USPS workers and customers rally at mail processing center in New Castle

Delaware Public Media | by Sophia Schmidt Local 152 joined the American Postal Workers Union (APWU) national day of action Tuesday to draw attention to changes under Postmaster General Louis DeJoy. Local APWU officials have reported delivery delays they say are the result of the decommissioning of several sorting machines at Delaware’s sole mail processing center and limits on employee overtime and transportation runs. “We want to do the job that we have done all our careers and provide a service to our customers but we have outside forces that […]

Jess Scarane Wants To “Create a Government That Puts People Over Profit”

Jacobin | by Indigo Olivoer Jess Scarane is a thirty-five-year-old Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) member running for Senate in Delaware against Democratic incumbent Chris Coons. Scarane is running on a platform that includes Medicare for All, Housing for All, a Green New Deal, criminal justice reform, and strengthening the labor movement. She has been endorsed by Brand New Congress, the Working Families Party, 350 Action, the local Sunrise Movement hub, and Rep. John Kowalko (D-DE). If elected, Scarane would be the first woman senator from Delaware and the first […]

Barclays’ Call Center Swindle

Boondoggle | by Pat Garofalo Wilmington, Delaware, is home to the U.S. consumer banking division of the British bank Barclays. Last year, Barclays moved 500 jobs from that location to a new “hub” in Whippany, New Jersey, receiving about $40 million in tax breaks over 10 years from the Garden State. Now, Delaware is giving the bank new funds to create 300 jobs at its Wilmington location — only they’re worse gigs. This churn is a great illustration of how corporations are the only ones who win the subsidy competition […]

Final budget bills win approval in Delaware legislature

Independent Tribune | by Randall Chase Delaware lawmakers have given final approval to spending bills for the fiscal year starting Wednesday. The state House on Monday approved a $708 million capital budget for construction and transportation projects, and a $55 million package of grants for nonprofit groups, community organizations and volunteer fire companies. Both bills cleared the Senate last week and now go to Democratic Gov. John Carney for his signature. A $4.5 billion operating budget for fiscal 2021 is already on Carney’s desk after being approved by both chambers […]

Final budget bills win approval in Delaware legislature

WBOC | by Tom Lehman Delaware lawmakers have given final approval to spending bills for the fiscal year starting Wednesday. The state House on Monday approved a $708 million capital budget for construction and transportation projects, and a $55 million package of grants for nonprofit groups, community organizations and volunteer fire companies. Both bills cleared the Senate last week and now go to Democratic Gov. John Carney for his signature. A $4.5 billion operating budget for fiscal 2021 is already on Carney’s desk after being approved by both chambers last […]

Delaware House passes remaining budget bills

Delaware State News | by Matt Bittle The state House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved the capital bond bill and a nonprofit funding measure Monday, setting the General Assembly up for what will hopefully be a quick and easy conclusion to its session today. The chamber passed the grant-in-aid measure 41-0 and the bond bill 40-1, with Rep. John Kowalko, a Newark Democrat, as the only holdout. Both measures were approved by the Senate last week. The two chambers previously passed the operating budget. Legislators will wrap up their session tonight, […]

After Barclays jobs leave Delaware, state gives bank $2.5M grant to hire again

The News Journal | by Jeanne Kuang Delaware officials are giving Barclays $2.5 million in taxpayer grants to create more than 300 jobs at its Wilmington consumer banking headquarters, a year after the bank moved 500 jobs from the same site to New Jersey. The company also plans to spend close to $7 million renovating the space to accommodate the new positions, which “include a range of customer support and operations management roles,” according to a news release. Gov. John Carney, Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki and Barclays U.S. Consumer Bank […]

Grants-in-aid, bond bill head to Governor Carney’s desk

WDEL | by Amy Cherry Just one day before the end of the legislative session, the Delaware House passed two key spending bills that are now heading to Governor John Carney’s desk for his signature. The $54 million grants-in-aid bill that gives state funding to senior centers, non-profits, and volunteer fire companies, passed unanimously in both the state House and state Senate in virtual sessions. The $708 million capital bond bill, of which funding goes towards school and road construction, had just one “no” vote in the House Monday from […]

In effort to improve sports teams, University of Delaware pays more than most

The News Journal | by Kevin Tresolini Four years after new president Dennis Assanis and athletic director Chrissi Rawak pledged to make University of Delaware sports teams bigger winners, UD’s financial investment in athletics is among the national front-runners while Blue Hen teams often remain Colonial Athletic Association also-rans. Delaware’s expenditures on athletics are second-highest among schools in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision, data analysis reveals. Only conference rival James Madison spends more, according to the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics’ financial information database. James Madison has won […]

Lawmakers release open letter supporting Delaware’s Black community

Dover Post | by Delaware News Desk Nine members of the Delaware State Legislature released a letter June 17 denouncing systemic racism and pledging full commitment for all legislative reforms necessary to secure equal justice and equal treatment for Delaware’s Black community. “The reality of black disenfranchisement and systemic racism in our society today demands that legislators acknowledge their past failures and face their responsibilities to repair the damage,” said a release from the lawmakers. “To begin healing the wounds suffered by black people we must first acknowledge and accept […]