Solomon, Charlton introduce Pa. Commission bill to plan for America’s 250th birthday in 2026

(Oct 16, 2017)

With less than 10 years until America celebrates the nation’s 250 th birthday in July 2026, a bipartisan team in the Pennsylvania House has introduced House Bill 1793, establishing the Pennsylvania Semiquincentennial Commission. This effort, led by state Reps. Jared Solomon, D-Phila., and Alex Charlton, R-Springfield, envisions the commission to plan, encourage, develop and coordinate the commemoration of the 250 th anniversary of the founding of the United States. “Our country’s semiquincentennial is a moment for all Americans and Pennsylvanians to engage in a shared undertaking of national unity, remembering what unites us American citizens while aiming toward a better tomorrow as individuals, families and communities,” said Charlton. In the legislation, the commission is expected to submit a comprehensive report that includes the specific recommendations of the commission to the governor and General Assembly by next September. “This is exceptional for our Commonwealth, as we led and became the first state in the nation to begin the very important planning of welcoming in the 250 th birthday of America,” said Solomon. The commission will coordinate planning with all federal, state and local agencies on infrastructure improvements and projects to welcome regional, national and international tourists. “For Pennsylvanians, it is both a privilege and responsibility to host the nation and the world on the anniversary of Read more


Solomon Preparing Pa. for USA250

(Oct 16, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Jared Solomon is a lead sponsor on legislation to create a commission to plan the United States 250th Anniversary Celebration. Solomon says Philadelphia has always played a lead role in celebrating our nation's history and he is looking to expand that celebration across all of Pennsylvania. Read more


Solomon launches street cleaning pilot program for northeast Philadelphia

(Oct 12, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 10 – In an effort to clean up the lower northeast part of Philadelphia, state Rep. Jared Solomon, D-Phila., held a news conference to announce a six-month street cleaning pilot program. “This is our home and we should take pride in where we live,” Solomon said. “It’s our responsibility to take care and maintain it in order to attract more people, which, in turn, would continue growing our great community.” Speaking on Bustleton Avenue Tuesday morning, Solomon stood alongside Streets Department Commissioner Carlton Williams and the founder of Steve's Prince of Steaks Steve Iliescu, who are both helping with the program. Solomon stressed the fact that his plan goes beyond just picking up trash and is a key step in keeping the community safe. “Garbage-littered streets and alleyways can attract criminals, but maintaining our appearance can help deter them from striking,” Solomon explained. This pilot program will target core areas of the following business corridors: Castor Avenue between Knorr and Levick Street; Bustleton Avenue between St. Vincent Street and Unruh Avenue; and Rising Sun Avenue between Comly and Levick Street, Tyson Avenue and Five Points. “After the six-month pilot, my hope is we will expand to cover the full length of each corridor,” Solomon said. The idea is associated with H.Bs. 1812 and 1813 , both co-sponsored by Solomon. The Read more


Solomon Working for Better Childcare Information

(Sep 26, 2017)

Choosing the best child care center can be difficult, and now, Pa. state Rep. Jared Solomon is pushing legislation to ease the burden for parents by rating quality on a four star system. Day cares would be required to post their results on a public-facing window and website for parents' review. Read more


Solomon-Mehaffie bill seeks to help parents deciding on child care

(Sep 26, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 26 – State Rep. Jared Solomon, D-Phila., and Thomas Mehaffie, R-Dauphin, today announced they introduced legislation to bring clarity to parents in the process of choosing where to send their children for child care. “Parents normally make decisions on child care based on cost and convenience, but they need to add quality to the mix,” said Solomon. “Our legislation requires that all centers post on their public-facing window – and website, if they have one – how many Keystone Stars their center has out of four. This legislation provides much-needed information that increases and improves parent choice, protects our children, and allows the free market to thrive in the economy for child care.” Keystone STARS is one of the largest and most mature quality rating and improvement systems in the nation. It is an initiative of the Office of Child Development and Early Learning to improve, support, and recognize the continuous quality improvement efforts of early learning programs in Pennsylvania. The performance standards are grouped into four levels. Each level builds on the previous and it utilizes research-based best practices to promote quality early learning environments and positive child outcomes. The standards address staff qualifications and professional development, the early learning program, partnerships with family and community, and leadership and management. Mehaffie said, “Deciding which child Read more


Solomon to host Public Safety and Criminal Justice Summit

(Sep 19, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 27 – State Rep. Jared Solomon, D-Phila., will host constituents and state and local leaders to discuss and gather input on public safety in the Lower Northeast and the state-wide criminal justice system. The Public Safety and Criminal Justice Summit will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12 at St. Thomas Indian Orthodox Church, 1009 Unruh Ave., 19111. Solomon said the event will provide an opportunity to engage in dialogue with city and state criminal justice leaders on issues of crime, safety and community. “Public safety remains a big issue in my district, and the criminal justice system – both here in Philadelphia and across the commonwealth – continue to find themselves under scrutiny,” Solomon said. “This legislative summit will offer constituents an opportunity to have an informed discussion with leaders on the state and local level and give input into how we can make our community safer.” Solomon added the summit will present constituents with a chance to help shape his legislative agenda in Harrisburg. In addition to community leaders and experts, those expected to attend include Secretary John Wetzel from the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections and Commissioner Richard Ross from the Philadelphia Police Department. To RSVP, constituents should call Solomon’s constituent office at (215) 342-6340. Read more


