Reps. White, Solomon to Introduce Legislation to Immediately Release Property Tax Rebates and Help Hospitals Purchase Ventilators

(Mar 21, 2020)

HARRISBURG—Reps. Martina White (R-Philadelphia) and Jared Solomon (D-Philadelphia) will introduce legislation to encourage hospitals to purchase the ventilators and other necessary equipment they need to combat this pandemic by letting the state buy back unused equipment at cost. White and Solomon will also introduce legislation to speed up property tax and rent rebates to qualified recipients. “The federal government is considering a cash stimulus of up to $1,200 or more per individual,” White said. “To complement that, the state should distribute funds from the Property Tax/Rent Rebate program as a way to provide additional liquidity to those in need.” Right now, rebates are distributed starting July 1. Their legislation would direct the Department of Revenue and Treasury to process 2019 rebate payments for all homeowners and renters who received a 2018 rebate, and to issue those payments immediately. For anyone who became eligible in the past year, rebates would be issued immediately upon receipt of their application instead of waiting until July 1. “The more money we quickly get back to Pennsylvanians, particularly the elderly, the disabled, and the poor, the better chances our state has of weathering this crisis,” White said. “This virus has completely disrupted the lives of many hard-working Pennsylvanians and small businesses, leaving them both in a whirlwind of financial Read more

 

Gaydos, Solomon call for small business emergency assistance

(Mar 20, 2020)

HARRISBURG – With the changes to daily life and business practices recommended or ordered to slow the spread COVID-19, many hardworking families and small businesses will be adversely impacted. This week, Reps. Valerie Gaydos (R-Allegheny) and Jared Solomon (D-Philadelphia) introduced legislation directing the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) to administer low- to no-interest emergency loans to businesses affected by the coronavirus outbreak. “As an entrepreneur, I know how difficult it can be to operate a small business even under normal circumstances,” Gaydos said. “The extenuating circumstances brought on by the governor’s emergency declaration and statewide mitigation efforts indicate that small businesses across the Commonwealth need our help now more than ever to meet payroll, overhead and other expenses that keep their doors open and their staff employed.” “The damage done to our small businesses by COVID-19 will take a long time to repair, and we in Harrisburg need to bring all our resources to bear to keep business going and workers collecting a paycheck," Solomon said. “Rep. Gaydos and I are proposing a small business support package that offers three things: emergency no-interest bridge financing to get through the crisis times; longer-term low-interest loans to help business ramp back up; and support for technical assistance providers to ensure our businesses get the Read more

 

Gov. Wolf joins Rep. Solomon to celebrate grand opening of new job center

(Mar 10, 2020)

Rep. Solomon welcomed Gov. Wolf, state Sens. Tartaglione and Sabatina, community leaders and stakeholders celebrated the grand opening of the Toben Center, a new one-stop shop that puts people on the path to a family-sustaining career. The Toben Center houses the Northeast Learning Center, that provides high school equivalency classes; Harcum College, which provides associates-level classes in Human Services and Business Management; and the Job and Business Resource and Referral Center, which provides one-on-one job counseling and help with CareerLink. Read more

 

Solomon announces $22.5K grant for Wissinoming Civic Association to fund solar trash compactors on Torresdale Avenue

(Feb 26, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 26 – State Rep. Jared Solomon, D-Phila., announced today that he has secured a $22,500 state grant for the Wissinoming Civic Association to fund solar trash compactors on Torresdale Avenue. “I am excited to announce this grant award as it is something we’ve been working with the leaders of Wissionoming on for some time,” Solomon said. “Torresdale Avenue is the spine of the Wissinoming community, and it needs to be equipped with all the tools to keep it litter-free, and these Big Belly receptacles are a big step in that direction. Hopefully, this is the beginning of a more comprehensive approach to rid our corridors of litter and make them vibrant, attractive, lively places to do business without trash blowing everywhere.” Solomon was joined during the news conference by representatives from the Wissinoming Civic Association and the Oxford Circle Christian Community Development Association. The grant Solomon announced was funded through the Keystone Communities Program, administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. The Keystone Communities Program is designed to encourage the creation of partnerships between the public and private sectors that jointly support local initiatives such as the growth and stability of neighborhoods and communities; social and economic diversity; and a strong and secure quality of life. The program allows communities to Read more

 

Solomon, community and business leaders announce $120K donation for economic development projects in Northeast Philadelphia

(Feb 10, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 10 – State Rep. Jared Solomon joined community and business partners today to announce a $120,000 donation to Oxford Circle Christian Community Development Association from tax credits approved by the Neighborhood Assistance Program. “I’m grateful and thrilled to have such generous community partners in M&T Bank and Kinder Academy, willing to step forward and invest in the Oxford Circle Christian Community Development Association,” Solomon said. “Their continued partnership with OCCCDA will have lasting impacts for the people of my district, who will see new entrepreneurship, workforce development and economic development programs for many years to come.” OCCDA will use the donation for a multitude of projects, including developing a small-business training program, creating a hub for education and community events, implementing a corridor enhancement program, investing in small business and technical support assistance and workforce development. These projects will help the people directly involved and the community at-large. “Oxford Circle Christian CDA is very thankful to DCED, M&T Bank and Kinder Academy for supporting the work we do for small businesses and those who live in the Oxford Circle community,” said Pearl Wang-Herrera, executive director. “With their support, over the next five years, we will be able to provide more employment and 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