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House committee advances Solomon-Mehaffie bill to assist parents with child care decisions

(May 23, 2018)

HARRISBURG, May 23 – The House Children and Youth Committee today advanced bipartisan legislation, co-authored by state Reps. Thomas Mehaffie (R-Dauphin) and Jared Solomon (D-Philadelphia), which would help parents and caregivers with the difficult decision of which child care to send their children. House Bill 1742 would require all state-licensed child care centers to post their Keystone STARS rating in a prominent location, on their websites and in informational enrollment materials given to parents. “Parents are faced with dozens of decisions every day that impact the well-being of their child, their family and their family’s future,” Mehaffie said. “With this bill, we hope to make one of the more daunting choices a little easier by putting each facility’s quality rating front and center.” The Keystone STARS program, operated by the state Office of Child Development and Early Learning, sets quality requirements for early childhood educators based on a four-star rating system. All licensed child care centers that meet the state’s health and safety requirements are required to be part of the Keystone STARS system. The Keystone STARS performance standards are grouped into four levels. The standards address staff qualifications and professional development, early learning programs, partnerships with family and the community, and leadership and management. The lawmakers added that they hope the new display requirements Read more

 

House passes bill to create school-to-work pipeline

(Apr 16, 2018)

Since I was sworn into office, I pledged my commitment to establish a pipeline for young people from high school into stable, well-paying jobs in their communities, and help employers fill much-needed job vacancies that, if left unfilled, hamper productivity and profitability. Today, I celebrate the passage of H.B. 25, which would create CareerBound, a program to strengthen the connection between Pennsylvania’s students and the next generation of high-priority careers. I commend my colleague Rep. Ryan Mackenzie for his leadership and hard work to get this legislation passed. This strategy would unveil the potential of strong partnerships between businesses and schools, help students develop critical skills for success in the workplace and expose students to career options, including possibilities they might not have otherwise encountered. Under CareerBound, local workforce investment boards, businesses and schools would work together to develop innovative school-to-work programs. These joint ventures would expose students to an array of career opportunities, including career expos, job shadowing, internships and other career-education integration initiatives. Read more

 

Keeping the 202nd District litter-free

(Mar 22, 2018)

Last weekend, I helped organize a major cleanup effort at Tarken Recreation Center. I partnered with the WeLoveYou Foundation to provide them with the supplies they needed to get the job done. Before: After: Keeping our communities clean, safe and free of litter is a major priority of mine – from the beautification project I participated in at Tarken in December to my street-cleaning pilot program. It has been proven that a clean community often deters violence and crime. I will continue to work so that community centers like Tarken are safe spaces for our children and families. Read more

 

Combating hate and expanding opportunities in Northeast Philadelphia

(Mar 12, 2018)

Dear Friend: A year ago I worked to bring our community together in the face of two distressing and shocking incidents. The first when someone cowardly and callously knocked over and desecrated hundreds of Jewish headstones at the historic Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Wissinoming. The second when our President attempted to bar refugees and immigrants from our country solely because of where they were born or the God they worshiped. For my first major event as your State Representative, I convened the first of a series of legislative summits on immigration and refugees to have an organized dialogue – informed by experts and advocates in the field – around how we as a community can embrace our diversity, and how I as a legislator can push ideas in Harrisburg that can make our state one that fosters tolerance, equality and opportunity for all, no matter where you were born. I promised you when you attended that event that I would update you on what I am doing thanks to your ideas and input that day. I am proud of the steps we have made together so far and hopeful for those we will take in the near future: Bipartisan, Statewide Condemnation of Cemetery Vandalism : I led a bipartisan effort to pass a unanimous resolution in both chambers of the Pennsylvania Legislature condemning the vandalism at Mt. Carmel ( H.R. 161 and S.R. 44 ). Cultural Sensitivity Training in Schools : At my Legislative Summit and at town halls following the Mt. Carmel Read more

 

