Category: Government

By Kathy Canavan State representatives from Maine to Puerto Rico dropped their jaws when Matthew Slaughter delivered bad news about wages and then asked what frustrated workers might do in the voting booth. The average middle-income American household made $51,939 in 2013, $493 less than it made in 1989, said Slaughter, dean of Dartmouth College’s…

By Kathy Canavan The Council of State Governments’ Eastern Regional Conference brought 526 legislators and spouses to the Wilmington Riverfront August 16-19. Two governors, a Ben & Jerry’s executive and columnist Eugene Robinson were among the speakers who addressed the crowd of elected officials. “Me and 70,000 other Wilmingtonians appreciate your being here,” Wilmington Mayor…

Delaware ranked third for state support of arts Delaware Arts Alliance (DAA) shared the findings of The National Assembly of State Arts Agencies’ (NASAA’s) State Arts Agency Fiscal Year 2016 Legislative Appropriations Preview report. The report shows that Delaware is third in the nation for the Per Capita State Arts Agency Appropriations for Fiscal Year 2016. DAA…

It’s a difference with a distinction, a juxtaposition of like terms that can confound critics. Former President Jimmy Carter is a “good man,” likely one of the best men ever to become president of the United States. However, as a president, he was not a “good president,” a view that seems a collective consensus of…

By Kathy Canavan Delaware casino operators give about 55 percent of their combined revenue to the state, horsemen and video lottery vendors under the current revenue-sharing agreement. They keep 45 percent. Pennsylvania operators pay 55 percent of slot revenue and 14 percent of table-games revenue. New Jersey casino operators pay 9.25 percent of gross revenues.…

Travel and tourism experts estimate that the 2016 Democratic National Convention being hosted in Philadelphia will generate well over $200 million for the local economy.  Not to be outdone, the Pope’s visit will provide more than $400 million in financial impact to the region when the pontiff visits for the World Meeting of Families in…

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) It’s lasted six years. But now welcome relief from rising U.S. health care costs seems to be winding down. Health care spending will outpace the nation’s overall economic growth over the next decade, the government forecast on Tuesday, highlighting a challenge for the next president, not to mention taxpayers,…

WASHINGTON (AP) – Looking at the big picture, the financial health of Social Security and Medicare doesn’t appear to have worsened. The annual check-up found that Social Security’s retirement trust fund has enough money to pay full benefits until 2035, a year later than previously projected. Medicare’s giant trust fund for inpatient care won’t be…