Kowalko: Responsibility for all requires respect

Delaware State News | Letter to the Editor | by Rep. John Kowalko I will vigorously support reopening of the economy when the scientific data and studies dictate that the risk to the health and welfare of the public is dramatically lessened. I will not support making life and death decisions when the message to “reopen now” is delivered by those who ignore the realities of this deadly contagion and its capability to infect everyone. I am more reluctant to consider a proposal or position when the messenger presenting that […]

Kowalko: Amazon should give back

Delaware State News | Letter to the Editor | by Rep. John Kowalko Would it be impertinent of me to ask, on behalf of Delaware taxpayers, that the multi-billion-dollar corporation Amazon return the $4.5 million in taxpayer money gifted to them earlier this year by the Partnership for Prosperity and the Delaware Economic Development Office? Amazon owner Jeff Bezos is estimated to be the wealthiest individual in the world with a net worth ranging somewhere over $100 billion. The Amazon distribution center sited for the old GM location has already […]

Kowalko: Privacy laws should not be an excuse to hide important COVID-19 info in Delaware

The News Journal | Guest Column | Rep. John Kowalko Full transparency in government matters is of the utmost importance in embracing and appreciating the public’s right to know. Full transparency guarantees that the public’s need to know is not obfuscated under some misguided interpretation of the public’s right to know. During this most threatening crisis enveloping Delaware, which has its families faced with economic upheavals as well as fears for their safety and welfare, the government must be totally and honestly transparent in regards to the information it is […]

State Rep. Calls On Governor To Disclose COVID-19 Details Citing Public’s Right To Know

First State Media | by Staff Writer Newark Representative John Kowalko has penned an open letter calling on Governor John Carney to release additional details regarding the COVID-19 outbreak in Delaware. COVID awareness a right and a responsibility Full transparency in government matters is of the utmost importance in embracing and appreciating the public’s right to know. Full transparency guarantees that the public’s need to know is not obfuscated under some misguided interpretation of the public’s right to know. During this most threatening and serious crisis enveloping Delaware and its […]

Kowalko: Carney, DHSS misrepresenting information from the CDC

The News Journal | Letter to the Editor | by Rep. John Kowalko The editorial in Wednesday’s News Journal commending the efforts of Govs. Wolf, Hogan and Carney in response to the COVID-19 outbreak should have pointed out the consistent misrepresentation of the Centers of Disease Control reports by Carney and the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services. The recommendation to keep daycares open while closing schools and the additional irresponsible declarations that child care centers are safer places or that children are less vulnerable to becoming infected poses […]

Kowalko: Stop Amazon’s corporate welfare

Delaware State News | Letter to the Editor | by Rep. John Kowalko Once again Delaware taxpayers can bear witness to the ugliness and venality of the so called “Delaware Way”. Amazon, the multi-billion dollar conglomerate owned by one of the richest individuals on the planet, Jeff Bezos, is asking for $4.5 million in Delaware taxpayer money to “establish its operations in Wilmington”. This is another “prime” example of wealthy corporations seeking “corporate welfare” from ordinary working families who struggle each day to afford basic essentials. Throughout my entire tenure […]

Kowalko: Hey, UD president: Not so fast with the stats, bud

The News Journal | Guest Column | by Rep. John Kowalko It is a fact that the University of Delaware is a premier secondary educational institution in Delaware. It is also a fact that total student enrollment has been growing steadily while the percentage of Delaware resident students has declined significantly. Receiving over $120 million in taxpayer monies each year should allow UD to provide more access and outreach to in-state students. Instead Delaware taxpayers and families are presented with statistical data by President Assanis that is purported to be […]

Commentary: Independent government oversight needed

Delaware State News | Opinion | by Nick Wasileski & Keith Steck Transparency, accountability, and “in the public interest” describe essential guideposts to assist state officials in establishing laws, making decisions, and carrying out policies for the well-being, safety, and happiness of Delaware’s citizens. When state officials dismiss these guideposts, misconduct, mismanagement, and neglect of office swiftly can lead to conflicting policies and actions and even fraud. Consequently, the Delaware Coalition for Open Government (DelCOG) perceives a need for an independent, nonpartisan office for oversight and investigation to ensure good […]

Kowalko: The need for good, transparent government

Delaware State News | Letter to the Editor | by Rep. John Kowalko I am challenging all of my colleagues in Dover to join me in reforming Delaware’s lawmaking process. I am asking them to join me in supporting rule changes that disallow last-minute votes on bills that have not been adequately vetted. I am asking them to support rule changes that disallow the use of “suspension of rules” to bring bills to the floor that have not been vetted by a committee or the general public. I ask them […]

Kowalko: DE Turf bill exposes big flaws in how Delaware passes legislation

The News Journal | Opinion | by Rep. John Kowalko Congratulations to News Journal reporter Sarah Gamard on her insightful article, “Why the DE Turf vote has some lawmakers second guessing,” regarding the passage of Senate Substitute 2 for Senate Bill 178 on June 30, the final day of the legislative session. Her reporting has exposed some of the major flaws in the workings of Delaware’s General Assembly. One major concern is the fact that the legislation was presented as an economic development driver without any data to support the […]