the 202nd Legislative District, which consists of a portion of Northeast Philadelphia. Read more

 

Solomon sworn in as state representative

(Jan 03, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 3 – State Rep. Jared Solomon, D-Phila., today was sworn into office as representative for the 202nd Legislative District during a ceremony at the Pennsylvania Capitol. Solomon welcomed over 100 guests to the Capitol for his swearing in ceremony. “I am honored to have been entrusted with the responsibility to serve as the people’s voice in Harrisburg,” Solomon said. “I was raised by my mother in Castor Gardens; she taught me the importance of giving back to my community. We have a lot of work to do and I cannot wait to work with everyone to move our neighborhood forward.” The Pennsylvania House of Representatives swearing-in corresponds with the first Tuesday in January, taking place every two years. This year is Pennsylvania’s 201st legislative session. Solomon’s legislative interests include improving business corridors, revitalizing infrastructure stock, addressing safety concerns in the neighborhood, providing opportunities for kids after school, and creating more jobs with higher wages to address local poverty issues. “While the work in Harrisburg is important, I am also ready to help the community right here in the district,” Solomon said. “My constituent service office staff is ready to help residents with any issue, including the Children's Health Insurance Program, PACE/PACENET prescription-drug coverage for seniors, the low-income heating assistance and much more." Read more

 

Solomon opens office in the 202nd Legislative District

(Dec 14, 2016)

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 14 – State Rep.-elect Jared Solomon, D-Phila., announced that his constituent service office for residents of the 202 nd Legislative District opened Dec. 1 and is ready to serve his constituents. The hours are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday; Saturday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m, and by appointment at 7012 Castor Ave., Philadelphia, 19149. The number is 215-342-6340. “My staff and I want to make government work for our constituents. We’ve set office hours that allow them to come visit us at their convenience,” Solomon said. “We were grateful to outgoing Representative Mark Cohen for his help in paving a smooth transition, allowing my staff and me to hit the ground running on December 1. “It is also great that we were able to keep the district office in a location that is familiar to the constituents of the 202 nd Legislative District here on Castor Avenue, which is such an important commercial corridor for our community.” Solomon will be sworn-in Tuesday, Jan. 3. Read more

 

PA Power Switch: Ask the right questions

(Dec 01, 2016)

In Pennsylvania, you can choose the company that generates your electricity – also known as your electric supplier. This means that you have the power to switch to a competing supplier who can offer the lowest price, or provide a specific service you want, such as “green” or renewable energy. All Pennsylvania residents have the right to choose their electric supplier, but your ability to switch depends on where you live. Competitive offers may not be available in all areas. PAPowerSwitch provides much of the information that you need. Before approving any agreement with a supplier, you should always read the contract thoroughly and understand the product you are purchasing, its price, when the contract ends, cancellation or other fees, and any other terms and conditions that apply, including if and when the price might change. As always, if you need more help or have questions about your situation, please contact my office . Read more

 

Pa. Treasury could be holding your unclaimed property

(Nov 30, 2016)

Each year, the Pennsylvania Treasury receives millions of dollars of unclaimed property. It is estimated that roughly one in 10 Pennsylvanians has unclaimed property. Unclaimed property may include: Closed bank accounts; Uncashed checks, including paychecks; Lost stocks and bonds; Contents of safe deposit boxes; Proceeds from the demutualization of insurance companies; Expired gift cards/gift certificates. To find out if you have unclaimed property, search your name in the Unclaimed Property database at www.patreasury.gov/Unclaimed/Search.html , call 1-800-222-2046, or contact my office . There is NO CHARGE to claim your unclaimed property. Read more

 

Sign up for the Do-Not-Call list

(Nov 30, 2016)

To register for the Pennsylvania and national do-not-call lists, visit Pennsylvania's Do-Not-Call list or call 1-888-777-3406. Registration is free. There is a rolling enrollment; individuals may sign up at any time and the registration is good for five years. After that, you can re-enroll. And, signing up on Pennsylvania's list automatically adds those numbers to the national do-not-call list. If you continue to receive unwanted telemarketing phone calls, complaints can be filed with the Bureau of Consumer Protection in the state Attorney General's Office by calling 1-800-441-2555. Violation of the law carries a civil penalty of up to $1,000 and as high as $3,000 if the person contacted is 60 or older. Please keep in mind that existing law does not prevent telemarketers from calling those with whom they had an established business relationship within 12 months preceding the call, or telemarketers calling on behalf of charities, political parties or candidates. Read more

 

Beware IRS phone scams

(Nov 29, 2016)

