Gary Wolfe (D)

State Representative District 35

If elected, what would be your top three legislative initiatives?

  • Legislation that addresses the States failing infrastructure in particularly Sussex County, where high-speed internet, reliable cellular communications, and lack of transportation options prevents businesses from moving in to Lower Delaware.
  • Also legislation ensuring businesses provide equal pay for all, and a livable wage that keeps citizens from requiring state assistance.
  • Finally, address the financial health of the state not just pushing the issue down the road for the next generations.

If elected, what would be the one piece of legislation that you would repeal from this past session?
The one piece of legislation I questioned that cannot be necessarily repealed, but I believe it was poor piece of legislation work would be the state budget. The budget was balanced by actually gambling with our children’s future, and the state’s finances.

WORKFORCE/ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Do you support…

Right to Work legislation, including Enterprise Zones, and if elected, will you work to get the law enacted in Delaware?
No.

Strengthening federal, state and private investment to build an entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystem?
Yes.

EDUCATION

Do you support…

Reducing centralized State control over education and giving more autonomy and control over the operation of the education system to local county boards of education?
No. Control to local school boards who represent the communities they serve.

In favor of consolidating Delaware’s 19 school districts to a smaller number?
No.

The City of Wilmington forming its own school district?
Yes.

The adoption of measures which would redirect per capita state and local Board of Education administrative costs into the classroom, knowing that Delaware is near the top of the nation in per capita central administration expenditures?
Yes.

Expanded education choice such as charter schools, education savings accounts, vouchers and homeschooling options?
No.

The moratorium on new charter schools?
Yes.

INFRASTRUCTURE

Do you support…

An increase on the Motor Fuel Tax in order to support capacity expansion?
Yes.

The development of additional natural gas capacity and pipelines to Kent and Sussex counties?
Yes.

The creation of incentives and the easing of hurdles to foster accelerated growth of broadband service Sussex County?
Yes.

The state of Delaware continuing to force taxpayers to fund beach infrastructure in the face of rising sea levels that threaten continued use of existing beachfront?
No.

A statewide reassessment of property values?
Yes.

Elimination of a property tax exemption for qualified senior citizens?
No.

LEGAL & REGULATORY REFORM

Mandatory and regular across-the-board legislative audits and performance review of all spending units in state government?
No. (Costly, so frequency needs to be based on need.)

Granting broader statutory powers to the Office of the Attorney General to assist the legislative auditor in audit and investigatory programs for all spending units of state government?
No. (I would like to know extent of powers needed before voting for it.)

A move toward ensuring that State employee benefits are commensurate with the private sector?
No.

The redevelopment of industrial sites that have lost their grandfathered status under the Coastal Zone Act?
No. (These sites need to be evaluated on individual basis to determine the safety of them.)

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