Few details available as Amazon seeks $4.5 million in taxpayer grants from Delaware

The News Journal | by Jeanne Kuang The online retailer giant Amazon is asking the state for $4.5 million “to establish its operations in Wilmington, Delaware.” The application for a state economic development grant comes as a Nevada-based distributions company that counts Amazon as a client plans a massive logistics warehouse at the former General Motors plant on Boxwood Road in Newport. The Philadelphia Inquirer, citing unnamed sources, reported Wednesday that the Boxwood Road site will be occupied by Amazon. “We have a policy of not commenting on our future […]

Kowalko: Stop Amazon’s corporate welfare

Delaware State News | Letter to the Editor | by Rep. John Kowalko Once again Delaware taxpayers can bear witness to the ugliness and venality of the so called “Delaware Way”. Amazon, the multi-billion dollar conglomerate owned by one of the richest individuals on the planet, Jeff Bezos, is asking for $4.5 million in Delaware taxpayer money to “establish its operations in Wilmington”. This is another “prime” example of wealthy corporations seeking “corporate welfare” from ordinary working families who struggle each day to afford basic essentials. Throughout my entire tenure […]

Amazon seeks aid from Delaware as plans progress for giant warehouse at former GM plant near Wilmington

The Philadelphia Inquirer | by Joseph N. DiStefano Amazon, the delivery, warehouse and Web services giant that made $1 billion a month in after-tax profits last year, is asking Delaware for a $4.5 million state taxpayer grant “to establish its operations in Wilmington.” The Delaware Economic Development Authority’s Council on Development Finance plans to review a brief proposal for the Delaware Strategic Fund money on Monday. Amazon already employs more than 2,500 full-timers — plus part-time and seasonal workers — at three Delaware sites: the company’s original East Coast warehouse […]

Corporation Service Co. may get state land deal with Wilmington building plans

The News Journal | by Jeanne Kuang Corporation Service Co.’s recent purchase of a Wilmington office building comes with a deal to buy from the state of Delaware a riverfront parking lot next door. The Delaware Department of Transportation plans to sell the lot at 110 S. French St. at the company’s request. The proposal was included in Gov. John Carney’s requested bond bill, introduced last month. The company bought the adjacent office building, which is next to the Wilmington train station, in January for an estimated $4.8 million. It […]

Why the Delaware Way could prevent livestreaming of General Assembly

The News Journal | by Sarah Gamard The so-called “Delaware Way,” the bipartisan tradition in which First State politicians make decisions and work out tensions behind closed doors, could get in the way of the latest efforts to increase transparency. In a state that’s been frequently criticized as having one of the least transparent governments in the country, a group of mostly Republican lawmakers is proposing that the General Assembly start recording its public meetings and posting them online for anyone to watch. It’s something that the vast majority of […]

Kowalko: Hey, UD president: Not so fast with the stats, bud

The News Journal | Guest Column | by Rep. John Kowalko It is a fact that the University of Delaware is a premier secondary educational institution in Delaware. It is also a fact that total student enrollment has been growing steadily while the percentage of Delaware resident students has declined significantly. Receiving over $120 million in taxpayer monies each year should allow UD to provide more access and outreach to in-state students. Instead Delaware taxpayers and families are presented with statistical data by President Assanis that is purported to be […]

Delaware legislators introduce legislation to stop surprise billing

Middletown Transcript | by Delaware News Desk Calling this a “good day for Delaware health care consumers,” Delaware Healthcare Association President and CEO Wayne Smith lauded Rep. David Bentz, D-Christiana, Senate President Pro Tempore David McBride, D-New Castle, Sen. Bryan Townsend, D-Newark, Sen. Nicole Poore, D-New Castle, and a bipartisan group of sponsors and cosponsors who introduced House Bill 286, legislation that would protect patients from “surprise” medical bills. The bill builds on existing Delaware law that protects patients from surprise bills arising from emergency department access of services and […]

Legislators from 35 states oppose EPA’s proposed rollbacks to federal coal ash rules

Over 160 members of the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators (NCEL), representing 35 states, have signed a letter in opposition to two recent Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposals to weaken water pollution limits for coal plants and rollback critical human health and safety standards for toxic coal ash. These rollbacks would allow millions of gallons of toxic wastewater to be dumped into waters daily, even though the technology to eliminate this pollution is widely used and affordable. It would also allow leaking ash dumps to continue to accept toxic waste. […]

Legislature opens amid calls for higher minimum wage

Cape Gazette | by Melissa Steele A minimum wage increase, gun control and legalizing marijuana, hot button issues left over from last legislative session, are still poised for action this session while a Milton legislator hopes his death penalty bill can finally get a vote. In May, Rep. Steve Smyk, R-Milton, introduced the latest version of his Extreme Crimes Protection Act – a bill originally introduced in 2017 that has since been revised. If passed, the bill would bring back the death penalty, which has been on hold since 2016 […]

Delaware Legislature Begins 2020 Session With Little Action, Lots of Unfinished Business

WRDE | by Tom Lehman Dover, Del. (WBOC) – Delaware lawmakers briefly returned to session on Tuesday as they kicked off the second leg of the 150th General Assembly. House and Senate members met for roughly 30 minutes in their respective chambers on a fairly uneventful first day of the 2020 legislative session that saw little action on much of the unfinished business from the previous year. House Speaker Pete Schwartzkopf (D-Rehoboth) said the legislature may revisit proposals for more gun control restrictions, legalizing marijuana, and hiking the minimum wage […]