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” […]

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 […]