Lawson runs unopposed in 15th Senate District

15th Senate District

The 15th Senate District is the Marydel area.

Incumbent Sen. David G. Lawson is unopposed.

David G. Lawson, Republican

Age: 69

Occupation: Retired Delaware State Police trooper and business owner

Family: Married with three children

Elective experience: 6 years as Delaware state senator


1. What would be your top priority in this office?

Lawson: My top priority as state senator of the 15th District and a member of the Joint Finance Committee is to get a handle on state spending.

2. If you could change one state policy or law, what would it be?

Lawson: My priority is to get spending under control. I believe our current spending is irresponsible and a wasteful use of taxpayer dollars.

3. Do you support raising the minimum wage?

Lawson: As a businessman, I realize that an employer’s first obligation is to fairly compensate his employees. The employees are the legs that the company stands on. But the market must set the fair wages, not government. I believe that the higher the wage, the higher the cost of living will be, and that cost of doing business is passed directly on to the consumer.

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4. How can the state best create jobs?

Lawson: The state can best allow jobs to be created when we get out of the way. We have burdensome regulations that are destroying the chances of job creation in Delaware every day, such as “climate change” regulations that drives the cost of electricity up. This makes it very difficult to attract businesses that bring jobs to Delaware. I would move to reduce the regulations and then reduce agencies’ regulatory power.

5. Would you vote for legislation reinstating the death penalty?

Lawson: Yes, I would vote to re-instate the death penalty in Delaware. I honestly believe that there are people that are so evil and have committed such vicious crimes against innocent persons that the only way to guarantee the public safety is to put them to death.

6. Should the state make changes to its laws on marijuana?

Lawson: There are changes being made to the marijuana laws in Delaware. We currently allow medical marijuana and oils and have passed legislation to lessen penalties for mere possession. I have seen the carnage on our highways by drunken drivers and I do not think that we need yet another mind-altering substance completely legalized for recreation. On the other hand, if that is what the public wants and there is a definitive test that shows an intoxication level, I would not object.

7. Should the state lower the tax rates on the casinos, do nothing or take some other step to provide relief?

Lawson: I do support reducing the tax burden on the casinos. No other business in this state gets hit with such a high level of taxation. The state has been the “hog at the trough” and it is time that we work at making the state less dependent of gambling revenues.

8. What changes would you make to the Department of Education?

Lawson: I have and will continue working to reduce the bloated, over-regulated, over-financed and self-job promoting Department of Education. The cost to the state for just DOE is a staggering $33 million. This is not money that goes to the classroom and I want to see absolute evidence that this money is being well spent.

9. Does the state spend too much, too little or the right amount?

Lawson: The state’s budget is too high. There is no reason for a three-county state to have a $4.1 billion budget.

10. What should be done, if anything, to increase revenue for the state or cut spending?

Lawson: Long before the state starts to look at tax increases, there must be a very hard look at spending. Spending is out of control. The budget is written on the backs of the casinos and abandoned property. This is very foolish and dangerous and I asked three years ago that the Joint Finance Committee have each department cut their budget by .02 cents on every dollar allocated. That could have amounted to well over $50 million per year since. It was not even considered.

There are “pet” programs that are protected that should and could be cut. We do not have an income problem, we have a spending problem.

11. Do changes need to be made in the state’s employee health care structure?

Lawson: The Affordable Care Act needs to go. That is what is driving the state employee costs up. And the rising costs are unsustainable. One option that is being looked at is a Health Savings Account. In this type of program the employee would have a vested interest in monitoring what health services they need, thereby controlling the cost. There is little to no negotiation with the insurance providers in regard to premiums. Our insured pool of 122,000 was seen as too small and the premiums were/are pretty much set by the insurance companies.

12. What should be done to impact the state’s heroin crisis?

Lawson: I think that a lot of the addiction starts with prescribed medications. I would like to see tighter controls on what medications are truly needed and the amount prescribed. I know that there is some work being done toward this, but it needs to move faster. I also believe that if there were more jobs there would be less drug use. There are treatment centers that need more help with the ever-increasing caseload. Prevention is where we must look and treatment will be needed less.

13. How can the state best continue to fund road and bridge projects?

Lawson: Last year legislation was passed to increase fees at the DMV across the board. The money from this increase was slated to be $24 million and benefit the Transportation Trust Fund. Decisions like this, quality construction and a reduction in wasteful spending should provide funding for bridges and road projects in the future.

14. Anything else?

Lawson: If the General Assembly would commit to control our spending, we will have the revenues we need for a sustainable future. The only difference in the state budget and a household budget is the number of zeros. The mentality of spending, budgeting, and saving needs to be the same in both the average household and the General Assembly. As a state, we need to first handle our needs, and then look at our wants.

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