Solomon to host job fair March 10

(Mar 01, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, March 1 – In an effort to bring job opportunities to the people of northeast Philadelphia, state Rep. Jared Solomon is hosting an event for people to connect with potential employers. The job fair will take place from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 10 at The Bustleton Learning Center, 6600 Bustleton Ave., 19149. Solomon said representatives from local businesses, PA CareerLink, city and state government, unions and recruiters will be in attendance to meet with people looking for work. “Finding employment can be a frustrating process. There are so many ways to go about it that sometimes a person isn’t able to find the right opportunity,” Solomon said. “I am hoping to change that with my job fair; it’s a great one-stop shop to help people get back to work.” Solomon added that he and his staff will be on hand to provide information about state programs and services. For more information, call Solomon’s office at (215) 342-6340. Read more

 

Solomon Strengthening Business Corridors

(Feb 27, 2018)

Pa. state Rep. Jared Solomon announced a Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP) grant for the Oxford Circle Christian Community Development Association to improve the business corridors in the Castor, Cottman and Bustleton Ave. areas in Northeast Philadelphia. Read more

 

Solomon announces $40,000 grant to strengthen business corridors in northeast Philadelphia

(Feb 27, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 27 – In his ongoing effort to strengthen lower northeast Philadelphia’s commercial corridors and support local business owners, state Rep. Jared Solomon, D-Phila., announced a $40,000 grant for a local community development corporation. Solomon announced that the state awarded funds to the Oxford Circle Christian Community Development Association during a news conference Tuesday at Castor and Hellerman streets. The money comes from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development’s Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP). It is the first NAP grant ever to lower northeast Philadelphia. “Supporting the business corridors of my district – Castor, Bustleton, and Cottman avenues – has been a top priority since I became a state representative,” Solomon said. “I congratulate the leadership of the Oxford Circle CCDA in obtaining these grant funds from DCED and hope many more state dollars will come to support this community.” The grant is made possible through the NAP tax credit, in which businesses – in this case M&T Bank along with Kinder Academy – donate to the Oxford Circle CCDA and in return get a tax credit on state business taxes equal to 75 percent of their contribution. Solomon joined representatives from the OCCCDA, M&T Bank, Kinder Academy, Castor Bustleton Cottman Business Association and DCED at today’s event. Read more

 

Solomon applauds workforce development efforts in Wolf’s budget proposal

(Feb 06, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 6 – State Rep. Jared Solomon, D-Phila., released the following statement on the governor’s budget address. “I commend Governor Wolf for announcing investments in many pressing areas that are both vital for Pennsylvania and for my constituents in Philadelphia. But two items I was particularly thrilled to see in today’s budget address were $50 million for workforce development and the unveiling of a so-called “One-Stop Shop” for businesses.” “I’ve been fighting for both items in my first year in the legislature, introducing my Schools to Workforce Pipeline Act ( H.B. 1522 ) and PA Business Portal ( H.B. 1209 ). I look forward to working closely with the governor’s team and my colleagues to advance these paramount priorities during the budget discussions to come, so that we can transform how we prepare our young people for their careers and support the many businesses that will employ them.” Read more

 

Solomon Seeking Landlord-Tenant Solutions

(Feb 02, 2018)

Pa. state Rep. Jared Solomon hosted the House Democratic Policy Committee to his Northeast Philadelphia district to discuss strengthening the relationships between landlords or owners and tenants by tightening up decades-old laws and delineating responsibilities for both parties. Read more

 

2/1/18 – Landlord-Tenant Issues – Philadelphia

(Feb 02, 2018)

Materials from roundtable discussion hosted by State Rep. Jared Solomon. Read more

 

Landlord-tenant issues focus of Solomon’s Policy Committee roundtable

(Feb 01, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 1 – State Rep. Jared Solomon today a hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee roundtable discussion at the Philadelphia Protestant Home to clarify landlord-tenant relationships. Solomon noted the importance of the topic in relation to House Democrats’ Plan4PA and efforts to put people first. He was joined by state legislators from across the state, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, to learn how absentee landlords can be held accountable for maintenance of their properties and how to clarify landlord-tenant relationships to ensure both parties are aware of rights, responsibilities, and obligations. “We want to strengthen the relationship between landlords and tenants so that we can put people first and make sure these relationships are mutually beneficial. I’m thankful for the opportunity to host today’s Plan4PA Policy Committee discussion that will help us find legislative solutions that ensure protections for both parties and give recourse when one party doesn’t keep up their agreement,” said Solomon, D-Phila. Sturla added, “The relationship between landlords and tenants should be clearly defined when entering into rental agreements. When either party fails to hold up their end of the bargain, we have to be sure there are policies in place that protect each party. Clarifying the roles, responsibilities and obligations is an important part of the process and I’m glad Read more

