Education Funding Lawsuit Settlement: What it includes and what it means

Delaware Public Media | by Larry Nagengast A settlement was announced Monday in the high-profile lawsuit filed by NAACP, ACLU and other education advocates seeking to overhaul Delaware’s school funding system to better assist disadvantaged students. Contributor Larry Nagengast has been covering this case and the issues associated for some time now – and this week examines the settlement itself and what it means. It’s a big deal, but it’s not a done deal, and it’s not the whole deal either. That’s the one-sentence summary of the settlement agreement announced […]

Education Funding Lawsuit Settlement: Will lawmakers get on board?

Delaware Public Media | by Larry Nagengast Much of what is in this week’s education funding lawsuit settlement, including the funding elements, require the Delaware General Assembly’s approval. Contributor Larry Nagengast talked with a number of legislators this week to gauge their support. The transition to a younger, more diverse composition of the General Assembly may well have contributed to Gov. John Carney’s willingness to reach a settlement in the school finance suit filed by Delawareans for Educational Opportunity and the NAACP Delaware State Conference. While lawmakers and others who […]

The Corporate State of Delaware

The American Prospect | by Amelia Pollard The tiny state has long been a hotbed for corporations. Can mounting public pressure push the state to change its centuries-old ways? This article appears in the September/October 2021 issue of The American Prospect magazine. Subscribe here. In early July, President Biden issued a groundbreaking executive order designed to promote competition in the U.S. economy. It was seen as the greatest challenge to the dominance of concentrated power in a generation. During the announcement in the White House’s ornate State Dining Room, Biden sought to inoculate himself from […]

Rep. Kowalko, experts, call on Congress to invest in climate solutions for Delaware

Delaware State News The Climate Action Campaign and the Union of Concerned Scientists hosted a virtual press conference with advocates and experts on Thursday to highlight recent extreme weather in Delaware. They also recognized Sen. Tom Carper for his climate leadership and call on the rest of Congress to follow suit and pass the Build Back Better Act. Just days after the Eastern seaboard experienced heavy rain, severe flooding and other impacts from Hurricane Ida, the speakers discussed an alarming new report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, as […]

Delaware approves largest capital improvement budget in state history

WHYY | by Mark Eichmann Lawmakers were nearly unanimous in their votes in favor of Delaware’s $1.35 billion capital improvement budget, but several expressed reservations about the idea of spending so much money. The spending bill is $400 million more than the FY 2021 capital budget approved last year. Gov. John Carney signed the capital budget along with the $4.77 billion operating budget Wednesday afternoon. He said both bills represent the state’s commitment to sound financial principles. “If you think about it, look at other states across the country, the […]

General Assembly passes largest bond bill in Delaware’s history for FY ’22

WDEL | by DJ McAneny Delaware’s General Assembly managed to pass a behemoth $1.3 billion bond bill Tuesday that spends $400 million over the previous year. “The Fiscal Year ’22 bond bill is the very largest in the state of Delaware’s history,” said bond committee co-chair Democrat Rep. Debra Heffernan. “It takes care of $1.3 billion–billion, with a ‘B’–capital investments throughout the state of Delaware.” The bill puts almost $500 million into transportation and infrastructure; $304 million into K-12 and higher education; $198 million into economic development; $151 million for […]

Record-setting Bond Bill passed, heads to Gov. Carney

Delaware Public Media | by Roman Battaglia & Joe Irizarry Lawmakers passed the largest bond bill in state history today Tuesday, with both chambers overwhemingly approving the $1.3 billion plan. State Senators passed it unanimously. It passed the House 39-1 with State Rep. Lyndon Yearick (R-Camden) voting ‘no’ and State Rep. John Kowalko (D-Newark South) not voting. The bill dwarfs the largest previous Bond Bill – a $863 million dollar allocation two years ago, and is $450 million more than Gov. John Carney proposed in January. State Sen. Nicole Poore […]

Delaware’s 2022 operating budget clears House

Delaware Public Media | by Joe Irizarry House lawmakers easily approve the Fiscal Year 2022 operating budget. The 2022 budget is a $4.77 billion spending plan and more than 4.9% bigger than this year. It passed in the House by a 38-1 vote with two not voting. State Rep. Rich Collins (R-Millsboro) cast the lone ‘no’ vote while Mike Ramone (R-Pike Creek Valley) and Democrat John Kowalko (D-Newark South) were the two not voting. Collins was the lone ‘no’ vote, arguing taxpayers should get some money back since the state […]

Senate Bill 155 would set back open-government initiatives

Delaware State News | Letter to the Editor | by Rep. John Kowalko A few Delaware legislators working with the Department of Justice seem to be interested in further denying the public and media access to its contrivances and methods. Lifting the shroud of secrecy and exposing the horrible underbelly of the “Delaware Way” is facing another serious challenge that threatens the public interest. It is Senate Bill 155, a thinly veiled attempt to shutter the windows from public view. My primary focus during my entire 15 years in office […]

House passes $15 minimum wage, sends bill to governor

Delaware State News | by Matt Bittle After one of the most impactful votes the General Assembly has taken in years, legislation to raise the state’s minimum wage to $15 is now before Gov. John Carney. In a 26-15 party-line vote, the House of Representatives approved a bill to increase the wage floor from $9.25 in a series of steps Thursday. The bill passed the Senate with solely Democratic support in March. Per his office, Gov. Carney backs a $15 minimum wage. Senate Bill 15 would start by increasing the […]