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Solomon joins in ‘Zero Waste PA’ bill package to address single-use plastics, litter and a ‘throwaway’ society

(Apr 10, 2019)

HARRISBURG, April 10 – State Rep. Jared Solomon today joined other lawmakers and PennEnvironment to announce a package of bills aimed at addressing single-use plastics, pervasive issues of litter and the various environmental harms caused by a "throwaway" society. Legislation in the “Zero Waste PA” package works to address issues created by a disposable society including single-use plastics such as straws, plastic bags and Styrofoam takeout food containers, electronic waste, funding Pennsylvania’s recycling programs and more. “Walk through parts of Philadelphia and you will find yourself wading through trash and litter,” said Rep. Jared Solomon, D-Phila. “Through the efforts put forth in this package of bills, we can eradicate this waste at the source and make our neighborhoods cleaner and safer for all.” “Every day, unwitting Pennsylvanians are barraged with products that we’re expected to purchase and use, and then throw away. Only, there is no ‘away,’” said PennEnvironment Executive Director David Masur. “Instead, it ends up in landfills where it can cause water pollution, in incinerators that cause air pollution, or blowing around in our neighborhoods in the form of litter. Nothing we use for a few minutes should pollute our environment, neighborhoods, rivers and oceans for centuries to come.” The measures that would be addressed in the package include: Read more

 

Solomon Introduces Proposal To Hold Elected Officials Accountable

(Mar 26, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Jared Solomon joined colleagues to introduce a proposal to give a voice back to voters and better hold elected officials accountable. He explained his plan during a news conference in Harrisburg. Read more

 

Solomon to announce recall amendment

(Mar 22, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Mar. 22 – State Rep. Jared Solomon, D-Phila., today said he will hold a press conference at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 26 on the Lt. Governor’s balcony in the state Capitol to announce the proposal of an amendment to the state constitution allowing for voter recall of elected state, local and judicial officials in Pennsylvania. “We’ve seen that sometimes, an elected official violates the trust we have placed in them as voters; sometimes things so egregious that the voters should be allowed the chance to take action,” Solomon said. “I plan to talk about a constitutional amendment I am introducing that would allow Pennsylvania voters the chance to recall an elected local or state official from office.” Solomon will be joined by co-sponsors of the amendment, as well as supporters such as the Committee of 70, Common Cause and the League of Women Voters, Philadelphia. The Pennsylvania Constitution does not provide for the recall of state or local elected officials. While public officials can be removed by impeachment and certain “civil officers” (with the exception of governor, lieutenant governor, members of the General Assembly and judges) can be removed by a process outlined in Article VI, section 7 of the Pennsylvania Constitution, there is no recall in the Commonwealth. Solomon's proposed amendment, while allowing for recall in state, local, and judicial offices, would not outline the specific Read more

 

Solomon Honors The WeLoveU Foundation

(Mar 19, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Jared Solomon honored the WeLoveU Foundation for their dedication to serving local families and revitalizing his neighborhoods. He explains why strong community partners are so important to his residents. Read more

 

Solomon co-sponsors bipartisan Schools to Workplace Pipeline Act

(Mar 19, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Mar. 19 – State Rep. Jared Solomon, D-Phila., has teamed up with state Reps. Kate Klunk, R-York, and Aaron Bernstine, R-Beaver/Butler/Lawrence, to introduce legislation that would allow high school students to obtain real-world work experience while still in school. “In a scenario like this, we all are winners,” Solomon said. “Our students get the experience and qualifications they need to step into a career after graduation, and local businesses reap the rewards of a well-trained workforce. I’m very proud to stand beside my colleagues Representatives Klunk and Bernstine in support of this pilot program, which we hope to spread all across the Commonwealth.” House Bill 796 would establish a pilot program to encourage schools and local businesses to collaborate to provide work-based learning opportunities for high school students. Solomon noted that one of the goals of the program is to familiarize students with all after-graduation options. The pilot program is based off a successful partnership in southcentral Pennsylvania between the Hanover Area Chamber of Commerce, numerous Hanover-area businesses, the Hanover Public School District and South Western School District. “The Hanover area is at the forefront of apprenticeship programs, and this initiative would propel it, and programs elsewhere in the Commonwealth, forward,” said Klunk, whose district includes Hanover. Through their program, businesses Read more

 

Solomon Discusses Term Limits For Lawmakers

(Mar 12, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Jared Solomon participated in a news conference to discuss how implementing term limits for House and Senate members would restore public trust in our political system. Read more

 

Solomon, community and business leaders award $70,000 to Oxford Circle Christian Community Development Association

