Undo the Republican extortion over minimum wage

The minimum wage protects the poorest of the poor working people. Last year, the Republicans in the House took the state budget hostage in order to create alternative categories to undermine a minimum wage increase. Any elected Democrat who chooses to deliberately ignore the plight of those who are struggling to make ends meet under the false pretense that the Republicans are again threatening to hold up legislation such as the Bond or Grant-in-Aid bills should consider changing their registration or resigning from office. Any elected leader of the Democratic Party […]

New utility rate reductions for Delaware customers in 2019

Delaware Public Advocate Drew Slater has announced additional rate reductions for utility customers in Delaware, in addition to the reductions approved last year for Delmarva electric and gas ratepayers. Thank you to the hard work of Mr. Slater and thirty-eight of my fellow legislators and all the other citizens who fought to ensure that the recent federal corporate tax cuts would go to help ratepayers. Please see the press release below for additional information on the most recent rate reduction. John Kowalko State Representative 25th District Public Service Commission Approves […]

Letter of support for Catherine Ciferni for Mayor of Newark 2019

The letter below is being distributed to all City of Newark residents expressing our support for Catherine Ciferni for Mayor of Newark. We hope you will join us in voting for her on April 9. Dear Neighbor, We are writing to ask you to vote for Catherine Ciferni for Mayor of Newark on April 9, 2019. We have known and worked with Catherine for many years and have been impressed with her grasp of city issues and commitment to government transparency and citizen input. Catherine will be a full-time mayor and will […]

Endorsement of Catherine Ciferni for Newark Mayor

It is a privilege and a pleasure to endorse and support Catherine Ciferni in her bid to become the next Mayor of Newark. As a state representative and resident of the city, I have always insisted that Newark’s elected officials work on behalf of all of the families and residents in Newark without any reservations or special interest agendas. I have worked with Catherine, a longtime civic activist, on many issues over the years and I know her to be extremely engaged and knowledgeable as far as what’s impacting Newark […]

Economic stability requires progressive tax structure

With the start of the new legislative session last week, we must take concrete steps to avoid the last minute budget scramble in June. Delaware needs to improve the long-term stability of its revenue streams by creating two new personal income brackets. HB 14 and HB 15 would create brackets applicable to Delaware taxable income in excess of $125,000 and in excess of $250,000. Currently, our highest bracket is rate is $60,000, and income over that $60,000 is taxed at 6.6% (income below and up to the $60,000 is taxed between […]

DART Holiday Schedule 2018

Dear Neighbor, Happy holidays! Warmest thoughts and best wishes to everyone this holiday season. Wishing you and your families a wonderful holiday and Happy New Year. Below you can find information about DART’s holiday schedule for this year. Additionally, the City of Newark will continue its tradition of offering downtown parking at no charge during select days to encourage residents and visitors to shop and dine local and support small businesses. From Sunday, December 23rd through Wednesday, December 26th as well as Monday, December 31st and Tuesday, January 1st, municipal […]

Free Holiday Parking for Downtown Newark

Dear Neighbor, Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas to you and your family! In keeping with holiday tradition, the City of Newark will offer parking at no charge downtown on several days to encourage residents and visitors to shop and dine local and support small businesses. Municipal parking meters and lots will be available to use at no charge from Sunday, December 23rd through Wednesday, December 26th and Monday, December 31st to Tuesday, January 1st. The interactive map below highlights the location of on-street metered parking as well as municipal-run parking […]

Volunteer to be a Poll Greeter

Want to help on Election Day?  Poll greeters stand outside a polling location to welcome voters and ask them to support a particular candidate. I would love your help this November 6. Just fill out the information below and we will get back to you. Thanks! [ninja_form id=7]

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 […]