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 […]

Delaware legislature considers eliminating university FOIA exemption

UD Review | by Wyatt Patterson On May 22, Delaware Representative John A. Kowalko introduced a bill that would remove an exemption in Delaware’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) for both the University of Delaware and Delaware State University (DSU). The Delaware Freedom of Information Act, first established in 1977, is a series of laws guaranteeing that the public has access to the records of public bodies. Public bodies are any entity or body that is supported in whole or in part by any public funds. Since 2008, the state […]

How fast is too fast? Delaware officials, stakeholders divided how to reopen amid pandemic

The News Journal | by Sarah Gamard Even as Delaware eases its coronavirus restrictions, Gov. John Carney is still facing pressure from Republican officials and business interest groups who want a faster and more rigorous reopening. Delaware’s business-friendly reputation isn’t meshing well with the state of emergency closures meant to mitigate the spread of the deadly coronavirus — especially as nearby states are lifting some of their restrictions sooner. Criticism of the administration’s reopening strategies has shed light on a growing political divide ahead of the 2020 elections over how […]

Final deal for new Wilmington transit center gives taxpayers less than originally billed

The News Journal | by Karl Baker Three years ago, Delaware officials celebrated a partnership that was to use private dollars to shoulder most of the cost of a new transit hub next to the Wilmington train station. Earlier this week, the Wilmington bus hub opened, but not only did taxpayers bear most of its cost, Delaware’s bus agency, DART, must pay $50,000 a year in rent to a private company that today leases the property from the state for $1. In interviews in 2016 and early 2017, John Sisson, […]

Amazon confirms first phase of giant Del. warehouse

The Philadelphia Inquirer | by Joseph N. DiStefno Amazon has confirmed some details of a much-expected new warehouse center at the former General Motors plant site just west of Wilmington. On Tuesday, Amazon pledged “more than 1,000 full-time jobs” and a first-floor, robotics-heavy 820,000-square-foot operations center at the site, where developer Dermody Properties has filed plans to build as much as 3.8 million square feet, making it potentially larger than any current Amazon center. Dermody built another center for Amazon near Bridgeport, Gloucester County, in 2018. Amazon also erected its […]