(Mar 07, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, March 7 – State Rep. Jared Solomon today joined community and business leaders to award a $70,000 donation to Oxford Circle Christian Community Development Association from tax credits approved by the Neighborhood Assistance Program. The organization received the funding for its continued efforts to embrace diversity in the lower northeast part of Philadelphia by focusing on early childhood literacy, workforce development and place making. “I am fortunate to have such a capable and competent partner in my district as OCCCDA,” said Solomon, D-Phila. “I am thrilled to have supported their effort to obtain support via DCED and local leaders and partners to better serve children, families and businesses in our community.” He made the announcement at The Exchange at Oxford Circle alongside officials with M&T Bank, Univest, Kinder Academy and the Department of Community and Economic Development, who all played key roles in securing the funds. “At OCCCDA we are thankful to DCED and Univest, M&T Bank, and Kinder Academy, our tax credit partners, for supporting our efforts in the Oxford Circle community to provide better education, a playground at the local Carnell Elementary School, jobs through our new thrift store, The Exchange, and helping beautify our community with banners and more trash cans,” said Pearl Wang-Herrera, the executive director of OCCCDA. NAP provides tax credits to businesses that donate Read more

 

Solomon calls on Councilman Bobby Henon to resign

(Feb 28, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, February 28 – State Rep. Jared Solomon, D-Phila., today at a press conference at City Hall called on Philadelphia City Councilman Bobby Henon to resign from office. Solomon’s complete remarks were as follows: “Today marks 30 days since the U.S. Attorney’s office released its 116-count indictment against Johnny Doc, Councilman Bobby Henon, and others. In those 30 days, two remarkable things have happened: First, through the shocking allegations, we have learned the true breadth and depth of the Councilman’s corruption. We have learned of a sitting city councilman taking orders not from his constituents, but from his real boss, Johnny Doc. The Councilman said it best himself – “I don’t give a (expletive) about anybody” other than Johnny Doc and me. These were not just words, they were actions – he would rather shut down an MRI for sick kids at CHOP than cross his boss, Johnny Doc. And he would use city departments to complete the boss’s bidding. This is corruption, pure and simple. The second thing we learned is even more shocking – when confronted with these charges, the result of a multi-year federal investigation – Philly shrugged. After a day or two we moved on, and I can understand why — corruption and abuse of office are what many Philadelphians have come to expect from their leaders. Instead of a reckoning, we had a month of silence. It was as though we had not Read more

 

Solomon honors World War II Veteran and member of Office of Strategic Services

(Feb 11, 2019)

Rep. Jared Solomon honored the military service of a constituent named Max Gordon at an event at the Philadelphia Protestant Home. Surrounded by Mr. Gordon’s family and friends, Rep. Solomon was also joined by representatives from U.S. Senator Toomey and Congressman Boyle and a group of veterans from PPh who celebrated Mr. Gordon’s service in the Office of Strategic Services during World War II. The OSS was the precursor to the Central Intelligence Agency, and Mr. Gordon did deep intelligence work behind enemy lines in Asia. Rep Solomon presented him with a citation from the state House of Representatives as well as a replica of the Congressional Gold Medal, which Congress awarded to the OSS last year. Mr. Gordon spoke of his service in India and Burma during the war, remembering colleagues who did not live to see this honor, and expressing gratitude for those assembled for making it a special day in his life. Read more

 

Get free assistance with your Property Tax/Rent Rebate

(Jan 24, 2019)

Forms for Pennsylvania’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program for the 2018 tax year are available – and my office staff is ready to help you file yours for free ! The rebate program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians 65 or older, widows and widowers 50 or older, and people with disabilities 18 or older. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters. Half of Social Security income is excluded and the maximum standard rebate is $650. Claimants must reapply for rebates every year because they are based on annual income and property taxes or rent paid each year. Spouses, personal representatives or estates may file rebate claims on behalf of deceased claimants who lived at least one day in 2018 and meet all other eligibility criteria. The rebates normally are distributed by the Department of Revenue beginning July 1. So, the sooner you file, the sooner you will receive your money. Read more

 

Solomon Moving Philadelphia Forward

(Jan 17, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Jared Solomon was leader in the Philadelphia House Delegation’s announcement of their legislative platform to improve the city. Solomon spoke about the need to reduce the poverty rate, invest in new jobs and industries and much more in a plan to move Philadelphia forward. Read more

 

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

 

Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program deadline is Dec. 31

(Dec 04, 2018)

The deadline to file a state Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program application is Dec. 31. The Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians 65 or older, widows and widowers age 50 or older, and people with disabilities age 18 or older. The maximum standard rebate is $650, but supplemental rebates can boost it to $975. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters, but please don’t assume you are not eligible. Half of Social Security income is discounted, and people are not disqualified from rebates solely because of Social Security cost-of-living adjustments. Applications for rebates for 2018 rent or property taxes will be available in early February 2019. Please share this information with anyone you think may benefit. 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