House passes $4.45B budget but bond bill remains unfinished

DOVER — The House of Representatives approved the $4.45 billion operating budget Thursday, along with a $62 million supplement. By a 41-0 vote, the chamber sent the measure to the Senate. Senators could consider the bill Tuesday, one of the four regularly scheduled legislative days remaining. The spending plan, Rep. Quinn Johnson told his colleagues […]

State housing program aids recent college graduates

DOVER — Dr. Tony Allen eyed local realtors and said “You see us as the market.” Delaware State University’s provost indirectly included Wesley College and the University of Delaware with his school. A $10 million Delaware State Housing Authority initiative for prospective young home buyers launched during a Thursday morning ceremony and opened for business […]

Single-use plastic bag ban set to become law

DOVER — Plastic bags will soon be a thing of the past. Well, sort of. Thursday, the Senate approved legislation limiting single-use plastic bags. The measure, which was approved 13-8, now goes to Gov. John Carney, who will sign it. House Bill 130 will restrict establishments from giving consumers bags that are “made from non-compostable […]

Bills would raise dropout age and allow voting by mail

DOVER — Legislation introduced Thursday would increase the school dropout age to 18, establish voting by mail and set aside money to clean up the state’s waterways. All three bills are sponsored mostly, if not solely, by Democrats, who control both chambers of the General Assembly. House Bill 170 would raise the age for mandatory […]

State spending to increase 4.2% in new budget

DOVER — The General Assembly’s budget-writing committee on Wednesday finished crafting much of the spending plan for the fiscal year starting July 1. While the exact figures were not readily available, the administration’s budget chief estimated the operating budget for the upcoming fiscal year totals about $4.45 billion, an increase of 4.2 percent over the […]

Task force: Homelessness in Dover a ‘moving target’

DOVER — The mission of the Mayor’s Blue Ribbon Task Force to End Homelessness in Dover continued to change shapes and evolve throughout its year-and-a-half tenure. That’s just the nature of trying to hit a moving target, according to Jeanine Kleimo. The task force’s tenure came to an end recently after spending more than a […]

Milford city clerk elected to international board

MILFORD — Milford’s own city clerk has been elected to the Board of Directors of the International Institute of Municipal Clerks (IIMC), a nonprofit organization serving more than 15,000 members worldwide. The announcement came for Master Municipal Clerk Teresa “Terri” Hudson, during the institute’s 73rd Annual Conference in Birmingham, Alabama, May 22. Ms. Hudson will […]

Split over gun control roils Delaware Democrats

DOVER — The demise of three gun bills blocked in committee earlier this month has pitted the Democratic Party against an unusual foe: itself. The Delaware Democratic Party platform calls for “common sense gun safety measures.” But it was Democrats, who control both chambers of the General Assembly, who killed three firearm-related proposals. Opposition from […]

State seeks volunteers to help kids at Family Court hearings

DOVER — Help wanted, especially in Kent and New Castle counties. Seeking paralegals, retired educators, nurses, therapists and other professionals, background check and some training required. For months the Office of the Child advocate has pushed to add volunteers to assist foster care children in Family Court cases. While candidates frequently contact the Court Appointed […]

Budget committee approves pay raises for state workers

DOVER — The General Assembly’s appropriations committee began budget markup Tuesday by approving pay raises for most state workers and rejecting higher health care premiums. The Joint Finance Committee unanimously agreed to include in the budget salary increases of $1,000 for most state employees, as recommended by Gov. John Carney in January. Not included among […]