Kowalko: Dollars & Sense

The News Journal | Delaware Voice | by Rep. John Kowalko When I originally sat down to the task of composing my thoughts on Delaware’s budget situation, we were facing a $200 million deficit. It was the end of session on June 30, 2015. The Democratic house leadership finally convened our first caucus meeting on Oct, 15, and details were given confirming the dire economic straits facing Delaware taxpayers. Recently it was announced that the Delaware Economic and Financial Advisory Council (DFAC) had concocted an estimate that included an extra $80 million in […]

Opting out of tests does not mean copping out on accountability

The Washington Post | Letter to the Editor | by Rep. John Kowalko As the author and primary sponsor of Delaware’s “opt-out” bill, I was hard-pressed to understand the position in the Jan. 9 editorial “Opting out of accountability,” supporting Delaware Gov. Jack Markell’s (D) veto of a bill that would allow parents to opt their children out of standardized testing. The governor is not “standing up for accountability” in vetoing the bill but rather standing firmly against parents’ wishes and rights. The legislation does not suggest or give “an […]

Delaware ADA Condemns Move to Silence Legislative Hero

Organization supports Rep. John Kowalko’s work to bring more transparency to state government Wilmington, DE – Progressive organization Delaware Americans for Democratic Action offers its full support to State Rep. John Kowalko (D-25) for his unwavering effort to hold state government more accountable and roundly condemns action taken by House leadership last week in stripping Rep. Kowalko from his seat on the House Education Committee and taking away his chairmanship of the House Energy Committee. “What the House leadership has done to Rep. Kowalko this week is nothing short of […]