Federal Indictments Expose Corruption in Delaware LLC Licensing

We’re number one! The release of indictments today regarding the ongoing Mueller investigation reveals the startling reality of Delaware’s complicity in enabling corruption due to lax LLC licensing rules and laws. You can read the full indictment here. Per the filed indictment: Manafort and Gates owned or controlled 23 “Domestic Entities” used in the scheme, and, of those 23 domestic entities, 9 were Delaware LLCs. Congratulations, Delaware, we are number one again. Please call and write your representatives and senators demanding that they move HB 57 to the floor for […]

PSC Public Meeting Notice & Invitation

Delmarva Power & Light is requesting that another large increase be imposed on its ratepayers and business customers that might very well adversely affect your economic circumstances. I am posting this public meeting schedule below in order to ask all DP&L electric and natural gas customers to show up and speak up at these “public comment sessions.” The frequency and size of these rate increases is stifling and unfair to the public and the commercial business community alike. There are many knowledgeable experts who find these rate increases unjustified and […]

Delawareans Urge Members of Congress to Prevent Medicaid, Medicare Cuts

For Immediate Release: October 2, 2017 Delawareans Urge Members of Congress to Prevent Medicaid, Medicare Cuts Press Conference at Legislative Hall in Dover, DE at 10:00 AM on October 4, 2017 National Day of Action Calls on Congress to Protect Health Care for Millions in the Budget and Reject Massive Tax Breaks for Wealthiest Americans Dover, Delaware – After Republican senators once again spent weeks attempting to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Delawareans today urged lawmakers to vote no on any federal budget that attempts to strip health care from millions […]

An Open Letter to Former Governor Markell

Dear Jack, I’ve just finished reading your N.Y. Times op-ed and I feel it’s my obligation to Delaware’s taxpayers to respond. I’d like to think that your most recent missive has merely added to my disappointment in you but I think I’ve already passed the minimum expectations level in regard to your performance and legacy. I will try to be objective in my analysis and critique. First, I find it unbecoming for you to use “revisionist history” as a crutch to support your crippling economic decisions. That pejorative explanation has […]

Kowalko Challenges Delmarva Rate Increase for Residential and Business Ratepayers

Dear friends, Once again, Delmarva Power & Light is seeking to dramatically increase rates for electric and natural gas customers. The recently concluded merger of Exelon and Pepco Holdings, owner of DP&L, created the largest utility company in the country. Part of the “deal” for Delaware was a one-time bill credit for DP&L customers, with electric and natural gas ratepayers seeing a $122.64 and $49.95 credit, respectively, on their bill earlier this year. However, our regulators who approved the deal failed to acknowledge that the one-time rebate would soon be […]

Public Pressure Leads to Delaware River Fracking Ban

A collection of states have voted to permanently ban fracking in the Delaware River Basin. This is a wonderful example of what can happen when the public stays involved and keeps applying pressure on its political leaders. The permanent ban on fracking is a wonderful victory after a culmination of efforts to oppose fracking, including the sucessful petition from 2011 to stop the previous vote. John Kowalko State Representative 25th District       From the Associated Press: Regulators Take Step to Ban Fracking Near Delaware River U.S. News | […]

States Vote to Permanently Ban Fracking in Delaware River Basin

Dear friends, Delaware, New York, and Pennsylvania have voted to permanently ban fracking in the Delaware River Basin. This is a wonderful example of how a temporary victory for the environment (see 2011 petition success below) can translate into a permanent win for the environment and the people when the public stays involved and keeps applying pressure on its political leaders. John Kowalko State Representative 25th District The 2011 petition stopped the previous effort to propose fracking in the Delaware River Basin: For Immediate Release: November 23, 2011 Contact: Drew […]

Delaware River at Risk from Trump Budget Cuts

Today I spoke at the press conference for a new report on the potential damage facing Delaware waterways from budget cuts proposed by the Trump Administration. My remarks at the press conference are below, followed by the press release for the event and a copy of the report. Let me thank Megan DeSmedt and Environment America and all the contributors who produced this in depth and enlightening report being presented today. One would hope and expect that in this day and age, as all humanity is faced with critical shortages […]

Press Advisory: New Report Shows Risks to Delaware River

For Immediate Release: August 30, 2017 Study Shows Trump Budget Cuts Cause Uncertainty for Delaware River Basin Restoration Efforts “Over the last few years, Delaware has made a concerted effort to reduce pollution from industrial activities and clean up our waterways. This effort to hold polluters accountable and restore waterways to health is now being threatened by the Trump Administration budget cuts. It is incomprehensible that any responsible leader would choose to put the environment, ecology, and health of over 15 million people at risk, but this report demonstrates that […]

Offshore Wind Power Is Best Investment for Delaware

I am glad to welcome this much needed development in Delaware environment policy. From the News Journal: Delaware this week took its first major step toward encouraging the development of an offshore wind farm in nearly a decade. Gov. John Carney on Monday signed an executive order to create a “working group” that will examine the potential costs and benefits of generating electricity from such a project. Hopefully Governor Carney’s Executive Order creating an Offshore Wind Working Group will result in establishing a serious plan and direction that can move Delaware back to the […]