 

Landlord-tenant legal clinic

(Jan 31, 2018)

Landlord-tenant legal clinic Read more

 

Solomon to host House Democratic Policy Committee roundtable on landlord-tenant issues Thursday in Philadelphia

(Jan 30, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 30 – As part of House Democrats’ Plan4PA and efforts to put people first, state Rep. Jared Solomon, D-Phila., will host a House Democratic Policy Committee roundtable to discuss landlord-tenant issues, The hearing will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 1 at the Philadelphia Protestant Home, 6401 Martins Mill Road, Philadelphia. The media and public are invited to attend. Solomon will be joined by policy experts and state legislators, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, to learn how absentee landlords can be held accountable for maintenance of their properties and how to clarify landlord-tenant relationships to ensure both parties are aware of rights, responsibilities, and obligations. The current agenda is: 10:00 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks 10:10 a.m. Discussion with Panelists: Rebecca Corcoran Swanson, planning director, City of Philadelphia Department of Licenses & Inspections Phil Lord, executive director, Tenant Union Representative Network Christine Young Gertz, director of government affairs, PA Apartment Association-East Tom Giles , Board of Directors Member for Diversified Investors Group (DIG) and member of Pennsylvania Residential Owners Association George Donnelly, Langer, Grogan & Diver Social Justice Fellow, The Public Interest Law Center George Gould, senior attorney, Community Legal Services of Philadelphia 11:50 a.m. Closing Remarks Visit Read more

 

Creating good jobs: Apprenticeship grants available

(Jan 29, 2018)

I believe strongly that we need to do a much better job providing a path to employment and family-sustaining careers for all young people, whether you go to college or not. Fighting for this has been a top priority since I got to Harrisburg. That is why I introduced legislation ( H.B. 1522 ) that would encourage investments in our youth when they enter high school. My bill urges schools and local businesses to provide young people with work-based learning opportunities, apprenticeships and jobs. Along those lines, I am thrilled that the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development started offering grant opportunities that support this effort through its Pre-Apprentice and Apprenticeship Grant Program. This program gives assistance to registered pre-apprentice and apprenticeship programs, with a goal of increasing apprenticeship availability to help Pennsylvania employers. The grants can be used to cover expenses related to the instruction that complements on-the-job learning. Proposals will be accepted from: Single employers or employer consortiums Workforce development boards Economic development organizations Labor organizations Local career technical education institutions Community colleges Community organizations or associations Talk to your colleagues at your job to see if they can step up to this important program, or get together with your civic association and see how you can participate. Click here to learn how to Read more

 

Solomon Solving Landlord-Tenant Issues

(Jan 26, 2018)

In his fight to iron out issues between landlords and tenants, Pa. state Rep. Jared Solomon is hosting two free events aimed at clearing up confusion about responsibility between the two parties and pursuing legislative ways to prevent future disputes from happening. Read more

 

Sign up now for SEPTA Key Reduced Fare Card

(Jan 18, 2018)

As of Jan. 16, SEPTA no longer accepts Medicare and Railroad Retirement cards for free or reduced-fare rides . Riders with disabilities who have not yet registered with SEPTA for the Reduced Transit Fare Program for Persons with Disabilities should do so as soon as possible. The only forms of identification that will be accepted for reduced-fare service on all SEPTA Routes will be the SEPTA Key Reduced Fare Card or the Paper Pennsylvania Reduced Transit Fare ID Card (green card). To get your SEPTA Key Reduced Fare Card, you can: Fill out an application at my office or download the form here . Take the application with your Medicare card to SEPTA. You also can attend one of the following Reduced Fare Application and Outreach events in Philadelphia in February: Wednesday, Feb. 7 – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Frankford Transportation Center Wednesday, Feb. 28 – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Frankford Transportation Center If you have any questions about this email or any state-related matter, please call my office at 215-342-6340 or stop by to see us in person at 7012 Castor Ave. We’re open Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturdays 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Read more

