Delaware Prescription Assistance Program (DPAP) Update

Two years ago, the General Assembly passed a state budget that canceled the “Delaware Prescription Assistance Program” (DPAP) over my strenuous objections. This was the same year that the legislature repealed the “Estate Tax,” ensuring less revenue for programs like DPAP, once again over my (and others) objections. That year, I voted against the budget recommended by the Joint Finance Committee because of the harmful choices that the JFC and Governor were insisting upon. Unfortunately my vote did not stop the mandating of such cruel choices and the results were […]

Picnic Fundraiser Invitation

I hope you will join me on Saturday, October 6, for a fun-filled, good time at my house. All are welcome to come for some food or just some good conversation. You can RSVP below and find more details on the Facebook event page. If you are unable to make it, you can also still make a donation to help my re-election campaign. I hope to see you there! John Kowalko State Representative 25th District  

Legislative Update for 2017-2018

Dear Neighbor, My most recent legislative update should be coming to you in the mail for residents of the 25th District. You can also view a copy using the link below. I also have five survey questions in my newsletter this year, and I hope you will let me know your opinion on those topics. As always, please do not hesitate to contact my office with any questions or concerns you may have about issues in the 25th District or the state. John Kowalko State Representative 25th District Click to […]

Hurricane Florence Update

Hurricane Florence is currently expected to make landfall on the coast of North Carolina tomorrow. Meteorologists predict that Delaware may be affected by 1-2 inches of rain. State agencies and Delmarva power are prepared with response teams, although it is unlikely at this point that a State of Emergency will need to be declared. It is important to be prepared, just in case. Making a disaster plan is a good place to start. Click here for a Red Cross resource guide on how to make your plan. Another good way […]

New savings coming to Delmarva electric bills

Over a year after seeking an increase in rates for electric customers, Delmarva Power (DP&L) has agreed to a settlement that will actually see a decrease in electric rates. The successful outcome of this long fight was only possible due to the remarkable efforts of the Delaware Public Advocate, Drew Slater, who deserves my sincerest appreciation and respect. When Delmarva submitted this most recent request for a rate increase last year (PSC Docket #17-0977), I continued my practice of intervening in rate cases that are brought before the Public Service […]

Primary Election Endorsements by Representative Kowalko

Today is primary election day in Delaware! You must be a registered Democrat or Republican to be able to vote in the primary election. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. You can find your polling place here:   Dear Friend, I do not often make primary election endorsements, but the following Democratic candidates have stood out from the rest and earned my support. I have endorsed Kathleen Davies for State Auditor and Chris Johnson for Attorney General because I believe they are the most qualified candidates […]

Endorsement of Chris Johnson for Delaware Attorney General

Over the past few years, I’ve found the Delaware DOJ to be unable or unwilling to enforce transparency and FOIA obligations of some state agencies including the Executive Branch. This unwillingness to investigate or take action in a number of cases even extended to a refusal to conduct a review of the DOJ itself in a critical matter of misappropriation of public funds requested by two state legislators. I discussed these discomforting actions with Attorney General primary candidate Chris Johnson at some length. I evaluated his plans and policy proposals […]

Delaware becomes first state to ban outdoor use of lead paint

Yesterday, the Governor signed HB 456, one of the most important bills to be passed by the State Legislature. This landmark legislation will ensure cleaner air, water, and soil and help protect the public against the threat that lead based products presents by banning the use of lead paint on outdoor structures. A special and sincere thank you goes out to Amy Roe and Sarah Bucic, two of the hardest working and knowledgeable environmental advocates in Delaware. Their persistent efforts in helping draft this bill, promoting this bill, and explaining […]

State Lawmakers Petition Attorney General to Investigate Leaking of Confidential Report

The release of a confidential report by any government employee or agency is a startling and alarming incident of a breach of the public’s trust. When the report is additionally bound by confidential guarantees pertaining to individual personnel rights it becomes even more onerous when that confidentially is breached. When it becomes obvious that the release of a part of a report (out of context) is being used unfairly to besmirch the reputation of a political candidate within weeks of an election it translates from illicit to illegal to immoral. […]

Victory in fight for utility rate reduction!

A recent settlement brings good news to Delmarva Power and Light electricity consumers. I chose to intervene in PSC Docket #17-0977 in order to join the Public Advocate, Drew Slater, in trying to mitigate the proposed increase in electric rates requested by Delmarva Power & Light. The recent settlement removes any increase and will decrease electrical rates for Delmarva ratepayers. The original rate increase request was for $31 million. That would have resulted in a $65 per year (4.7%) increase for a typical user. As the Public Service Commission hearings […]