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Philadelphia Delegation announces its legislative platform for 2019-20

(Jan 16, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 16 – State Rep. Jason Dawkins, chairman of the Philadelphia House Delegation, along with delegation members today announced their legislative agenda during a news conference at the state Capitol. The delegation said its top priorities for working toward a better Philadelphia include investing in education and schools, criminal justice reform, health care for all, strengthening commercial coordinators, and alternative energy methods. "We are joining forces to work as one unit for the betterment of all Philadelphians, and that begins with fighting for what our constituents need the most,” Dawkins said. "We are also focused on making sure that everyone gets a fair shot and equal treatment." “Last session we worked in bipartisan fashion to get clean slate legislation signed into law and bring real criminal justice reform to those who need it,” said Rep. Jordan Harris, the Democratic Whip. “Now, we must continue fighting for further reform to reduce recidivism and allow Pennsylvanians who have paid their debit to society to pursue a productive path to citizenry.” “For too long our criminal justice system has been an injustice system for the mentally ill, the poor, and people of color,” said Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta. “While we’ve made progress, our prisons remain overcrowded, inmates mistreated, and mental health problems ignored. I stand with my Philadelphia colleagues to address Read more


Solomon, Mehaffie to host town hall in honor of Pittsburgh synagogue

(Jan 10, 2019)

State Rep. Jared Solomon is hosting a special bipartisan town hall at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17 at St. Williams Hall Argyle and Robbins, 6200 Rising Sun Ave., Philadelphia, 19111. State Rep. Tom Mehaffie, R-Dauphin, will be in attendance as well, to discuss the causes of and remedies to hate in our social and political discourse. "After what happened at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh and other recent hate-crimes, we must work together to stop it," Solomon said. "Rep. Mehaffie and I will be doing a similar event in his district in Central PA so I can hear the perspective of his constituents." District staff will be on hand at the town hall to help with any individual concerns or questions. Light refreshments will be served. Parking will be available behind the hall on Argyle Street. Please contact the district office to RSVP by clicking here , calling 215-342-6340 or by coming to the office at 7012 Castor Ave. between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, or Saturday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Read more


Solomon sworn in for second term as state representative

(Jan 01, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 1 – State Rep. Jared Solomon, D-Phila., today was sworn in to his second term in office during a Capitol ceremony as state representative for the 202nd Legislative District. “I am grateful for the opportunity to continue serving my community.” Solomon said. “We must keep the momentum going. Our community had a great year. We made big gains on business corridor development, added security and championed many issues for the Northeast. This year will be another great one. I will continue to work tirelessly to make sure our neighborhood continues to grow as a diverse, multicultural epicenter of cuisine and small businesses. I will focus on large-scale development and building the capacity of our civic institutions.” During his first term, Solomon passed legislation that ensured Pennsylvania can deliver state, local and federal benefits to our veterans. Solomon also established a commission to plan America’s 250th birthday, which will examine ways to drive infrastructure development in Philadelphia and in all of our counties. Solomon also helped pass a bill that created a one-stop shop for businesses looking to open, expand, or relocate to Pennsylvania, which provides an easy way to navigate bureaucratic hurdles. He worked with Gov. Tom Wolf to add $50 million for workforce development to the 2018-19 state budget. This allocation will allow students to graduate from high school with the skills needed to enter the middle Read more


Harris names Bizzarro, Solomon chief deputy whips, Bullock assistant whip

(Dec 28, 2018)

State Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., announced today that he has named state Reps. Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie, and Jared Solomon, D-Phila., as chief deputy whips and state Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Phila., as his assistant whip for the 2019-20 legislative session. Read more


Solomon to host Town Hall and Open House in December

(Dec 03, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 3 – State Rep. Jared Solomon, D-Phila., has announced two constituent-related events for the month of December. “It is both the end of the year and the end of my first term as state representative,” Solomon said. “I want to hear from my constituents so they can hold me accountable, so I can tell them about my plans for my second session, and we can celebrate another great year in the northeast.” A town hall meeting will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15 at the Exchange; 6434 Castor Ave., 19149. Constituents will be able to ask questions about Solomon’s first two years in office and learn about his priorities for the upcoming legislative session. Solomon also is inviting citizens to join him from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20 for a Holiday Open House at his district office; 7012 Castor Ave, 19149. Attendees are invited to share ideas to improve the community and learn about the many ways in which their state representative can help families across the district. Solomon’s staff will be on site during both events to help constituents with state-related matters. Read more


