The 149th General Assembly in facts and figures

DOVER — In the now-concluded 149th General Assembly, no one introduced more legislation than Sen. Bryan Townsend. The Newark Democrat filed 55 bills and resolutions, far more than any other lawmaker. This legislative session closed July 1 after 90 regularly scheduled days, two special-session days and one “extraordinary-session” day. Lawmakers gaveled in on Jan. 10, […]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: More wasteful spending

So the state takes 43 percent off the top for the first three weeks of sports wagering for a profit of $437,000. That math equates to over $7.5 million for a year. Wonder what new programs our elected officials can come up with to waste it? I’m sure there’s a list somewhere. It’s amazing to […]

Sen. Marshall retiring after 40 years in office

DOVER — The second-longest-serving state senator in Delaware history is done. Sen. Robert Marshall, a Wilmington Democrat, announced Monday night in a post to Facebook he will not seek reelection. Sen. Marshall, 71, has represented the 3rd Senatorial District since 1978, but he was set to face a difficult primary against two much younger Democrats. […]

13 of 51 legislative seats uncontested

DOVER — With the first filing deadline in the rearview mirror, more than a dozen lawmakers are in position to coast to reelection. While one House seat currently has seven people in the running, 13 people seeking election have no opponents. All 13 of those are sitting lawmakers, although one is a representative running for […]

2018 General Assembly finally wraps up: Stalls, political fights dominate final hours

DOVER — New year, new promises, same old June 30. One year after swearing they learned from the debacle that was the end of the 2017 legislative session, which saw political differences and a refusal to compromise cause the General Assembly to blow past its budget deadline and enter into an extraordinary session, lawmakers came […]

Carney signs executive order on budget limit

DOVER — Gov. John Carney on Saturday signed an executive order focused on limiting budget growth, although the directive is nonbinding. Based off recommendations issued last month by an advisory panel on budgeting, the order instructs the council that sets the state’s revenue forecast to develop a benchmark aimed at slowing the growth of the […]

Lawmakers ease into final day of legislative session

DOVER — The atmosphere at Legislative Hall this week could hardly have been more different from 2017. After the nightmare that was the end of the legislative session last year, it might have been tough to believe this year’s budget process could be so smooth. Gov. John Carney signed the budget for the upcoming fiscal […]

COMMENTARY: Delaware Sunset Committee needs more support

Delaware’s legislature needs to invest some dollars in itself! The Joint Legislative Oversight and Sunset Committee can do a lot more to help our state ensure our tax dollars are being spent efficiently and effectively. Their current work schedule is light and their results fall way short in comparison to many states. Our legislature needs […]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Bonini should use transportation funds wiser

In this week’s installment of “Follow The Money Trail,” we see that Wesley College has now received $1,000,000 from the Longwood Foundation to renovate the old Dover Public Library building. This is on top of the $750,000 that was misappropriated last fall by Sen. Colin Bonini from the residents of his 16th Senatorial District to […]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Remember the veteran

As of this writing, June 23, we are a week away from the deadline for completion of the state budget. Legislative websites are reporting Gov. Carney has mixed feelings about restoring even partial grant in aid to nonprofit organizations. We trust our legislators will restore the 20 percent reduction cut from last year’s budget, especially […]