Rally to Oppose Privatization of Delaware State Retirees’ Medicare Benefits Set for Tuesday, October 4 at Freedom Plaza in Wilmington

Press Advisory: For immediate release September 29, 2022 Contact: John Kowalko 25th District Representative (302) 547-9351 Rally to Oppose Privatization of Delaware State Retirees’ Medicare Benefits Set for Tuesday, October 4 at Freedom Plaza in Wilmington RISEDelaware has scheduled a public rally to take place on October 4, 2022, from noon to 1PM at Freedom Plaza in Wilmington. The location is 8th and French Streets next to the Caravel State Building. The purpose of the rally is to allow state retirees and future retirees to demonstrate their unwillingness to have […]

RISE Delaware and Retirees File Lawsuit to Stop Privatization of Health Benefits

Press Advisory: For immediate release Tuesday, September 27, 2022 Contact: Elisa Diller (302-369-6756) Karen Peterson (302-999-7522) RISE Delaware and Retirees File Lawsuit to Stop Privatization of Health Benefits RISE Delaware, a group formed to assist State Retirees in their fight against privatization of their Medicare benefits announced today that they have filed a lawsuit to stop the unilateral implementation of their insurance through a privatized Medicare Advantage plan. “The fact that retirees were neither aware of these changes to their benefits nor invited to participate in crafting this mandate is […]

State of Delaware Retirees Organize to Fight Medicare Advantage Plan

Press Advisory: For immediate release August 28, 2022 Contact: Rep. John Kowalko (302-547-9351) or risedelaware@gmail.com State of Delaware Retirees Are Coming Together to Stop Medicare Privatization and Benefit Reductions 25th District State Representative John Kowalko and New Castle County 5th District Councilwoman Lisa Diller, a State of Delaware retiree, are teaming up to form RiseDelaware (Retirees Investing in State Equity Delaware), a new membership organization dedicated to educating, advocating, and informing State of Delaware retirees about what is happening with their health and pension benefits. The catalyst is to fight […]

State of Delaware Retirees, Act Now!

State of Delaware retirees, retired Delaware teachers, as well as college and university faculty covered through the state of Delaware’s health benefits must act immediately and let their state elected officials know that the proposed move of all these retirees to a Medicare Advantage plan is unacceptable. What are Medicare Advantage plans? In short, they represent the privatization of one of the most successful federal programs in history and it is an embarrassment that the state of Delaware wants to participate in undermining the traditional Medicare program. Unfortunately, unless you […]

Lawmakers file bipartisan legislation to create an independent Office of the Inspector General

Delaware General Assembly Press Advisory: For immediate release May 11, 2022 Contact: Representative John Kowalko 302-547-9351 Representative Michael Smith 302-290-7726 Lawmakers file bipartisan legislation to create an independent Office of the Inspector General HB 405 would enhance accountability, ensure good government, and create a repository for complaints and investigations of potential fraud, waste, abuse, and corruption. DOVER – Rep. Kowalko (D-Newark) and Rep. Michael Smith (R-Pike Creek) have joined together as prime sponsors of HB 405 creating an Office of Inspector General that would investigate the management and operation of State […]

Retirement announcement

I have had the privilege and pleasure of serving as a State Representative for almost 16 years. As you might know, this is my second career. For 37 years, I was a machinist. I was a proud union member during that time, serving as a union official and advocate. I worked at the Delaware City refinery for 25 years serving as a union steward and General Foreman. These experiences gave me a solid foundation for Rules of Order and their importance, the power of solidarity, and a profound respect for […]

Kowalko: Delawareans deserve lower prescription prices

Bay to Bay News | Letter to the Editor | by Rep. John Kowalko Delawareans’ relationship with the pharmaceutical industry is shaky at best, underpinned by years of high-priced prescription drugs for them but lower prices around the globe. But now, our U.S. senators have a chance to take proactive steps to introduce accountability and transparency to an industry that’s shown us time and time again it is profits over patients. A series of prescription drug-pricing reforms that would lower the cost of prescription medications for every Delawarean is currently […]

Delaware can lead by ending corporate tax giveaways to Amazon

The News Journal | Opinion | by Rep. John Kowalko and Pat Garofalo In 2011, Amazon received about $3.5 million in taxpayer subsidies to build a distribution center in New Castle. In 2020, it received another $4.5 million for a facility in Newport. In between, the state attempted to win Amazon’s “HQ2” facility – and while officials won’t confirm the dollar amount offered, Gov. John Carney said it was “a pretty big number — the largest number I’ve ever seen as it relates to economic development projects here in our […]

Senate Bill 155 would set back open-government initiatives

Delaware State News | Letter to the Editor | by Rep. John Kowalko A few Delaware legislators working with the Department of Justice seem to be interested in further denying the public and media access to its contrivances and methods. Lifting the shroud of secrecy and exposing the horrible underbelly of the “Delaware Way” is facing another serious challenge that threatens the public interest. It is Senate Bill 155, a thinly veiled attempt to shutter the windows from public view. My primary focus during my entire 15 years in office […]

We cannot — and should never — forget Jan. 6

The News Journal | Opinion | by Rep. John Kowalko I would like to share the remarks I made to the Delaware House of Representatives on Jan. 28 regarding the passage of HR5 condemning the violence in Washington on Jan. 6: “First let me thank all of my colleagues who supported the resolution condemning the assault on the U.S. Capitol and committing to a peaceful and respectful discourse in the conducting of public business. “The tragic events in Washington on Jan. 6 cannot and should not ever be forgotten. A […]