Governor signs Solomon bill to prepare PA to host nation's 250th birthday

(Nov 13, 2018)

As the country approaches its 250th birthday, Pa. state Rep. Jared Solomon is commending the governor for signing his legislation that will help Pennsylvania best prepare for the historic celebrations expected to attract worldwide attention to Philadelphia. Read more


Solomon to host senior fair Nov. 17

(Nov 07, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 7 – State Rep. Jared Solomon, D-Phila., today said a senior fair will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 17 at the St. Thomas Orthodox Church, 1009 Unruh Ave. “I’m looking forward to meeting with our seniors, and helping to connect them with the government agencies and representatives that can best serve them,” Solomon said. “It’s important to meet with our older residents and make sure that they are taking care of themselves, and have access to the resources and help they need for a fulfilling and quality life.” Seniors will be able to talk to state and local government resource officials, representatives from hospitals and insurance companies, and local businesses and senior homes. Providers will hear directly from seniors what services would be most helpful to them, to better serve their members and patients. Solomon said the Senior Fair will offer the option to get vaccinations before flu season goes into full effect, and provides more convenient access to government programs and services. The event will feature: Light refreshments Free flu shots, with most insurance and Medicare cards Blood pressure screenings Medicine drop off to safely dispose of unused or expired medication Giveaways and much more! For additional information and to RSVP, please contact Solomon’s district office at 215-342-6340. ### CONTACT: Daniel Bixler House Read more


Meet the New Northeast Philadelphia

(Nov 05, 2018)

Don’t miss this month’s issue of Philadelphia Magazine, which shines a light on the rich diversity of my district and talks about the work we’ve been doing to serve everyone in the Northeast. We have a special thing going on in Northeast Philadelphia – come visit us, taste the delicious flavors of our local restaurants and talk to some amazing people! Read more


Heating aid via LIHEAP now open

(Nov 01, 2018)

The 2018-2019 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program – LIHEAP – is accepting applications for heating assistance grants. LIHEAP offers cash grants of $200 to $1,000 that are sent directly to the utility company to defray heating costs for eligible households, and crisis benefits of up to $600 for households in immediate danger of being without heat. Remember: These are grants and do not have to be repaid. This season’s income guidelines for both LIHEAP cash and crisis grants are $18,210 for an individual, $24,690 for couples and increases for each additional person in the household. Please click here for more LIHEAP information. Please consider visiting my office if you need help filing a LIHEAP application. Besides my office, LIHEAP information is available by: Contacting local County Assistance offices by phone or in person. Calling the LIHEAP Client Helpline at 1-866-857-7095 or PA Relay at 711 for the hearing impaired. Applying online at https://www.compass.state.pa.us . Read more


Solomon champions quality child care in Pa.

(Oct 30, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 30 – With a thriving child care center in his district as the backdrop, state Rep. Jared Solomon today highlighted the ongoing need for quality child care in underserved areas in the 202nd Legislative District and throughout the commonwealth. Solomon held a news conference at Bustleton Child Learning Center and was joined by Aliya Johnson-Roberts, the center’s executive director. The center recently opened and is an expansion of Pratt Street Learning Center, which received a STAR 4 rating from the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Keystone STARS program . "I am excited to celebrate Bustleton Learning Center and how they provide such high-quality child care to the children of my district," Solomon said. "Not only did they breathe new life into a vacant building at a vital intersection for our neighborhood, they are also a fantastic community partner that welcomes local groups and families to use this great space." Solomon helped transfer the vacant building at Bustleton and Magee avenues into the Bustleton Child Learning Center through the Fund for Quality , a grant program that strives to create and maintain high-quality child care. "State Representative Solomon has been really active and supportive from the beginning. We are really excited to be the high-quality program moving into the area. He not only supports us in the early child care but in becoming a HUB in the community. We are thankful Read more


