Income tax measure filed in House

Delaware State News | by Matt Bittle Democratic lawmakers on Wednesday filed legislation that would raise income taxes for the state’s top earners. House Bill 64 would create three new income tax brackets that would affect only people who make at least $125,000 a year. Delaware currently has six personal income tax brackets, with the top one imposing a rate of 6.6% on all income of more than $60,000. The bill would tax income from $125,001 to $250,000 at 7.1%, $250,001 to $500,000 at 7.85% and above $500,000 at 8.6%. […]

Manufactured-home owners have legal support

Delaware State News | by Newsroom Staff DOVER — Attorney General Kathy Jennings announced Monday that manufactured-home owners in disputes with their community owners will be eligible for free legal representation by the nonprofit Delaware Community Legal Aid Society Inc. under a contract it entered with the Delaware Department of Justice. The contract is made possible by a dedicated attorney fund established by the General Assembly and funded by a 50-cent portion of an existing monthly assessment paid by manufactured-home owners. The contract provides for quality legal representation to those […]

Manufactured home owners eligible for free legal representation under new contract

Dover Post | by Delaware News Desk Delaware Attorney General Kathy Jennings announced Jan. 4 that manufactured home owners in disputes with their community owners will be eligible for free legal representation by the nonprofit Delaware Community Legal Aid Society Inc., under a contract it entered with the Delaware Department of Justice. “Constituents in all three counties have called for this kind of resource for years,” said Jennings. “This is a hard-fought victory for the more than 20,000 home owners in Delaware’s manufactured home communities, many of whom live on […]

Newark-area election results: GOP’s Smith and Ramone retain seats; Democrats win in other districts

Newark Post | by Josh Shannon & Jacob Took In the two most-closely watched local legislative races, Republicans Michael Smith and Michael Ramone both overcame deficits in party registration to hold onto their seats in increasingly Democratic districts. Smith won 63 percent of the vote, while retired engineer and business owner Luann D’Agostino won 37 percent – a difference of nearly 4,000 votes. That’s a dramatic improvement over 2018, when he surpassed a different Democratic opponent by just 140 votes. The district encompasses an area to the northeast of Newark, […]

Education Funding Lawsuit Settlement: What it includes and what it means

Delaware Public Media | by Larry Nagengast A settlement was announced Monday in the high-profile lawsuit filed by NAACP, ACLU and other education advocates seeking to overhaul Delaware’s school funding system to better assist disadvantaged students. Contributor Larry Nagengast has been covering this case and the issues associated for some time now – and this week examines the settlement itself and what it means. It’s a big deal, but it’s not a done deal, and it’s not the whole deal either. That’s the one-sentence summary of the settlement agreement announced […]

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 […]

Newark Charter students, alumni call for change amid allegations of racism

Newark Post | by Josh Shannon A group of Newark Charter School students and alumni are petitioning the administration for changes, alleging that minority students are subjected to racism that goes unpunished by teachers and administrators. Approximately 150 students, alumni, parents and community members gathered via Zoom on Sunday night for a virtual town hall meeting to discuss their concerns and their list of requests for the administration. Many of the students who spoke gave examples of other students using racial slurs, making offensive comments or committing other “microaggressions” that […]

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 […]