Lawmakers File Bill Creating Additional Personal Income Tax Brackets for Highest Earners

Delaware General Assembly Press Advisory: For immediate release January 13, 2021 Contact: Rep. John Kowalko 302-547-9351 Lawmakers File Bill Creating Additional Personal Income Tax Brackets for Highest Earners HB 64 would establish three new brackets starting at $125,000 DOVER – Citing a fairness issues and the need for stable, predictable revenue, lawmakers unveiled legislation Thursday that would create three additional personal income tax brackets for the highest wage-earners in Delaware. House Bill 64, sponsored by Rep. John Kowalko, would only impact Delawareans whose taxable personal income exceeds $125,000. All wages […]

Press advisory: Lawmakers release letter of support and commitment to Delaware’s Black community and legislative reforms

Delaware General Assembly Press Advisory: For immediate release June 18, 2020 Contact John Kowalko 25th District Representative 302-737-2396 302-547-9351 State Lawmakers Release Open Letter of Support and Commitment to Delaware’s Black Community and the Delaware Legislative Black Caucus Nine members of the Delaware State Legislature have released a letter denouncing systemic racism and pledging full commitment for all legislative reforms necessary to secure equal justice and equal treatment for Delaware’s Black community. The reality of Black disenfranchisement and systemic racism in our society today demands that legislators acknowledge their past […]

Representatives Kowalko and Baumbach File Delaware Bill to Phase Out Corporate Giveaways

Delaware General Assembly For immediate release: January 29, 2020 Representatives Kowalko and Baumbach File Delaware Bill to Phase Out Corporate Giveaways Legislators from around the country are unveiling a national bipartisan campaign to phase out corporate giveaways by establishing an interstate compact. This bold proposal seeks to liberate states from feeling like the have to participate in subsidy battles with other states, like the AmazonHQ2 process last year, by having states join together. As of Tuesday, the legislation is filed in Delaware, New York, Hawaii, Florida, Illinois, West Virginia, and […]

Legislators from 35 states oppose EPA’s proposed rollbacks to federal coal ash rules

Over 160 members of the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators (NCEL), representing 35 states, have signed a letter in opposition to two recent Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposals to weaken water pollution limits for coal plants and rollback critical human health and safety standards for toxic coal ash. These rollbacks would allow millions of gallons of toxic wastewater to be dumped into waters daily, even though the technology to eliminate this pollution is widely used and affordable. It would also allow leaking ash dumps to continue to accept toxic waste. […]

Bill Would Extend Mortgage Foreclosure Mediation Program

DOVER – Citing the success of helping Delaware families in difficult situations, Rep. John Kowalko filed legislation this week that would extend a critical state program that provides assistance to homeowners facing foreclosure. In response to the foreclosure crisis that gripped the state and nation during the past decade, Delaware lawmakers and former attorney general the late Beau Biden produced a package of bills in 2011 that were enacted with broad bi-partisan support. Among those measures was legislation that strengthened Delaware’s existing voluntary foreclosure mediation program. The Automatic Residential Mortgage […]

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 […]

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. […]

State Lawmakers Petition Attorney General to Investigate Leaking of Confidential Report

The release of a confidential report by any government employee or agency is a startling and alarming incident of a breach of the public’s trust. When the report is additionally bound by confidential guarantees pertaining to individual personnel rights it becomes even more onerous when that confidentially is breached. When it becomes obvious that the release of a part of a report (out of context) is being used unfairly to besmirch the reputation of a political candidate within weeks of an election it translates from illicit to illegal to immoral. […]

Rally to Restore Rodney Square Bus Hub

Without full transparency and openness in the government’s decision making processes we, as legislators, cannot and should not expect to have the public’s confidence and trust in the policies we create and the decisions we make. Delaware’s government has consistently and repeatedly resisted efforts to ensure that the public is totally informed of decisions and policies being made. Despite state FOIA laws, the Governor, his Executive Branch, and other agencies have repeatedly resisted and impeded public access to records and private meetings that have taken place, leading to some of […]

Good news for Delaware utility ratepayers!

As a result of the efforts of the Public Advocate, joined by my colleagues in the General Assembly and members of the public, the Delaware Public Service Commission has ruled to accept the Public Advocate’s petition to restore windfall profits from the recent federal tax cuts to the ratepayers in Delaware. I also am greatly appreciative of a personal note of thanks from Mr. Drew Slater, the Delaware Public Advocate, who is a true champion for the people. We could not have done this without all of us coming together […]