Statement from Jewish members of Pa. House on Pittsburgh synagogue shooting

(Oct 27, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 27 – State Reps. Jared Solomon, D-Phila., Robert Freeman, D-Northampton, and Michael Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, today issued the following statement on the shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh: “We are shocked, horrified and deeply saddened by the tragic shooting today at the Tree of Life synagogue in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh. Our deepest sympathies are with the victims, their families and friends, and the entire community as we all begin to come to terms with what transpired today. We are also immeasurably grateful to the swift and courageous response of local law enforcement who managed to force the suspect into surrendering, and we salute particularly those officers who were injured in the fight. “These acts of hate and violence have no place in our communities, our Commonwealth or our country. Sadly, they have become all too common. And for it to occur in a synagogue on the Sabbath is all the more heartbreaking, that someone would take the holiest of days to murder innocent worshipers. “With each shooting we all ask, 'Will this be the one that prompts real change?' Yet, instead of fostering change, it seems to foster a numbness and a callousness in our culture, a culture that accepts these incidents as a fact of life. We cannot and will not live in a society where we have to explain to our children and their children that this behavior is something that just happens in the United Read more


Senior prescription program expanded to help more people

(Oct 23, 2018)

I voted for legislation that would allow more senior citizens in Philadelphia and across the state pay for their prescription medication. Putting people first and focusing on health care is part of the House Democrats' Plan for Pennsylvania. Read more


Our Kids Deserve Better Playgrounds

(Oct 19, 2018)

Nearly 1,000 Carnell School children will benefit from a more accessible and engaging space for playing and learning. Rep. Jared Solomon joined State Sen. Tina Tartaglione and City Councilwoman Cherelle Parker to present a check for $250,000 from the State Greenways Trails to help make it happen. Read more


Solomon applauds final passage of bill to help business development

(Oct 17, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 17 – State Rep. Jared Solomon, D-Phila., today commended his House and Senate colleagues for passing legislation that would make sure businesses have continued access to a critical online tool. Solomon said the bill would strengthen the Pennsylvania Business One-Stop Shop initiative – a program already set in place by Gov. Tom Wolf as a sole source to guide entrepreneurs and small businesses through all stages of development – by enacting it into state law. Solomon thanked Rep. Michael Peifer, R-Pike/Wayne, for authoring the bill, which Solomon amended when it was before the House. “The Department of Community and Economic Development continues to welcome new and current entrepreneurs to the initiative’s website. Since it launched in February, more than 71,000 people have visited the website and nearly 5,000 Pennsylvanians have contacted the department either by phone or email,” Solomon said. “It is great to see Pennsylvanians invigorated to become business owners or to have current entrepreneurs seek the resources they need to thrive. “I look forward to the ongoing growth of the One-Stop Shop once the governor signs House Bill 1284 into law.” The legislation passed the Senate this week and was sent to the governor’s desk. The One-Stop Shop, which is available at https://business.pa.gov/ , includes resources for: Planning a business. Registration and permitting. Hiring Read more


Pennsylvania receives extension for REAL ID

(Oct 11, 2018)

Pennsylvania has been granted a REAL ID enforcement extension by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) through August 1, 2019. This extension means that Pennsylvania residents will not face access issues when entering federal facilities or boarding domestic commercial aircraft through at least that date. REAL ID-compliant driver’s licenses and photo ID cards will be available from PennDOT at the customer’s option beginning March 2019. PennDOT is encouraging customers to pre-verify for REAL ID the required documentation as soon as possible, giving them ample time to prepare. More information about what documents will be required is available on PennDOT's Driver and Vehicle Services website . More information about REAL ID, including frequently asked questions , can be found at www.dmv.pa.gov . Read more


Election Reform Legislative Summit on Oct. 23

(Oct 04, 2018)

I’m inviting you to join me as I co-host a legislative summit on election reform on Tuesday, Oct. 23 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Philadelphia Protestant Home, 6401 Martins Mill Road, Philadelphia, 19111. The event will feature experts discussing the following topics impacting our democracy: Redistricting Open primaries Election security and integrity Absentee ballots, early voting and voter registration You will have an opportunity to break up into smaller groups and further discuss the topic that most interests you. Refreshments will be served. Click on the image below to register for this event. If you have any questions about this event, you can call my office at (215) 342-6340 or stop by and see us at 7012 Castor Ave. I hope to see you there! Read more


