Delaware State Police Special Operations Response Team to be full-time

DOVER — For the most dangerous and delicate situations, Delaware State Police call members of one specialized small group: the Special Operations Response Team, Delaware’s equivalent of a SWAT team. Its troopers handle a wide variety of incidents, from ending shootouts to protecting foreign officials to serving warrants to high-risk subjects, and they do it […]

$65M ‘safety fund’ proposed for schools

  DOVER — Draft legislation unveiled Tuesday would set aside $65 million to protect schools, allowing officials to use the funding to install bulletproof glass, key card entrances, metal detectors, cameras and other security measures. The proposal, sponsored by Sen. Dave Lawson, R-Marydel, is intended as a counterproposal to several Democratic-backed bills that would place […]

Panel OKs pay hike for state employees

  DOVER — On the first day of markup budget-writing lawmakers approved a pay raise for more than 24,000 state government employees — plus an additional $500 bonus for each. That wasn’t all. By the time the day was finished, the Joint Finance Committee had allocated about one-fourth of uncommitted revenue to contractual services, program […]

Townsend: Democrats not supporting clean water bill strongly enough

DOVER — Several lawmakers aired frustrations Thursday over what they see as a lack of investment in clean water by state officials. During a budget hearing involving top environmental officials, a few members of the Joint Committee on Capital Improvement questioned the executive branch’s lack of support for a bill that would create a new […]

Budget requests far exceed proposal for UD, DSU

  DOVER — Delaware’s three public higher education institutions are asking for a combined $178.9 million for capital projects, $159.4 million more than the governor recommended in January. Gov. John Carney’s budget proposal calls for giving $6.5 million each to the University of Delaware, Delaware State University and Delaware Technical Community College, but they say […]

Opioid report ‘a road map’ to combat crisis

  DOVER — For the many Delawareans who have become all too familiar with the state’s substance abuse and mental health resources over the past few years, it’s not news the state could do more. Officials have expanded treatment and begun viewing addiction as a disease rather than a crime, but the state still has […]

Report calls for change in state budgeting with spending limit

  DOVER — A panel examining state budgeting is recommending lawmakers create a cap on annual budget growth, reorganize the Budget Reserve Account to make it easier to tap into in times of need and broaden the tax base by ending some tax breaks and lowering income tax rates. As Delaware has battled with balancing […]

Cautious budget markup starts for state’s lawmakers

DOVER — The good news for the lawmakers responsible for crafting the annual state budget is they aren’t expected to have to make large cuts or find money to balance the budget. The bad news is the extra money they do have is being pulled in several different ways — and could be gone in […]

Democrats target Senate Minority Whip Lavelle over ERA vote

  DOVER — The failure of House Bill 399, the Equal Rights Amendment, in the Senate Wednesday left many people frustrated and disappointed. Both Democrats and Republicans expressed shock over its defeat, and each party blamed the other. The proposal was voted down 11-9, with all but one of the votes in favor coming from […]

Bill creating fee on opioids clears first hurdle

DOVER — Legislation that would create an opioid fee passed out of committee Wednesday, although it will likely be amended to deal with concerns raised by the Department of Health and Social Services and others before receiving a floor vote. Senate Bill 176 would establish a fee on opioids of 1 cent per morphine milligram, […]