Purple is the new color of hope for beating addiction in Delaware

There is a crisis in Delaware. Is it violence, shootings, drunk driving or distracted driving? The drug addiction crisis far exceeds all of these. The death toll is incredible. Nationally, 64,000 overdose deaths occurred in 2016. The economic toll is 504 billion dollars. Delaware ranks above the national average in overdose deaths. In 2016, more than 300 deaths occurred. Since Rep. Tim Dukes’ successful Narcan initiative, we are still high at over 200 deaths and double that total in traffic deaths. Kent County alone has had hundreds of people overdose in 2017 and receive Narcan emergency treatment . It is buying us time, but we have to address the problem. I have personally seen the toll around me. Hospital emergency rooms overloaded with victims, businesspeople, lawyers, homeless people, students and seniors. People from every walk of life, every ethnicity and every income Read more

June Surprise–Guest Opinion

Delmarva Power Electric Customers Beware the June Surprise Every June the worst legislation is saved for last. State Senator Harris McDowell has introduced Senate Bill 265 that will cost Delmarva Power customers a bundle. Your electric bill breaks out the cost of the infuriating Bloom Energy fuel cell project, and for out-of-state wind farms that increased electric bills, but sent jobs elsewhere. This adds about 10 percent to your bill, or about $100 a year. Now such projects no longer need your money to succeed. Current law requires freezing such subsidies if a 3 percent cap is exceeded. The cap was exceeded in 2012. So why hasn’t there been a freeze? The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC), delayed calculating the cost for five years, ignored the Bloom Project cost, and then manipulated the numbers so a 10 percent Read more

Unemployment rate crashes to lowest rate in half a century

Unemployment Rate Matches Lowest Point in Half a Century CNN Money June 1, 2018 https://spkrryan.us/2H9t81x The unemployment rate has matched its lowest point in half a century. The Labor Department reported Friday that unemployment fell to 3.8% in May. The economy added 223,000 jobs, better than economists expected. Since 1969, the only other time unemployment has been this low was in April 2000. Unemployment has fallen steadily since the Great Recession. It peaked at 10% in 2009. Wages grew 2.7% in May compared with a year earlier. That was in line with expectations, and should keep inflation fears calm on Wall Street. "The US economy has this incredible head of steam," said Josh Wright, chief economist at software firm iCIMS. He said workers were starting to feel the effects of last year's tax cut. The job gains were broad. In April, the economy added 159,000 Read more