Solomon condemns Trump administration for ending DACA

(Sep 06, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 6 – State Rep. Jared Solomon, D-Phila., made this statement following President Trump’s announcement that his administration would end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. “Like many around the country and in my district, I was saddened and dismayed when President Trump announced that he would end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program,” Solomon said. “My heart goes out to the young people who, from the moment they arrived in this country, have embodied the American dream, contributed so much, and worked so hard for their futures and their families. “The people of lower northeast Philadelphia who I represent are particularly impacted – we have over 17,000 foreign-born residents in my district and it is a true melting pot of cultures. This cultural diversity should be celebrated and supported – that’s exactly what I’ve worked to do since taking office. “After convening a legislative summit on immigration and diversity in February, my team has worked tirelessly to support young immigrants and their families (even bringing some of them on as interns in my district office). Now I am working closely with colleagues in Harrisburg to introduce legislation that promotes cultural sensitivity and dialogue in our classrooms. “The decisions of national leaders have thrust a generation into fear and uncertainty. But we have the opportunity and Read more


A reminder from Philly House Democrats about landmark Pa. animal protection law taking effect today

(Aug 28, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 28 – Today, a landmark overhaul of Pennsylvania’s animal protection laws takes effect, and state Reps. Stephen Kinsey and Jared Solomon, all D-Phila.; and Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, want the public to know what to expect. Named after a Boston terrier puppy rescued from near death on a Lancaster County farm last summer, Libre’s Law will allow felony charges for first-time animal cruelty offenders. This is a first for the state. According to Humane PA, this level of punishment was usually used in cases of animal fighting or killings of endangered species. The new law also spells out the rules for tethering an animal. It specifically requires: A leash must be three times the length of the pet or 10 feet, whichever is longer. No tow or logged chain or pinch, choke, or prong collars used with a tether. A well-fitted collar and no open sores or wounds on the dog's body. The lead must be on a swivel and ideally a lead that has a coated cover to avoid getting tangled. The area where the pet is kept must be kept clear of excessive feces, with access to drinkable water and shade. No more than nine consecutive hours on a leash in a day's time. No more than 30 minutes tied up when temperatures are lower than 32 degrees or higher than 90 degrees. Anyone who tethers a dog outside in extreme weather or severely abuses a horse will face more than a summary offense. In the past, Read more


Solomon condemns actions of white nationalist groups

(Aug 17, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 17 – State Rep. Jared Solomon, D-Phila., today joined his colleagues from the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus and the Philadelphia County Delegation in condemning the acts of hate, intolerance and violence that took place in Charlottesville, Va.: State Reps. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., chair of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, and Maria Donatucci, D-Phila./Delaware, chair of the Philadelphia County Delegation, released the following statement on behalf of the Philadelphia County Delegation regarding the white nationalist protests that took place in Charlottesville, Va.: “As legislative leaders representing countless Pennsylvanians of color, we condemn the actions of white nationalists in Charlottesville as racist and un-American. As proud Americans, we know that these actions and ideals do not represent the values of tolerance, inclusiveness, and equality that our country strives to uphold. The diversity of our Commonwealth – and of our country – is an asset that must be fully utilized if we are to fulfil the promise of our democracy. “The flags, statues and monuments of the Confederacy are not the celebration of heritage, but are instead the articulation of hatred using the language of an enemy nation. No other country celebrates the conquered, just as no other country flies the flag of the defeated. The Confederacy and the monuments erected long after its defeat represent an ideology that should not be Read more


Solomon cuts ribbon on renovated salon

(Aug 14, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 14 – A local hair salon is getting a new lease on life, while, at the same time, giving hope to small entrepreneurs across Philadelphia. On Saturday, state Rep. Jared Solomon, D-Phila., cut the ribbon to newly renovated Journey Hair Salon on Castor Avenue. He explained how he assisted the owner, Tomika Miles, in receiving $10,000 in grants to help make the upgrades possible. “Tomika has a great business going,” Solomon said. “I simply provided her with resources to expand on her success in an effort to keep it growing strong.” Solomon told Tomika about The Merchants Fund, which provides financial assistance to small businesses in Philadelphia in an effort to improve the local economy, create and maintain jobs, and expand revenue streams. She utilized the finances from TMF to buy new equipment. “I am a strong believer that thriving business corridors are critical in revitalizing a neighborhood,” Solomon explained. “It’s my job to bring opportunities to light that members in my community may have overlooked or don’t know exist.” Read more


Aug. 13 Town Hall with Governor’s Advisory Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs

(Aug 10, 2017)

Please join Rep. Jared Solomon and the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs for a town hall meeting Sunday, Aug. 13. Read more


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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