Making Dover Prosper Initiative Passes Key Test

Dover City Council Committee of the Whole recommends adoption of Making Dover Prosper Initiative  10-0 The resolution authored by Councilman Anderson in collaboration with Co-sponsors Councilmen Hare and Cole, Director of Planning and Community Development Dave Hugg and many in the community was inspired by the Central Delaware Chamber of Commerce's "Vision 2020".   It started 2 years ago with an effort by Anderson to bring Dover closer to "one stop shopping" in order to start, move or expand a business in the city. The resolution will cause the creation of a "road map" to guide the city's customers for ease following the process for permits, zoning, or opening a business.  It authorizes Mr. Hugg's goal of making it easy for people to track the progress of their permits via an automated system.  It also creates working groups to bring citizens including business people together with Read more

Delaware Absentee Voting is Easier

New law removes notary requirement, expanding voting access for younger Delawareans attending school out of state DOVER, Del. – Governor John Carney on Friday signed into law House Bill 47, bipartisan legislation that removes the notary requirement for qualified Delaware voters requesting absentee ballots. The legislation will eliminate a barrier for voters seeking to cast votes in Delaware elections – especially young Delaware voters attending school out of state. Governor Carney signs legislation removing barrier to absentee voting for Delaware voters Governor Carney signs legislation removing barrier to absentee voting for Delaware voters. Representative Lyndon Yearick and Senator Brian Bushweller sponsored the legislation, along with Senator Brian Pettyjohn and Representative Kim Williams. Governor Carney signed the legislation in Dover on Friday, surrounded by its sponsors Read more

Trump World 7-8

From Tweets to Speeches, North Korea to a highly scrutinized meeting with Putin, from healthcare to deregulation and a job surge the world of Donald Trump is busy and diverse. You can hardly keep up. In spite of all of the distractions, history will remember the speech and Ambassador Haley at the UN Security Council. Those are what matters.

We failed the Millennial Generation not them failing us

America is the world's leading nation in many ways. When you spend more than 70 years at the top, with the last 25 years being unchallenged for leadership, a nation can become soft. My millennium generation friends and family are often maligned. Having served with some of the finest in Afghanistan, I am not wringing my hands. They are reasonable, competent, strong, compassionate, bright people. I hate them being derided as snowflakes or whatever else. Serve with them, know them. Many are searching for knowledge. This is where we have failed them. We didn't teach them how to distinguish between the flood of the information age. We have a Google search society not a Google Scholar research and know society. It is YouTube video, not nonfiction books. We judge the credibility of information by how popular it is not by how rigorous the scholarship is. The real answer is not Read more

Happy Independence Day!

Happy Independence Day! 241 years of being Liberty’s beacon in the world
Memorial Day Flags on the Circle in Georgetown, DE in remembrance of America’s fallen veterans. The commemoration is sponsored annually in various locations in the First State by local Rotary Clubs.

Bennett: Public Enemy or Profile in Courage?

There was one Democrat who stood up for reform, the middle class and against eliminating itemized deductions, real estate transfer tax, etc., Andria Viola Bennett of Dover's 32nd district. She has been scorned by the left, the political establishment, and was brought to tears by her own caucus, but she never waviered. She not only was the deciding vote against the income tax, but cast more anti-tax votes for good measuer. Democrats were shielded from a sure to fail tax vote in the DE Senate, yet they don't appreciate it. She just listened to the people she serves, in some circles we call that leadership, in the majority caucus it is cause for scorn. That reaction just illustrates how shortsighted the Democratic leadership is. It could have been to their benefit to protect the Senate that holds by one vote, but they blew any possible gain. It is their way or no way. Rep. Bennett Read more

Budget a failure of leadership

Sadly, the latest state budget was a failure of current leadership by the Democratic led assembly. It avoided fundamental reforms such as providing better health care choices or prevailing wage modernization. No one looked at was to allow county wide consolidation of certain back office administrative functions of the school districts, which would provide savings without harming local control. I consider it a failure of leadership because they would not even allow votes on reform measures especially from the Republican minority, but instead threatened what works best in this state, partnerships with nonprofits. They cut firefighters, paramedics, senior centers, homeless shelters and after school programs. Perversely, these cuts will create more of a demand for government action. Holding hostage public safety, youth and seniors for tax hikes is worse than irresponsible, it is cynical Read more

The Budget Passes in Delaware

Real Estate, Alcohol and Tobacco will be seeing tax hikes. Some of us want to see a break for first-time homeowners, I am finding bipartisan support for that. Sadly, it will have to wait. An amendment by Senator Marshall to exempt first-time homebuyers failed. The realtors have found the money. The state is owed millions in uncollected capital gains taxes from people who sold and moved out of state. We need some reforms to do withholding at the settlement table for those not claiming the rollover. We should also take a look at all of the unaudited forms that have been filed and never paid over the past 6 years. It is money owed to us, but we would rather drive our kids out of state when they want to buy homes.

It seems irresponsible to impose a new tax when you are not even collecting what you could easily get from the old taxes.

The Backstory on the Budget Crisis–Democrat Duplicity. Guest post by Sam Chick

On Wednesday, two days before what is supposed to be the last day of session, Democrats gave Republicans an ultimatum: a. either raise income taxes, alcohol and tobacco taxes, and create a new tax on vaping or b. balance the budget by cutting Grant-in-Aid which supports fire companies, veterans service organizations, senior centers, and other non-profit organizations. Basically Democrats took taxpayers and community organizations hostage, said they're only going to shoot one, but Republicans get to pick who. Wisely, Republicans rejected these strong arm tactics outright. On Thursday Republicans made a counter proposal that gave Democrats their tax increases in exchange for implementing future spending reforms, a budget stabilization fund (a great idea from State Treasurer Ken Simpler that helps the budgeting process by smoothing out the ups & downs in tax revenue), and reforming prevailing Read more