Solomon heralds final passage of a bill to make Roosevelt Boulevard safer

(Oct 02, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 2 – State Rep. Jared Solomon, D-Phila., today congratulated Rep. John Taylor and fellow colleagues in the House and Senate for passage of Senate Bill 172. The bill, which passed the Senate 47-1 on concurrence, would allow for a 5-year pilot program to install speed cameras in work zones and along Roosevelt Boulevard. “The passage of S.B.172 today marks another significant step to make Roosevelt Boulevard safer for all who use it or cross it in northeast Philadelphia,” Solomon said. “ 11 people have died already this year on the boulevard , making it the deadliest year in recent history. This is unacceptable. By passing this bill people are saying ‘enough’ and demanding a safer Roosevelt Boulevard.” Solomon thanked the families and advocates who had worked tirelessly to push this bill over the finish line, and said he looks forward to working with them, Gov. Tom Wolf, Mayor Jim Kenney and other colleagues to ensure continued safety improvements come to Roosevelt Boulevard. “The boulevard is the spine of northeast Philadelphia – connecting our residents to their place of work, their schools and to each other. But it is also a death trap,” Solomon said. “To change this will take time, but the Route for Change process quarterbacked by the mayor’s team is showing us the way. This bill follows the recent commencement of the new Roosevelt Boulevard Direct SEPTA bus service, which Read more


Solomon works across aisle to pass bill promoting quality child care

(Oct 01, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 2 – Rep. Jared Solomon, D-Phila., is helping families identify quality child care throughout the commonwealth. House Bill 1742, co-authored by Solomon and Rep. Thomas Mehaffie, R-Dauphin, unanimously passed the House today. It would require all state-licensed child care centers to post their Keystone STARS rating in a prominent location on their websites, in the entrance to their facility, and in informational enrollment materials given to parents. “Parents must make decisions each and every day that directly impact the health, safety and overall well-being of their children,” Solomon said. “They deserve to have as much information as possible, so they can make sure their kids are in good hands when they go to daycare.” 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 performance standards in this program address staff qualifications and professional development, early learning programs, partnerships with family and the community, and leadership and management. “Parents are faced with dozens of decisions every day that impact the well-being of their child, their family and their family’s Read more


Solomon: Local businesses show support for street cleaning program

(Sep 27, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 27 – State Rep. Jared Solomon, D-Phila., today joined local business owners to highlight support for his ongoing street cleaning program impacting the commercial corridors of Bustleton, Castor and Rising Sun avenues in lower northeast Philadelphia. “Business corridors set the whole tone for a community,” Solomon said. “Until you get that right, you can’t begin to start tackling the big things.” Last fall, Solomon created a street cleaning program in which his office and businesses in the 202 nd Legislative District provide resources to Jidan Cleaning, the business that leads clean-up efforts. The program has been successful and is attracting additional business interest. Speakers at the news conference included Antowine D. Harris of Murano Deli, Dr. Louis A. Brown, Orlando Jacome of Tio Pepe, and Sal and Angela Nunez of Bucann. Project partners Patricia Claybrook of Jidan Cleaning and Andrea Hodge of Oxford Circle CCDA also gave remarks. “If the corridor is clean, customers will keep returning,” Claybrook said. “My team has really taken ownership and interacted with local businesses so we can grow this into a daily street cleaning project.” Other businesses in support of Solomon’s program include New Olympia House Restaurant, Picanha Brazilian Steakhouse and Al Sham Restaurant. Solomon said the cleaning program was envisioned in Read more


Solomon secures grant funding for Carnell Elementary School campus project

(Sep 18, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 18 – State Rep. Jared Solomon, D-Phila., today announced that Oxford Circle Christian Community Development Association will receive a $198,650 grant to begin their Carnell Green Playscape and Community Design project. “I have had the pleasure of working closely with all the stakeholders at Carnell Elementary from the beginning to make this grant possible,” Solomon said. “From matching the school with the Community Design Collaborative, to participating on the CDC’s steering committee for the project, I am thrilled to now see this project take a huge step towards becoming a reality.” Improvements will include a new basketball court that can convert to a soccer field, an ADA ramp on the east side of the campus, a language path connecting to the other school on campus, a Little School House play space, new bollards and fencing at the west entrance, a rock wall for climbing and new asphalt on the schoolyard access pathway. The total project cost is $249,280. The grant was approved by the Commonwealth Financing Authority at its board meeting today, following a group effort by Solomon, OCCCDA, The Philadelphia School District, State Sen. Christine Tartaglione, City Councilwoman Cherelle Parker, and Carnell school leadership and the School Advisory Council to secure funds. The CFA was established in 2004 as an independent agency of DCED to administer Pennsylvania’s economic stimulus packages. It is responsible Read more