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 This was the same year that the legislature repealed the “Estate Tax,” ensuring less revenue for programs like DPAP, once again over my (and others) objections.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 […]

Ban toxic flame retardants in Delaware

As National Fire Prevention Week comes to an end, I want to highlight the negative effects of toxic flame retardants, which I have worked to ban in Delaware. Toxic flame retardants are chemicals known to cause cancer and other health effects. While these chemicals were intended to slow or prevent fires, the reality is that they are ineffective and pose serious health risks for millions of Americans. These chemicals are prevalent in everyday household items like carpets, mattresses, and furniture, as well as in firefighter uniforms and many children’s products. In previous […]

Fight against Trump’s Post Office privatization

As Post Office workers rallied to oppose Trump’s plan to privatize the United States Postal Service. I was pleased and privileged to join scores of Postal workers at the Newark Post Office located on Ogletown Road for a full display of unity against such a foolhardy move. Privatization of any government entity has historically resulted in inefficiencies and less services for the people. Privatization allow a third party to profit from the efforts of the workers and inevitably results in less employees and dwindling wages. Further enriching business speculators at […]

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 […]

State Legislators From All 50 States Urge End of Investor-State Dispute Settlement System in NAFTA

Public Citizen | Press Release More Than 300 Republican and Democratic State Legislators From All 50 States Urge End of Investor-State Dispute Settlement System in NAFTA In Letter to U.S. Trade Representative, Lawmakers Say ISDS Undermines State Sovereignty and Lawmaking WASHINGTON, D.C. – With all eyes on the fate of North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) renegotiations, more than 300 state legislators from across the political spectrum and from all 50 states released a letter today urging that the controversial Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) system be eliminated from the deal. […]

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 […]