Category: Government

Viewpoint: Trump’s policies give us growing economy, cleaner environment

Americans can have a growing economy and a cleaner environment. The two are not mutually exclusive. That’s the key takeaway from President Trump’s July 8 speech on American environmental leadership.  Since the Environmental Protection Agency was founded in 1970, the combined emissions of the most common air pollutants have fallen by three-quarters while the economy…

Coastal Zone development awaits final state regulations

By Patrick Jackson Contributing Writer The plan to put 14 brownfields in Delaware’s Coastal Zone back into action was touted as a game changer when lawmakers OK’d legislation allowing redevelopment in the zone two years ago.  But how far it goes toward reaching that goal remains to be seen as officials at the Delaware Department…

Delaware Dialogue: Data, Anecdotes and the  Benefit of “Cheerleaders”

We kicked off our first Delaware Dialogue with a robust discussion about whether many Delaware business and political leaders are paying enough attention to data that says Delaware’s economy is struggling in favor of pushing out a positive message. That discussion veered into a number of different areas, including the importance of focusing on public…

A program to tackle both low employment and litter is expanding beyond Wilmington. Gov. John Carney, Mayor Mike Purzycki, and Secretary of Transportation Jennifer Cohen on July 11 announced the expansion of the Work-a-Day Earn-a-Pay Program Pilot. The $150,000 pilot initiative funded by the Department of Transportation created a partnership with Goodwill of Delaware to…

The Delaware Coastal Airport in Georgetown has announced the selection of Eric A. Littleton of Bridgeville as manager of airport and business park operations. In addition, the Sussex County airport has received $660,000 in Federal Aviation Administration grants. A grant of $150,000 will support general airport operations, and $516,727 will go towards updating the facility’s master…

Wilmington City Council on July 11 unanimously passed an amendment to the City Code that will allow Second Chances farm, LLC to open a vertical farm in Northeast Wilmington. The indoor farm will employ former state and federal inmates from Delaware and produce healthy vegetables for purchase within the community. Mayor Mike Purzycki’s Office has…

The Federal Trade Commission has stepped in to halt a student loan debt relief scheme that it claims has bilked $23 million from thousands of consumers with false claims. A federal court temporarily halted the scheme and froze its assets following an FTC complaint seeking to end the practices. The complaint outlines how Mission Hills…

Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester has voted to advance a series of consumer protection measures for consideration in front of the Energy & Commerce Committee. “The bills we considered in the subcommittee today help protect babies and infants from furniture tip-overs, stop the use of dangerous crib bumpers, and help prevent carbon monoxide poisoning,” said Blunt…

Legislators have left the building, leaving something for everyone

By Patrick Jackson Contributing Writer Lawmakers got a lot of business done late June 30 and in the wee small hours July 1. They finished work on the state’s budget package – sending Gov. John Carney a record $1.2 billion capital budget and a $55 million Grants-in-Aid budget, which funds fire departments and a slew…