Recently, my office received information about phone calls received statewide in which an individual claimed to be from the IRS and demanded payment on taxes owed. Please be aware – this phone call is a scam, and the IRS will NOT initiate first contact with you on the phone about taxes owed. Always be wary of unsolicited phone calls in which an individual claims to represent a business or government entity and aggressively demands payment. The IRS does not operate this way and will always send official correspondence through the mail to make its first contact with you. Additionally, it is important for you to know that the IRS: Never asks for credit card, debit card or prepaid card information over the telephone; Never insists that taxpayers use a specific payment method to pay tax obligations; Never requests immediate payment over the telephone and will not take enforcement action immediately following a phone conversation. Taxpayers usually receive prior notification of IRS enforcement action involving IRS tax liens or levies. Consider the other characteristics of a scam. Scammers use fake names and IRS badge numbers. They generally use common names and surnames to identify themselves. Scammers may be able to recite the last four digits of a victim’s Social Security number. Scammers spoof the IRS toll-free number on caller ID to make it appear that it’s the IRS calling. Scammers sometimes send bogus IRS emails to some victims Read more

 

Weatherizing your home saves you money on energy bills

(Nov 29, 2016)

If you choose to have a professional home-energy audit and meet the requirements, you might qualify for the Pennsylvania’s Weatherization Assistance Program . Last year’s bitterly cold winter left many people struggling to pay higher-than-normal home energy bills. As we head toward the coldest months of the year, there are ways you can winterize your home to keep heat in, cold air out, and money in your pocket. Many businesses offer professional home energy audits, but you can perform your own by inspecting areas where heat escapes and cold air leaks in. One easy way to start is by locating air leaks. Common air leak locations include gaps along baseboards and doors to the outside, along with windows and junctures of the walls and ceiling. These leaks can sometimes be fixed by caulking holes and gaps or by applying weather stripping to doors and windows. It’s also easy to lose heat through poor insulation. Especially in older homes, insulation in attics and garages can wear down over time or simply not be adequate by today’s standards. Inspecting the quality and type of insulation you have and replacing it if necessary could keep your home much warmer during the winter and cooler during the summer. The type of light bulb you use can also save money on energy bills. Consider replacing inefficient bulbs with energy-saving incandescent bulbs, compact fluorescent lamps or light-emitting diodes (LEDs). If you choose to have a professional Read more

 

CHIP offers kids protection and parents peace of mind

(Nov 28, 2016)

Pennsylvania has a Children's Health Insurance Program that provides free and low-cost health insurance to children. CHIP is not welfare – it covers children of working parents whose employers don't offer coverage and who can't afford private insurance. If you can't afford health insurance for your children, chances are they are eligible for CHIP. What does CHIP cover? Immunizations Routine Check-ups Diagnostic Testing Prescriptions Dental, Vision, Hearing Services Emergency Care Maternity Care Mental Health Benefits Up to 90 Days Hospitalization in any Year Durable Medical Equipment Substance Abuse Rehabilitation Partial Hospitalization for Mental Health Rehabilitation Therapy Home Health Care Does my family qualify? The following factors are considered for a child's eligibility for CHIP: Must not be eligible for Medicaid or have any other health insurance. Must be under age 19. Must be a U.S. citizen or lawful alien. Must be a Pennsylvania resident for at least 30 days, except for a newborn. The family's income is below the following levels: Income guidelines: Family Size Free CHIP Subsidized CHIP* 2 $31,020 $31,021 - $46,530 3 $39,060 $39,061 - $58,590 4 $47,100 $47,101 - $70,650 5 $55,140 $55,141 - $82,710 6 $63,180 $63,181 - $94,770 7 $71,220 $71,221 - $106,830 8 $79,260 Read more

 

Check out charities before making holiday donations

(Nov 28, 2016)

While it may be the season for charitable giving, scammers don't take a holiday. The Pennsylvania Department of State offers a simple way to ensure a charity is legitimate and that your donation will be used properly. The Department of State's Charities Database contains a list of over 10,000 charities and professional fundraisers, their addresses, telephone numbers, total income and total contributions. In addition, the database breaks down costs for programming, administration and fundraising. In addition, the site provides helpful tips for charitable giving, such as hanging up on aggressive and harassing solicitors and asking who will benefit from your contribution. While not every charity is listed on the department's site, you can email or call the bureau about charities not on the list. The site also lists organizations that are prohibited by law from operating within the commonwealth, donation warnings and alerts issued by the state and federal government, and information on how to file a complaint. Read more