Category: Government

Statehouse Business: Week 2

Delaware Business Times will recap each week of the 2020 Delaware General Assembly by tracking bills of interest in the state’s business community as they proceed through the legislative process. A bill is first assigned to either a House of Representatives or Senate committee for hearings on its proposal within 12 days of introduction. After…

Carney stresses economic development in State of the State

DOVER – Many of the state’s business leaders were anxiously waiting to hear what Gov. John Carney would prioritize in his last State of the State address of his first term, and they didn’t have to wait long to hear the governor’s economic development priorities. Carney led his annual address on Thursday, Jan. 23, with…

NCC Council OKs septic subdivision ban extension with sunset

WILMINGTON – The New Castle County Council unanimously approved an 18-month extension of its moratorium on the use of septic systems in subdivisions on Jan. 14, denying the Meyer administration’s proposal to make the moratorium permanent amid outcry from farmers. Council members were able to find consensus on the controversial issue by enacting a sunset…

Why wait to speculate on Carney’s eventual successor?

Who will be Delaware’s next governor? No, not in 2021 from the 2020 elections. Rather in 2025, from the 2024 elections! Little reason exists now to believe that Gov. John Carney will face serious opposition from either the Republicans or within his own party. Carney reportedly does face some of the carping from within his…

Statehouse Business: Week 1

Delaware Business Times will recap each week of the 2020 Delaware General Assembly by tracking bills of interest in the state’s business community as they proceed through the legislative process. A bill is first assigned to either a House of Representatives or Senate committee for hearings on its proposal within 12 days of introduction. After…

Senate confirms Paul Fioravanti to Chancery

DOVER – The state Senate unanimously confirmed Paul Fioravanti Jr. to the vacant Vice Chancellor of the Court of Chancery seat following a hearing Wednesday, Jan. 15. Gov. John Carney nominated Fioravanti to fill the seat seat left open by the promotion of former Vice Chancellor Tamika Montgomery-Reeves to the Delaware Supreme Court. The Senate…

Delaware’s AAA bond ratings upheld

WILMINGTON – Delaware once again received the highest possible bond ratings from all rating agencies ahead of the state’s issuance of $300 million in general obligation bonds later this month. The news that all four major bond rating agencies – Fitch Ratings, Moody’s Investor Services, S&P Global and Kroll Bond Rating Agency (KBRA) – upheld Delaware’s…

Del. statehouse staff to attempt to unionize

DOVER – While the capitol is used to some issues flaring up on the opening day of the annual legislative session, it’s rare that one would come from inside the statehouse – but that’s exactly what happened Tuesday, Jan. 14. Just hours before the second half of the 150th General Assembly was gaveled back into…

Working together, state’s health and housing goals are within reach

For better health outcomes, the evidence is clear that safe and affordable housing must be a priority not just for public sector agencies but for nonprofit organizations, health care providers, and private sector employers.