Gov. Carney’s plan would eliminate Delaware Economic Development Office

Delaware Public Media | by James Dawson Gov. John Carney is ready to hand Delaware’s Economic Development Office a pink slip. Carney’s proposal would trade in parts of the 36-year-old DEDO for a public-private partnership. It would be made up of a 15-member board filled with business leaders, nonprofit heads and university researchers. “The heart of it is going to be in an innovation, entrepreneurial, startup economy so we need a more entrepreneurial approach to compete, in my view, and in the view of a lot of the business leaders in […]

Budget battle heats up for lawmakers

Delaware State News | by Matt Bittle DOVER — With 47 days left before the fiscal year ends, the General Assembly still has a way to go to erase a gap of nearly $400 million between projected revenue and spending. Lawmakers recently took another step toward solving the problem by introducing legislation raising the corporate franchise tax, but the legislature still has hurdles to overcome before it can balance the budget. The franchise tax measure, which has bipartisan support, is a key part of Gov. John Carney’s budget proposal, bringing […]

Delaware marijuana legalization bill approved by committee

Newsworks | by Zoë Read Delaware took another step toward becoming the ninth state to approve recreational marijuana up to an ounce for those over 21. The General Assembly’s House Revenue and Finance Committee voted 10-2 Wednesday to release legislation to legalize recreational cannabis. However, it could take much longer to get a full House vote, as the bill’s sponsors work to improve the legislation over the next several weeks. “I want to get as many people at the table so we’re not going back and piece-mealing changes to the […]

Delaware House votes in favor of death penalty

Newsworks | by Zoë Read Delaware is on its way to restoring the death penalty after the state’s high court ruled it unconstitutional last year. The House voted 24-16 Tuesday to reinstate capital punishment. The legislation must now pass in the Senate before it hits Gov. John Carney’s desk. Last year, Delaware’s Supreme Court declared the death penalty unconstitutional because it leaves the final sentencing decision to a judge and not a jury. The measure sponsored by Rep. Steve Smyk, R-Milton, calls for a unanimous jury decision, and a judge’s […]

Delaware House passes bill reinstating death penalty

The News Journal | by Matthew Albright Despite the impassioned pleas of several of its members, the House of Representatives passed legislation Tuesday that would bring the death penalty back to Delaware. The bill now heads to the Senate, where supporters of capital punishment face a tougher vote. And it remains uncertain whether Gov. John Carney would sign or veto it. The House voted 24-16 to pass the Extreme Crimes Protection Act, which requires that juries unanimously agree that aggravating circumstances in a murder merit a death sentence. The bill’s […]

State House votes to revive death penalty in Delaware

WDEL | by Staff Writer A bill regarding the reinstatement of the death penalty in Delaware passed the state House Tuesday by a vote of 24 to 16. There was one absent vote May 9, 2017. The bill exited the House Judiciary Committee on May 3 by a vote of 7 to 4. “Keeping people safe is not the same as ensuring that our laws provide an avenue to satisfy the appetite for vengeance,” said Representative John Kowalko (D-Newark). Some critics of the bill have said House Republicans are wrongfully […]

House leadership takes advantage of trooper’s death to push death penalty bill

WDEL | by Joe Izizarry The death penalty bill voted out of committee yesterday is on today’s House Agenda. “An irresponsible move by leadership by Pete Schwartzkopf putting that on the agenda with little to no notice to the general public,” said Representative John Kowalko. “It is an important issue.” Representative would rather see another week before the legislation goes to the full House. He accuses leadership of trying to take advantage of Corporal Stephen Ballard’s killing to try and fast track this bill. Another reason Kowalko would like to […]

Some Democrats not in favor of parts of Carney’s budget

WDEL | by Joe Izizarry Two lawmakers agree with many educators that the Governor John Carney’s budget hits education too hard. Representative J.J. Johnson would like to see the issue with Wilmington schools be resolved. “This latest proposal with WEIC was the best,” said Johnson. “I’m very disappointed that the state can not set aside money to address it.” Representative John Kowalko is also disappointed WEIC isn’t part of Carney’s budget, and he added if any cuts should be made to education, they should be at the State level. Secretary […]

State employees protest Carney budget

Delaware State News | by Matt Bittle DOVER — “Enough is enough!” That was the rallying cry for approximately 40 state government employees at a news conference Tuesday to protest what they claim is poor treatment by the state. Gov. John Carney has called for raising their health care costs, possibly with higher premiums or deductibles. As a result, the recipients of those proposed changes are complaining. State government employees say they’re struggling to pay their bills and feeling “disrespected” by lawmakers and the governor. “During my time with the […]

Delaware state employees say they’ve shared enough sacrifice

WDEL | by Amy Cherry Chanting “enough is enough,” dozens of state workers rallied Tuesday in Dover against what they labeled Governor John Carney’s so-called “shared sacrifice” budget proposal, which seeks to close a $385 million budget gap through both tax hikes and program cuts. Keisha Daniels has worked as a state social worker for more than a decade; she has a Master’s degree, but makes $33,000 a year and can’t pay her bills. “The 1 percent pay raise that they did give us, at the same time, they increased […]