Delmarva To Reduce Your Bill By Passing Along Trump Tax Cuts To Customers, Drops Rate Hike Request

First State Update | by Staff Writer Staff of the Delaware Public Service Commission and the Division of the Public Advocate executed a settlement Wednesday that will result in a rate reduction of almost $7 million for Delmarva Power customers. This action will save the typical Delmarva electric customer approximately $80 a year. According to the settlement, instead of an initial proposed $65 per year (4.7%) increase, the customer will see a more than $15 annual decrease in their electric costs (-1.4%.). The settlement resolves the pending rate increase request […]

Rate reduction for Delmarva Power customers

ABC 47 | by Camila Fernandez DELMARVA – The staff of the Delaware Public Service Commission and the Division of the Public Advocate are in the final phase of getting a rate reduction of 6.85 million dollars for Delmarva Power customers. According to the Delaware Division of the Public Advocate, the settlement resolves a pending rate increase request from Delmarva that initially included 31 million dollars in costs to be passed on to customers. The petition has been supported by 38 Delaware state legislators led by representatives John Kowalko and […]

Delmarva Power customers get electric rate decrease instead of hike

The News Journal | by Jeff Neiburg Delmarva Power customers won’t be subject to a rate increase for their electricity after all. In fact, they’ll be paying a little less. The Delaware Public Service Commission and the Division of the Public Advocate executed a settlement Wednesday that will result in a rate reduction of $6.85 million for Delmarva Power customers, Instead of an initial $65, or 4.7 percent, hike proposed for typical Delmarva electric customers, they will see a more than $15 annual decrease in their electric costs, a drop […]

Delaware Democrats hand Carney setback by shelving budget bill

The News Journal | by Scott Gross A proposal to change how the Delaware General Assembly allocates tax dollars has died without a single vote being cast – marking another defeat for Gov. John Carney at the hands of his fellow Democrats. A Constitutional amendment that would force lawmakers to limit spending in good years and save that extra revenue for tight years will not be called up for a vote before the end of the legislative session on Saturday, despite being co-sponsored by half of the state’s lawmakers. “That’s […]

Delmarva Power Rates to Decrease According to New Settlement

Delaware News | Press Release DOVER – Staff of the Delaware Public Service Commission and the Division of the Public Advocate executed a settlement Wednesday that will result in a rate reduction of $6.85 million for Delmarva Power customers. The settlement resolves a pending rate increase request from Delmarva that initially included $31 million in distribution costs to be passed on to electric consumers. Earlier this year, the Public Service Commission approved a petition from the Public Advocate requesting a reduction in Delmarva rates as a result of savings realized […]

Delaware House rejects marijuana legalization bill

Newark Post | by Randall Chase DOVER – The state House on Wednesday evening rejected a bill that would legalize marijuana for recreational use in Delaware, with the chief sponsor blaming continued opposition from the law enforcement community. The legislation, which included an amendment aimed at addressing concerns of opponents, failed on a 21-15 vote, falling four votes short of the required three-fifths majority. Five lawmakers, all members of the Democratic majority, declined to vote on the measure, ensuring its failure. Among the legislators who represent the Newark area, Paul […]

Don’t buy the corporate spin. ‘Budget smoothing’ means budget cuts.

The News Journal | Opinion | by Rep. John Kowalko The usual suspects of corporate propagandists are at it again, disingenuously arguing for budget cuts under the guise of revenue stabilization. House Bill 460, supported by these corporate lobbyists in an article published in the Sunday News Journal, is an attempt to pass a Grover Norquist conservative dream version of a “balanced budget amendment.” The proposed constitutional change would establish budgetary constraints to force the services and programs of the most vulnerable Delawareans onto the chopping block regardless of the […]

Listen to the public: Restore the Rodney Square bus hub

The News Journal | Delaware Voice | by Rep. John Kowalko & John Flaherty On Dec. 17, Delaware’s transit agency, DART, dismantled the bus hub at Rodney Square in Wilmington at the urging of Gov. John Carney. Removing a bus hub and the bus stops located there is an action that has never before been done across America, as far as we know. Many bus riders reacted with outrage when the proposal was announced. Now, DART passengers face daily disruption as they endure walking several city blocks to make their […]

Dwindling DNREC funds: Fewer fines or fewer polluters to blame?

The News Journal | by Maddy Lauria For more than a decade, a portion of fines levied against Delaware’s worst polluters has been returned to impacted communities through a state grant program that funds projects like the Valley Community Garden in Wilmington’s West Center City. But the fund that supports community gardens, parks, trails and other environmentally minded projects has been dwindling for years, leading to disappointing news for a handful of nonprofits aiming to improve neighborhoods that have been overburdened by pollution. “The applications totaled almost $198,000 and I […]

Bill would require legislature to allocate settlement funds

Delaware State News | by Matt Bittle DOVER — Legislation introduced Thursday, five days ahead of the General Assembly’s return from the annual February break, would prohibit any settlement funds from being allocated by anything less than the full legislature. The bipartisan measure, sponsored by Rep. John Kowalko, D-Newark, is in response to a 2016 allocation of bank settlement funds approved by the Joint Finance Committee on the recommendation of Attorney General Matt Denn. The Democratic-controlled committee agreed to spend the money on a plan to reduce foreclosures, fix up […]