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 […]

Child care centers remain open in Delaware at state’s recommendation

Delaware Public Media | by Nick Ciolino Schools are closed in Delaware amid concerns about the spread of the new coronavirus, but many child care providers are staying open. The state of Delaware issued guidance to non-public child care providers earlier this week recommending they stay open. The state cites a CDC recommendation and data showing out of 74,000 cases of COVID-19 in China, only 2 percent under the age of 19. The guidance also recommends increasing sanitary practices at child care centers. Jill Fredel is Director of Communications for […]

Newark Representative Takes Issue With DHSS’ Private Childcare Coronoavirus Guidance

First State Update | by Staff Writer Newark State Representative John Kowalko is taking issue with the “Guidance for Childcare Providers on Coronavirus” provided this morning. by the Delaware Health and Social Services (DHSS). Kowalko said the press release from DHSS sent out regarding childcare should be rescinded immediately. It wasn’t sourced adequately and the sources quoted were outdated or inaccurate. You are doing harm if you encourage daycares to stay open to spread this virus, Kowalko said in an email to the agency. Governor Carney did the right thing […]

Think Delaware’s two biggest universities are public?

The News Journal | by Natalia Alamdari Both the University of Delaware and Delaware State University receive millions in state tax dollars each year, with UD taking home the bulk of that higher education funding. Both offer lower tuition rates and prioritized scholarships for students from Delaware. Both are categorized as public universities on national college ranking lists. Most people would assume that Delaware’s largest universities are public institutions. But they’re not. UD has a private charter and DSU is a private corporation. That means that even though both schools […]

Transparency murk: Will General Assembly crack open the door?

Dover Post | by Sarah Gamard When House Speaker Pete Schwartzkopf announced earlier this month that his staff has been researching livestreaming Delaware General Assembly debates for more than a year, a lot of people were surprised. Some were even incredulous. “I don’t know what Schwartzkopf is trying to make out of whole cloth, but it’s not anything other than a figment of his imagination to say that we have been working on this for a year,” said Rep. John Kowalko, D-Newark, who is a member of Schwartzkopf’s caucus. “I’ve […]

Was the fate of Delaware’s government transparency proposal decided in secret?

The News Journal | by Sarah Gamard When House Speaker Pete Schwartzkopf announced earlier this month that his staff has been researching livestreaming Delaware General Assembly debates for more than a year, a lot of people were surprised. Some were even incredulous. “I don’t know what Schwartzkopf is trying to make out of whole cloth, but it’s not anything other than a figment of his imagination to say that we have been working on this for a year,” said Rep. John Kowalko, D-Newark, who is a member of Schwartzkopf’s caucus. […]

Delaware gives $4.5 million to bring Amazon to former Newport-area auto plant site

The News Journal | by Sarah Gamard It’s now safe to say that Amazon, with the help of $4.5 million in Delaware taxpayer grants, is coming to the Newport area. The company, which reported $3.3 billion in profits for the three months that ended in December, says it is bringing about 1,000 full-time jobs to the former General Motors plant site on Boxwood Road. The state’s seven-person Council on Development Finance approved the grant on Monday. A Nevada-based distribution company that counts Amazon as a client plans those jobs and […]

Despite protests, Delaware to give Amazon $4.5 million for its largest-ever warehouse

The Philadelphia Inquirer | by Joseph N. DiStefano Delaware officials approved plans Monday to aid Amazon’s largest-ever “fulfillment center” on the site of a demolished General Motors plant west of Wilmington. The state Council on Development Finance unanimously approved $4.5 million in taxpayer subsidies for the 5½-story warehouse over objections from a few state legislators, plus union workers and neighbors. Site owner Dermody Properties plans to spend $200 million building the warehouse, and Amazon would spend another $50 million outfitting the site with robotics and other equipment, pending final negotiations. […]

Delaware to give Amazon $4.5M for distribution center in Newport

WDEL | by Mark Fowser The Delaware Council on Development Finance approved a $4.5 million grant from the state’s Strategic Fund for Amazon Monday. Amazon is seeking to build a “next-generation” fulfillment center on the site of the former General Motors plant on Boxwood Road in Newport, officials for the company said on February 24, 2020. In exchange, Amazon said it will invest $250 million and bring 1,000 new jobs to the area. The company said it’s committed to hiring local workers. Holly Sullivan of Amazon told those in attendance […]

Amazon to receive $4.5 million in Delaware taxpayer money for new distribution center

Delaware Public Media | by Sophia Schmidt Amazon could receive millions in taxpayer dollars from the state after a vote by economic development officials Monday. The State Council on Development Finance voted unanimously Monday to approve a $4.5 million Strategic Fund Grant to Amazon for a new Delaware location. Amazon has proposed leasing the portion of the former General Moters Boxwood Road plant near Newport that Nevada-based developer Dermody Properties bought last year. Amazon plans to invest $50 million in equipment to outfit a 3.7 million square foot “next generation” […]