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White, Solomon Legislation to Speed Property Tax Rebates Becomes Law

(May 19, 2020)

HARRISBURG, May 19 – Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Reps. Martina White, R-Phila., and Jared Solomon, D-Phila., to speed up property tax and rent rebates to qualified recipients has was signed today by Gov. Tom Wolf. "Getting more money in our seniors’ pockets now, through the Rent/Property Tax Rebate program, allows them to buy more food in fewer trips," White said. "That limits their potential exposure to the virus and can help them stay safe." "I'm thrilled that Governor Wolf has signed this bill into law as it represents a fantastic chance to put money in the pockets of some of our most vulnerable citizens at a time when they really need it," Solomon said. "The commonwealth needs to use every lever at our disposal to help people, and colleagues on both sides of the aisle understand that the rebate check is a vital tool in that regard, particularly during this pandemic." Right now, rebates are distributed starting July 1. Their bill, which was amended into House Bill 1076, now Act 20 of 2020, which directs the departments 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 White/Solomon legislation was Read more


Rep. Solomon condemns House Republican Rep. Dush's Nazi comparisons

(May 04, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, May 4 – Today, state Rep. Jared Solomon, D-Phila., released the following statement in response to Rep. Chris Dush’s comments comparing Governor Tom Wolf's stay-at-home orders to keep Pennsylvanians safe in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic to the Nazi regime today in committee: "The innumerable atrocities of the Nazi regime rarely if ever merit comparison with anything; what they did was uniquely evil in the history of mankind. What Rep Dush seems to not understand is the damage, the hurt, the insult that his ignorant remarks inflict on countless Pennsylvanians, myself very much included," Solomon said. "I for one will not sit idly by while he demeans the memories of my ancestors to score cheap political points against the governor, who has, mind you, ably and calmly executed his constitutional authority to save lives during this pandemic." A video clip of Solomon's full statement today in committee is available to watch here. Read more


Boyle, Solomon team up to deliver PPE to Jeanes Hospital in Northeast Philadelphia

(Apr 24, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, April 24 – State Rep. Kevin J. Boyle was joined by state Rep. Jared Solomon, both D-Phila., on Thursday to deliver personal protective equipment to Jeanes Hospital, located in Boyle’s 172 nd Legislative District. “Northeast Philadelphia has been among the areas with the highest reported cases of COVID-19 in the city, leaving Jeanes Hospital staff scrambling to treat residents suffering from this virus and doing so without the proper protections,” Boyle said. “I was honored to help deliver these donations because we must do all we can to protect those on the frontlines working hard to protect us despite the risks.” Solomon concurred, saying, “There has been a nationwide shortage of PPE for medical workers on the frontlines, but we’ve been fortunate to be able provide these donations to keep our nurses, doctors and hospital staff safe. I am incredibly grateful to these medical professionals on the frontlines and was humbled to be able to thank them personally with this donation.” The Northeast Philadelphia lawmaker duo coordinated the drop-off with PPE donated by the American Chinese United Association, headed by chairman Jason Lam. The association has been providing donations to hospitals, nursing homes and churches across Philadelphia. Read more


Solomon provides over 300 free comfort meals to Northeast Philadelphia communities

(Apr 23, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, April 23 – To offer some relief during COVID-19, state Rep. Jared Solomon, D-Phila., teamed up with community partners to provide hundreds of free cooked meals from popular local restaurants to various communities in Northeast Philadelphia. “We’re experiencing unprecedented and troubling times. Many residents have had their entire livelihoods upended, and others are still working on the frontlines during this pandemic,” Solomon said. “With all that’s going on, I wanted to help bring back a sense of normalcy and thank all our frontline workers through delicious comfort food staples from our community.” Solomon joined Matt Rossi, owner of Nick’s Roast Beef on Cottman Avenue, and later, Orlando Jacome, owner of Tio Pepe, at their respective restaurants in providing over 300 free meals to hundreds of residents, including medical professionals and other frontline workers. Read more


Solomon to provide free food to Northeast Philadelphia communities tomorrow

(Apr 22, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, April 22 – In light of COVID-19, state Rep. Jared Solomon, D-Phila., will team up with community partners to provide free meals to various communities in Northeast Philadelphia. At 11 a.m. Thursday, April 23, Solomon will join Matt Rossi, owner of Nick’s Roast Beef on Cottman Avenue, to provide free meals to hundreds of residents at the restaurant, 2210 Cottman Ave., 19149. Meals will be distributed in the parking lot across the street. At noon, Friday, April 24 , Solomon will provide free meals to 300 people with Orlando Jacome, owner of Tio Pepe Restaurant, at 6618 Castor Ave., 19149. Media coverage is invited. Read more


COVID-19 Tele-Town Hall Meeting

(Apr 06, 2020)

Pa. state Rep. Jared Solomon conducted a tele-town hall on Saturday, April 4 to discuss the COVID-19 health crisis, how state and local governments have been responding and to address questions from residents about the emergency situation in Philadelphia and across Pennsylvania. Read more


COVID-19 Resources and Information

(Mar 30, 2020)

** Below is a list of informational links for resources in and around Philadelphia related to COVID-19. This will be updated as more/new information becomes available ** The latest info on COVID-19 cases and other data statewide from the Pennsylvania Department of Health : https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Pages/Coronavirus.aspx The latest information on COVID-19 cases and other data in Philadelphia from the City of Philadelphia Department of Public Health : https://www.phila.gov/services/mental-physical-health/environmental-health-hazards/covid-19/ The Philadelphia Department of Public Health has activated a Greater Philadelphia Coronavirus Helpline . It’s available 24/7. If you have questions about symptoms and risk factors, what to do if you think you may have been exposed, testing resources, or recommendations for social distancing, you can contact the helpline at 1-800-722-7112. More info: https://www.phila.gov/2020-03-14-greater-philadelphia-coronavirus-helpline-opened-by-health/?fbclid=IwAR2HZUc0yYdy66IMO4nrx8g4Z8vKMHE9qWUXmmLDe3OZFIjVhiwGDu0ZFIo List of essential Philadelphia services and how to access them: https://www.phila.gov/2020-03-18-essential-city-services-remain-open-here-is-how-to-access-them/?mc_cid=7f7be1d618&mc_eid=eda5e48c86 . Information about how SEPTA is operating: http://www.septa.org/service/rail/midday-schedule.html Information about how Amtrak is Read more


Governor Wolf, City of Philadelphia Announce Financial Assistance Available to Small Businesses

(Mar 25, 2020)

Governor Wolf has a new program out now that allows small businesses with less than 100 employees to access a state loan program for working capital. This is in addition to the federal and state government loan/grant programs to help businesses in this crisis. I am working on a long-term solution for supporting small businesses in this and any disaster emergency and hope my bill with Rep. Gaydos moves in the legislature soon. Read more


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