Hard Budget Choices Topic of Progressive Democrat Forum, Public Invited

For Immediate Release: May 1, 2017 On May 3, 2017, Progressive Democrats for Delaware will host a Forum on Delaware’s Budget Proposals Panelists include: Governor Carney’s Cabinet Secretary of Finance, Rick Geisenberger; State Representative J. J. Johnson; and State Representative John Kowalko. Panelists will discuss the current state of the budget, budget issues, and proposals to resolve those issues, both for the immediate budget and long term solutions. The Forum will begin at 7:30 PM at New Castle County Party Headquarters, 19 East Commons Blvd., New Castle, DE 19072. Please […]

A Healthy Economy Lies Just Offshore

In February, I flew to London at the invitation of the British Embassy to spend a week of meetings and site visits reviewing the remarkable story of economic and environmental progress made by Great Britain with its offshore wind generation program. The success story in the United Kingdom can and should be replicated here in America. Offshore wind generation, on the eastern seaboard of North America, offers a remarkably effective opportunity for energy independence, electric cost stabilization, job-growth, manufacturing revitalization, national security, and remedying a deteriorating global environment. The results […]

Progressive Taxation Policy — Beneficial to All

There are many common misperceptions of what constitutes “progressive taxation,” and I feel I should take a moment to detail and define the concept and value of this policy. The progressive taxation approach is to create higher tax brackets for those with higher incomes—for example, a minimally higher 0.5% on earnings over $125,000 and 0.75% on earnings only over $250,000 per year. Putting it more simply, this would be a higher bracket for those individuals earning more than a quarter million dollars in taxable income in one year (after exemptions […]

Report Released on Health Care for Delawareans

A Cost Too High: The Financial Harm of the Republican Plan to Eliminate Health Care Since December, the Republicans leading Congress have proposed nothing but reckless plans when it comes to health care. We all know that there’s a lot of room for improvement in our health care system, particularly when it comes to affordability and lowering costs, but none of these proposals would address these issues. In fact, as a new report shows, repealing the Affordable Care Act, capping or cutting Medicaid and privatizing Medicare—the three main Republican proposals—would result […]

Caucus Urges Senators to Vote ‘No’ on Betsy DeVos for U.S. Secretary of Education

For Immediate Release: January 26, 2017 The following letter was sent to Delaware Sens. Tom Carper and Chris Coons and signed by all 25 members of the caucus. Dear Senators Carper and Coons: One of the most critical components of our country’s future is the education of the next generation, providing all students with the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in a 21st century economy. Given the importance of education and its connection to our nation’s success, it is with great concern and urgency that we write you regarding […]

For Delaware’s Biggest Corporations, It’s Better to Receive Than Give

The 149th session of the Delaware General Assembly began yesterday on January 10, 2017. It was in the first week of session last year that the House leadership sponsored and pushed through HB 235, the “Delaware Competes Act,” using an expedited procedure and rules suspensions to have the bill passed and signed before the public could comment on the proposal or even learn about it. That bill, along with SB 200 (introduced and signed within 14 days under a similarly expedited procedure), will cost Delaware taxpayers over $60 million a […]

Economic Policy or Unconditional Surrender?

“AstraZeneca Cutting Jobs” is the front page headline in the December 9th issue of The News Journal. That chilling announcement should be cause for alarm among all taxpayers and working families in Delaware. The reality check that should be paramount in the minds of all legislators is the direction that Delaware’s economy is headed and what this Administration has done to exacerbate the decline. AstraZeneca is just the most recent failure of a costly economic adventure paid for with taxpayer resources. In 1999, then-Governor Tom Carper spent $40.7 million in […]

Kowalko: Delaware’s image – What lies beneath the shadows

The News Journal | Delaware Voice | by Rep. John Kowalko Delaware is a pro-business state. It is relatively simple to form a company. We have no corporate income tax, and we even have special courts to handle corporate disputes. These courts have provided for an unmatched experience and understanding of the issues involved in commercial enterprises. These factors provide our state with a competitive advantage that has made us the choice for legal residence of nearly two-thirds of Fortune 500 companies. However, recently our state’s reputation has suffered because of […]

Kowalko: TPP – An abdication of workers’ rights

Delaware State News | Letter to the Editor | by Rep. John Kowalko All Americans should absolutely and resoundingly oppose the American worker-rights concession known as the Trans-Pacific Trade Agreement. It has numerous, irreconcilable flaws and will cause much horrible damage to working families and American businesses. I will only list a few of the nearly dozen reasons that all should oppose this dereliction of duty. First, the current Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) text allows multinational companies to challenge U.S. laws, regulations and safeguards through a provision called “investor-to-state dispute settlement” […]

Kowalko: Delaware law – facilitator or conspirator?

Delaware State News | Letter to the Editor | by Rep. John Kowalko I filed HB 442 on June 23. It’s a bill to reform Delaware’s LLC licensing process to protect the integrity of the system and prevent illegal and illicit activities from being perpetrated. Recent worldwide media accounts have tarnished Delaware’s reputation as a leader in corporate investment, with oftentimes valid questions raised as to the willingness of Delaware and its citizens to provide an unquestioning attitude towards companies that incorporate here or form LLCs. The questionable behavior of […]