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Solomon Takes First Step to Stop Royal Farms

(Aug 09, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 9 – State Rep. Jared Solomon, D-Phila., today in partnership with the Preservation Alliance of Greater Philadelphia, announced that he had taken initial steps to preserve the historic buildings at 6901 Rising Sun Ave., site of a popular former Police Athletic League center and of a proposed Royal Farms store. Surrounded by community leaders, Solomon and Preservation Alliance President Paul Steinke heralded the submittal of a nomination to the Philadelphia Historic Register of the buildings at Longshore and Rising Sun avenues. This nomination at least temporarily and potentially permanently places the buildings under the jurisdiction of the Philadelphia Historical Commission and prevents their demolition. “These buildings are unlike any other on Rising Sun Avenue and occupy a special place in the hearts of the people of Lawndale and Northeast Philadelphia as a whole,” Solomon said. “I am grateful for the immense work of the Preservation Alliance in researching and submitting this nomination. "I am all for development in Lower Northeast Philadelphia, but it needs to respect the interests, character and history of the community. Razing these historic buildings to put in a gas station doesn’t cut it. This is one of the few green spaces in our neighborhood and presents the possibly of business corridor development that can move our neighborhood forward. We are here to work closely with Councilwoman Cherelle Parker, Read more


Solomon to sponsor Small Business Summit in Philly

(Jul 10, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, July 10 – State Rep. Jared Solomon will hold a Small Business Summit from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 15 at Al-Sham Restaurant, 6738 Bustleton Ave., to provide constituents the tools to start or grow small businesses. "Over the past few months, many constituents have inquired about starting a business or expanding an existing one. In response to those inquiries, I decided to convene a summit to answer critical and practical questions about starting a business,” Solomon said. “There’s a wealth of resources available to help businesses that people aren’t aware of. This seminar will provide information on city, state and federal agencies and organizations that can help folks get on track and take advantage of these opportunities.” During the event, attendees will hear from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, the Philadelphia Department of Commerce and local entrepreneurs. In addition, state and local agencies, nonprofits, and other organizations will be on hand to provide information about how to start and sustain a business and grant programs available for small-business owners. "Small businesses drive the economy and informing constituents about what is involved in creating a small business could ultimately help drive jobs and grow our economy. I am a strong believer in empowerment and information dissemination. We need to support the development of small businesses and the Read more


Solomon supports 2017-18 state spending plan

(Jun 30, 2017)

HARRISBURG, June 30 – State Rep. Jared Solomon, D-Phila., offered the following statement about the 2017-18 state spending plan that passed the state House of Representatives and heads to the governor’s desk: “Today I voted to send a nearly $32 billion spending plan to Governor Tom Wolf’s desk. This is a difficult budget year. In truth, the spending plan does not make the transformative investments I believe our state needs – investments that provide opportunities, jobs, and safety and stability for all our communities. But given the state’s fiscal realities, I believe this plan at least takes steps in the right direction towards those investments, in particular for education and childcare assistance and services, both vitally important issues in my district. “I’ve seen firsthand the need for more resources for the schools in my district – the overcrowding at Spruance Elementary, the decaying building at Carnell Elementary, and the unparalleled diversity at Wilson Middle School. While this plan does not send nearly enough to address these myriad challenges, it is an important down payment. “While today’s vote allows for spending in the new fiscal year starting July 1, we have not yet made the hard decisions about how we are going to pay for all this. I look forward to working with my colleagues in both chambers and the governor’s office in making these decisions in the best interests of the Read more


Small Business Summit July 15

(Jun 29, 2017)

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Solomon-Gabler Veterans Registry bill passes the House

(Jun 29, 2017)

HARRISBURG, June 28 – State Rep. Jared Solomon, D-Phila., is pleased that the House passed his legislation that would help Pennsylvania veterans receive federal, state and local benefits. “Every day, many of our veterans struggle to pay their rent or get groceries. House Bill 1231 develops a comprehensive approach for those who have served our country honorably. It incorporates all different state agencies and county veterans’ organizations to ensure that –not only the veteran- but also the families have access to the benefits they are entitled to,” Solomon said. “This registry would enable the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs to engage veterans and provide more effective information on federal, state and local government benefits, programs and services available for them.” According to Solomon, H.B. 1231 would expand the existing DMVA 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 roughly 7,000 of the over 894,000 veterans in Pennsylvania. That represents less than 1 percent of veterans in the commonwealth. “I appreciate Representative Solomon reaching across the aisle for help in moving this critical piece of legislation to help the men and women who have served or are serving our country,” said state Rep. Matt Gabler, the first co-sponsor of the legislation. “We hope our Read more


Solomon Helping Veterans Receive Benefits

(Jun 26, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Jared Solomon co-sponsored legislation that would allow the Pa. Dept. of Military & Veterans Affairs to work more closely with other state agencies to expand the state's Veterans Registry to ensure that Pa. veterans are receiving the benefits they deserve. Currently, less than 1% of the Commonwealth's veterans are listed on the registry. Read more


Solomon-Gabler bill would improve services for Pennsylvania veterans

(Jun 26, 2017)

HARRISBURG, June 26 – During a news conference today at the state Capitol, state Reps. Jared Solomon, D-Phila., and Matt Gabler, R-Clearfield/Elk, promoted H.B. 1231 , legislation that would improve and support services for veterans across Pennsylvania. The bill awaits consideration by the House following unanimous adoption by the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee. “The Department of Military and Veterans Affairs is already managing a registry that does a great job of engaging our servicemen and women by coordinating information on federal, state and local government benefits, programs and services that are available for them,” Solomon said. “Unfortunately, the registry currently reaches less than 1 percent of our servicemen and women. House Bill 1231 would expand the registry’s reach by bringing other agencies into the process of identifying veterans who stand to benefit.” Currently, the DMVA’s online registry lists roughly 7,000 of the over 894,000 veterans in Pennsylvania. “I’m pleased to have the opportunity to work across the aisle with Representative Solomon on legislation that will further provide this great service to the men and women who have done so much for our country,” Gabler said. “House Bill 1231 would 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 Read more


Solomon Working on USA Semiquincentennial

(Jun 21, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Jared Solomon discusses his efforts in beginning the planning for the semiquincentennial, or 250th Anniversary, of the United States of America. Read more


Join me for a Town Hall Meeting June 24

(Jun 19, 2017)

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Solomon, Bernstine encourage workforce opportunities for Pa. youth

(Jun 13, 2017)

HARRISBURG, June 13 – State Reps. Jared Solomon, D-Phila., and Aaron Bernstine, R-Beaver/Butler/Lawrence, introduced legislation that would help provide opportunities for Pennsylvania’s youth to get a jumpstart in Pennsylvania’s competitive workforce. “Providing our young people with a quality education is a priority for me, and I would like to see them have a chance to get real-world workforce experience while they are still in school,” Solomon said. “This program would help our students obtain a better idea of what path they would like to pursue after high school, whether it’s college or other secondary education or perhaps remain with the company where they received workforce experience.” House Bill 1522 would establish a pilot grant program that would provide incentives to schools and local businesses to collaborate in providing work-based learning opportunities, apprenticeships, and jobs for high school students during the school year, the summer and after the student graduates. In addition, the bill would encourage a dynamic relationship between schools and businesses to create curricula that bring real-life experiences into the classroom that prepare students for life after high school. Solomon said while Pennsylvania offers job training programs and partnerships for adults, there are no prospects for high school students. “By offering our young people with these opportunities, it would benefit them along Read more


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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