Kowalko: Is Delaware committing genocide against the middle class?

Delaware State News | Commentary | by Rep. John Kowalko If you’re still upset about Hillary Clinton’s $600,000 price tag for delivering inspiring speeches to Corporate American entities, then consider the following in the matter of Delaware taxpayer giveaways and job creation: By my calculations, JP Morgan can afford 16.6 Hillary speeches paid by Delaware taxpayer money alone. DuPont/Dow can buy about 20 H.C. inspirational talks. Sallie Mae can afford about six sessions. The list goes on and on. So if you’re looking for job and business creation from the […]

Kowalko: Taxpayers should fight corporate welfare

The News Journal | Opinion | by Rep. John Kowako Delaware taxpayers are once again being asked to close their collective minds and open their collective wallets. Another grotesque giveaway to another wealthy corporation has been proposed. Instigated, orchestrated and supported by the Chamber of Commerce, the Business Roundtable, Delaware’s State Department, Gov. John Carney’s administration and a vast number of corporate shills that occupy the General Assembly, we are once again being cajoled to give millions of dollars to a profitable company under the guise of economic development. In […]

Kowalko: General Assembly ignores alternatives for Delaware

Delaware State News | Letter to the Editor | by Rep. John Kowalko Some of Friday’s House activity needs further explanation and clarification. There have been excuses made, and aspersions cast. I will not attempt to justify or excuse the failures of the entire General Assembly, its leadership and the governor throughout this self-created crisis. However, I do think that the public and all Delawareans deserve to be made aware of all of the options available to our elected officials and how we abdicated and continue to abdicate our responsibilities […]

Letter: Tighten LLC screenings

The News Journal | Letter to the Editor | by Nick Waslieski The Delaware Coalition for Open Government (DelCOG) is urging members of the House Judiciary Committee to support House Bill 57, sponsored by Rep. John Kowalko, Rep. Kim Williams, and Sen Bruce Ennis. If signed into law by the governor, HB 57 will require all resident agents to screen applicants that form limited liability companies against sanctions lists maintained by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). DelCOG has been researching online sources and found at least two Delaware […]

Delaware Coalition for Open Government urges support for HB 57

Dover Post | Opinion | by Delaware Coalition for Open Government The Delaware Coalition for Open Government is urging members of the House Judiciary Committee to support House Bill 57, sponsored by Reps. John Kowalko and Kim Williams and Sen. Bruce Ennis, and to refer the bill to the full House of Representatives for their consideration when the bill comes before the Committee at 12:30 p.m. June 14 in the House Majority Hearing Room, Legislative Hall, Dover. If passed by the general assembly and signed into law by the governor, HB […]

Delaware estate tax ‘last chance’ at economic fairness

Delaware State News | Opinion | by Timothy Barchak On May 18, the Delaware House of Representatives voted to end Delaware’s estate tax as of Dec. 31, 2017. The bill, HB 16, has been assigned to the Delaware Senate Finance Committee for review. It is likely to eventually be voted on by the full State Senate. The estate tax impacts only the wealthiest among us, the heirs to large estates. Nationally, about two estates out of 1,000 are impacted by the estate tax, and the heirs owe, on average, 17 percent […]

Letter: Increase LLC fees to avoid education cuts

Cape Gazette | Letter to the Editor | by Carolyn Quinn Currently every domestic and foreign limited liability company registered in Delaware pays an annual tax of $300 to do business here. On March 28, Rep. John Kowalko introduced House Bill 101 which would increase that tax to $325. On May 3, he added an amendment that would raise the increase to $350. HB 101 was scheduled for a hearing in the House Revenue & Finance Committee May 3, but Rep. Quinn Johnson’s motion to table the bill passed. When the […]

Legislation would be ripoff for utility customers

The News Journal | Opinion | by Alan Muller As Delaware reaches the peak of its political season, there’s no more powerful example of the prevailing special interest chokehold than Senate Bill 80 (now replaced with the nearly identical Senate Substitute 1). This bill would create a new line item charge (“distribution system improvement charge”) on Delmarva Power electric and gas bills, without meaningful opportunities for public review of the additional charges. Total charges without a “rate case” could amount to $24 million. In some respects this proposal resembles the undying “Bloomgate” […]

Kowalko: Estate tax repeal victimizes needy Delawareans

The News Journal | Opinion | by Rep. John Kowalko In a decision that I can only interpret as a betrayal of the core principles and ideals of any self-respecting Democrat, 10 members of Delaware’s Democratic Party House caucus joined the entire Republican House caucus and voted to pass HB 16. The piece of legislation, introduced by Representative Mike Ramone and co-sponsored exclusively by Republicans, would effectively repeal Delaware’s Estate Tax with a significant and permanent loss of revenue. In 2016 the estate tax brought in $9.3 million of needed revenue […]

Right-to-Work is wrong for Delaware

The News Journal | Opinion | by Democratic Members of the House Labor Committee If it’s the start of a legislative session, then it means that Republicans are dusting off a tried-and-proven-untrue solution to bolster our economy. Much like the movie “Groundhog Day,” we seem destined to repeatedly push back against a popular Republican policy idea that has the most ironic nickname: Right-to-Work. Make no mistake, Right-to-Work legislation is anything but. These laws directly affect our neighbors who work as teachers, police, government employees, and construction workers by weakening and removing the ability […]