 

Solomon’s veterans registry bill becomes law

(Dec 22, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 22 – State Rep. Jared Solomon, D-Phila., today stood by Gov. Tom Wolf as he signed Solomon’s legislation into law that will help Pennsylvania veterans receive federal, state and local benefits. House Bill 1231, now Act 69 of 2017, will expand the existing Department of Military and Veterans Affairs registry’s reach by bringing other agencies into the process of identifying veterans who stand to benefit. Currently, the DMVA manages an online registry that lists more than 10,000 veterans, but that number is still significantly less than the 894,000 veterans living in Pennsylvania. “This law will ensure the hundreds of thousands of veterans in Pennsylvania who are potentially missing out on the opportunities and benefits others are receiving through the DMVA registry get the help they deserve,” Solomon said. “It will make more people aware of the existing one-stop shop for our veterans and their loved ones that allows them to discover programs and services that they may not have previously been aware of. The law also will help veterans, their families and support workers get access to important benefits that support them.” Solomon added this bipartisan effort was first co-sponsored by state Rep. Matt Gabler, R-Clearfield/Elk. “This is not a Democratic issue or a Republican issue,” Solomon stated. “Veterans served, and risked everything to protect our freedom and our country, so we all need to Read more

 

State Reps. Miller, Rabb, Sims and Solomon call for prompt action in wake of sexual harassment allegations in Harrisburg

(Dec 22, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 22 – State Reps. Dan Miller, D-Allegheny, Chris Rabb, Brian Sims and Jared Solomon, all D-Phila., today issued the following statement and call for action in the wake of sexual harassment allegations in the Pennsylvania legislature. “The recent reports and allegations emanating from Harrisburg are deeply troubling. For too long, stories of inappropriate behavior have been kept hush-hush, universally acknowledged but rarely acted upon,” the lawmakers wrote to legislative leaders. “It is simply insulting to the character of our Commonwealth that women have to whisper warnings to each other about which legislators they should avoid. In addition, the level of professional harm that far too many women have endured is incalculable. It is vital that we as male legislators reflect on our role in either perpetuating this culture in Harrisburg or analyze our as yet unsuccessful efforts to end it. “It seems rather basic. If you grope someone, you are unfit for office. If you expose yourself to someone, you are unfit for office. If you condition employment or in any way use your office to intimidate or coerce someone into doing something inappropriate, if you are more interested in how a woman looks rather than her skills for the job, you are unfit for office. And, to no less of a degree, if you are silent when such incidents of discrimination and assault occur in front of you, then you are unfit for office. None of these personal Read more

 

Solomon’s veterans registry bill passes the Senate, heads to governor

(Dec 13, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 13 – State Rep. Jared Solomon, D-Phila., said he is thrilled that the Senate unanimously passed his legislation that would help Pennsylvania veterans receive federal, state and local benefits. It now awaits Gov. Tom Wolf’s signature. House Bill 1231 would expand the existing Department of Military and Veterans Affairs registry’s reach by bringing other agencies into the process of identifying veterans who stand to benefit. Currently, the DMVA manages an online registry that lists more than 10,000 veterans, but that number is still significantly less than the 894,000 veterans living in Pennsylvania. “There are hundreds of thousands of veterans in Pennsylvania who are potentially missing out on the opportunities and benefits others are receiving through the DMVA registry,” Solomon said. “That’s unacceptable and that’s why this legislation is so crucial.” This bipartisan effort was first co-sponsored by state Rep. Matt Gabler, R-Clearfield/Elk. “This is not a Democratic issue or a Republican issue,” Solomon explained. “This is simply an issue of ensuring these brave individuals, who put their lives on the line for our freedom, are given the treatment they undoubtedly deserve.” The legislation passed the House in June. Read more

 

Rep. Solomon Fall 2017 Newsletters

(Dec 01, 2017)

Read the Castor Gardens & Oxford Circle edition here . Read the Lawncrest & Burholme edition here . Read the Wissinoming edition here . Read more