Are Democratic Ideals and Principles Now Relics of the Past?

In a decision that I can only interpret as a betrayal of the core principles and ideals of Democrats, ten members of Delaware’s Democratic Party House caucus joined the entire Republican House caucus and voted to pass HB 16. The piece of legislation, introduced by Representative Mike Ramone and co-sponsored exclusively by Republicans, would repeal Delaware’s estate tax with a significant and permanent loss of revenue. In 2016, the estate tax brought in $9.3 million of needed revenue despite projections that it would garner only $3.5 million. Future conservative projections […]

State Legislators Join Delaware NAACP to Request AG Opinion on Charter School Legislation

For Immediate Release: May 22, 2017 State Representative Charles Potter, Jr. (1st District) (302) 528-5279 | cpjr00@aol.com State Representative Dr. Stephanie T. Bolden (2nd District) (302) 528-5279 | stephaniet.bolden@state.de.us State Representative John Kowalko (25th District) (302) 547-9351 | john.kowalko@state.de.us Linwood Jackson, President, Delaware NAACP State Conference destconferenceofbranchesnaacp@yahoo.com Attorney General Legal Opinion Requested on Legality of Recently Passed Legislation State Representatives Charles Potter, Stephanie Bolden, and John Kowalko along with Linwood Jackson, President of the NAACP Delaware State Conference, have submitted a request to Delaware Attorney General Matt Denn for a […]

Opposition to Automatic Increases to Delmarva Customer Bills

Recently, representatives and lobbyists for Exelon and Delmarva Power & Light have been circulating proposed legislation that would impose a surcharge of up to $17 million in between electric rate cases and up to $7 million in between gas rate cases for a total of $24 million on Delaware consumers for a “Distribution System Improvement Charge.” This would be to allegedly pay for enhanced reliability. However, Exelon is not telling you that this huge windfall will have significantly less oversight and examination than a base rate case, which has “a […]

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 […]