Could paying restaurant workers more end up costing them more?

The News Journal | by Shannon Marvel McNaught A minimum wage hike for Delaware’s tipped employees might sound like something servers and bartenders would support, but some think it will do them more harm than good. Rep. Kim Williams’ (D-Newport) House Bill 94 proposes to change the tipped minimum wage from a flat $2.23 per hour to 65% of the regular minimum wage. It’s waiting to be heard in committee. Rep. John Kowalko (D-Newark) is a co-sponsor of the bill. “Historically, waitstaff has been burdened with a lesser (pay) rate, […]

Minimum wage hike a priority for Delaware’s Poor People’s Campaign

The Philadelphia Tribune | by Cris Barrish Kathleen Sturgis loved her job linking people with social services and charitable agencies in Delaware. Then she came down with diverticulitis last fall and lost her job. Now her modest savings are gone. “At this time, I’m the one that needs help,’’ Sturgis said. “So I’ve had to reach out to organizations to help pay my electric bill. Now I’m looking at how I’m going to pay my rent. It’s a struggle from one day to the next.” Sturgis is among more than […]

Some Bartenders & Servers Don’t Want HB 94 to Raise Their Base Wage Rate

WRDE | by Mallory Metzner House Bill 94 aims to raise the $2.23 base wage rate for tipped employees to 65 percent of the state’s minimum wage per hour. With a $9.25 minimum wage in Delaware, these employees would start with $6 an hour before tips. However, some bartenders and servers worry this proposed law would cause customers to think they’re making more money and tip them less. Under HB 94 servers and bartenders would see their base wage rate increase every time the minimum wage increases in Delaware so […]

Del. Poor People’s Campaign pushes $15 minimum wage

WHYY | by Cris Barrish Kathleen Sturgis loved her job linking people with social services and charitable agencies in Delaware. Then she came down with diverticulitis last fall and lost her job. Now her modest savings are gone. “At this time, I’m the one that needs help,’’ Sturgis said. “So I’ve had to reach out to organizations to help pay my electric bill. Now I’m looking at how I’m going to pay my rent. It’s a struggle from one day to the next.” Sturgis is among more than 400,000 Delawareans […]

Bill to increase taxes for higher wage earners in DE

WMDT | by Jordie Clark State lawmakers are considering a bill that would create new tax bracket, which would raise taxes for the state’s highest earners. House Bill 64 proposes creating new tax brackets for those at $125,000, with a rate of 7.10%; at $250,000, with a rate of 7.85%; and at $500,000, with a rate of 8.6%. We are told, those in favor of this say it couldn’t come at a better time, but those against it, feel the exact opposite. “Those that are making, or earning quite a […]

Delaware’s Corporate Blockade

Delaware Call | by Jordan Howell What do we really know about the Delaware Division of Corporations, other than it is a one billion dollar revenue machine that manages the incorporation process in a state that is commonly referred to as the most secretive tax haven in the world? As it turns out, not very much. The Delaware Call’s months-long investigation has revealed that the Division of Corporations, a public agency within the Delaware Department of State, operates as a fortress designed to shield from scrutiny both its internal operations […]

Will Delaware Dissolve Trump Corporations?

Delaware Call | by Jordan Howell For the band of Trumpian misfits and goons who threatened and stormed the Capitol on January 6, resulting in the deaths of 5 people, the fallout unfolds by the hour. Following the insurrection at the Capitol, social media companies suspended the accounts of President Trump and his associates. Twitter deleted over 70,000 accounts that spread QAnon propaganda. Police identified rioters and arrested them. Many who took selfies and videos of their attack on democracy have lost their jobs. New York City canceled all contracts […]

Some Delaware lawmakers want to raise taxes for those earning $125K or more. What to know.

The News Journal | by Sarah Gamard Progressive Democratic lawmakers want to raise taxes for people making six figures, hailing it as a step toward a fairer, more stable tax structure despite Gov. John Carney’s resistance to tax increases. House Bill 64 by Rep. John Kowalko, D-Newark South, would raise personal income taxes for people who make more than $125,000 a year. Tax brackets in Delaware currently stop after $60,000, and anyone making over that amount is taxed at 6.6% of their income regardless of whether they make just above […]

Tax debates lead docket of early Delaware legislature bills

Delaware Business Times | by Jacob Owens DOVER – The Delaware General Assembly kicked off Jan. 12, albeit without the usual fanfare at the State House as the 151st session is the first to begin in an all-virtual format amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and taxation is surprisingly one of the issues to watch. Perhaps the most eyebrow-raising proposal filed so far is a tax hike on those earning $125,000 or more a year. Three new brackets created by House Bill 64 would tax those starting at $125,000 at 7.1% rather […]

Kowalko proposes higher tax rates for Delawareans earning more than $125,000

Newark Post | by Staff and Wire Reports Democratic lawmakers in Delaware are proposing several new tax brackets that would result in higher-income individuals paying more to the state’s coffers. “This bill is intended to ensure a more fair and equitable progressive tax structure that is sustainable and not overly burdensome to any category of earners,” said Rep. John Kowalko, of Newark, who is sponsoring the bill. “It has been carefully calculated to apply a minimal amount of tax increases while ensuring a sustainable revenue source in future economic downturns.” […]