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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