Kowalko: Delaware economy stalled due to flat tires on the bus

Delaware State News | Letter to the Editor | by Rep. John Kowalko Once again, as we rapidly approach the June deadline, the Delaware General Assembly is boarding this administration’s economic stability/budget bus. Once again, the bus is fitfully careening forward on nearly flat tires. The primary reason leading to this predicament has been this administration’s policy of deflating those tires of their revenue by irresponsibly pushing policies and laws that have taken corporate welfare to a new level. The General Assembly and various agencies such as DEDO (Delaware Economic Development […]

Kowalko: Better a lit match in the ballot box

The News Journal | Delaware Voice | by Rep. John Kowalko When a 12 percent Bernie Sanders’ margin of victory in the Wyoming primary translates into a two-to-one delegate deficit for the winner, due to the Democratic Party, super-delegate aberration we can clearly identify a serious problem facing the sanctity of the electoral process. Here in Delaware as we rapidly approach the day, April 26, when Delawareans will be able to cast their vote of preference for the Democratic standard bearer in the presidential election, we are given small consolation in […]

Opportunities Lost to Corporate Welfare

Within a total of 14 calendar days, SB 200, the “Commitment to Innovation Act,” was rushed through committees, voted on by both chambers (under a suspension of House rules), and signed by the Governor. This latest corporate giveaway will be funded by you the taxpayer and is the latest display of an arrogant disregard for you and your family’s dire economic circumstances. I am forced to post on this matter and the recently signed “Delaware Competes Act” to make you aware of the willingness of this Administration and legislature to […]

Kowalko: Dollars & Sense

The News Journal | Delaware Voice | by Rep. John Kowalko When I originally sat down to the task of composing my thoughts on Delaware’s budget situation, we were facing a $200 million deficit. It was the end of session on June 30, 2015. The Democratic house leadership finally convened our first caucus meeting on Oct, 15, and details were given confirming the dire economic straits facing Delaware taxpayers. Recently it was announced that the Delaware Economic and Financial Advisory Council (DFAC) had concocted an estimate that included an extra $80 million in […]

Off-Shore Wind Project Comes to Delaware

In my capacity as a member of the Delaware General Assembly, I spent nearly the entire 2008 legislative session advocating for the signing of the Power Purchase Agreement between Bluewater Wind, LLC and Delmarva Power and Light Company. This agreement would allow for the construction of the first off-shore wind generation facility in America. In itself, this marks a historically significant moment for alternative energy generation. Couching the argument in terms of economic, health, and environmental benefits allowed for a modified compromise to be negotiated and signed by Delmarva Power […]