Category Archives: Delaware

DE Governor’s Weekly Message 10/23/2015

Ensuring Every Child has the Best Opportunity to Succeed Governor Jack A. Markell Weekly Message We have no more effective way to give our children the opportunities they deserve than by investing in their development from the day they're born. It's why I'm proud that our state has prioritized early childhood education -- from infant care through pre-school. Our efforts are rooted in growing scientific evidence that shows early experiences literally shape the brain, setting the foundation for a child’s lifelong health and success. We are making great progress for Delaware's kids. This past week, we celebrated the Christina Early Education Center for becoming the state's 100th 5-star program. That's the highest rating in our state. Better still, more than 58 percent of the state’s most vulnerable children are enrolled in highly rated Stars programs, up from just 5 percent in 2011. Read more

Hydrokinetics for the First State

COMMENTARY By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer In response to the Governor’s 10/2/15 weekly message on “Combating Climate Change While Growing our Economy”, there is another practical, economical and environmentally compatible energy source currently available, i.e.: HYDROKINTETICS. In-line hydrokinetics differs from traditional hydroelectric generation as it does not require dams or natural waterfalls – only water flow at 4.2 Knots or greater and has in contrast, an extremely low environmental impact throughout its life cycle. Furthermore, it can produce electricity with zero GHG emission cheaper than a conventional coal-fired power plant. [Photo: UEK Corporation] The idea was first publically introduced in Delaware during a public meeting regarding a proposed Indian River Inlet power generation project in Ocean View in 1993. The Indian River Inlet is the second fastest Read more

Strong Thoughts on the Office of Lt. Governor

Strong Thoughts on the Office of Lt. Governor Guest Opinion By: Dave Graham The office of Lt. Governor of Delaware may be compared to the office of Vice-President of the United States. The Lt. Governor shall assume the duties of the Chief Executive, the Governor, in the event of his or her resignation, demise or incapacity, plus preside over the Senate and the Board of Parole and Pardons and only cast a vote in the State Senate in the event of a tie. Accordingly, it is not a proactive position of power, per se. More accurately, it is a position of influence. So, the question arises as to what qualities and attributes...beyond intelligence, honesty, and integrity ... are desirable in the next Lt. Governor for Delaware: First, a working knowledge of the state and U.S. Constitutions Second, dedication to the greater public interest Third, the Read more

Delaware Officially Assumes Animal Control Duties

The State of Delaware Division of Health and Social Services, Office of Animal Welfare (OAW) announced on Wednesday that its newly-created enforcement unit, known as Delaware Animal Services (DAS), will gradually assume animal control duties statewide. The reversal of state policy comes after after decades of subcontracting animal control services and de facto delegation of authority to private agencies. Effective immediately, Delaware Animal Services will manage all reports of animal cruelty and cases of human exposure to the rabies virus. The program offers a new hotline, 302-255-4646 and email at: DelawareAnimalServices@state.de.us, to report such incidents. The transition comes after the former private contractor, First State Animal Shelter and SPCA based in Camden Delaware announced earlier that it will terminate its contracts with the State of Delaware as in September 15. Read more

Independent Report Assesses Delaware’s Spending and Revenue Situation

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer An independent report has assessed the State of Delaware’s spending and revenue patterns and its possible impact in the context of the general economy. The non-partisan 27-page report, Delaware’s Structural Budget Problem: Causes, Potential Solutions, and Policy Tradeoffs, prepared by Michael C. Genest and Brad D. Williams of Capital Matrix Consulting, was commissioned by the Delaware Business Roundtable in an effort to offer constructive suggestions for the state’s budgetary and revenue raising processes. Well-illustrated with graphs, charts and tables. the study also illustrates some key state spending parameters and its analysis raises serious questions on how the State of Delaware raises and spends money in light of the current economy. Highlights include: • Delaware’s revenue portfolio is generally poorly structured. Read more

Governor Vetoes HB 130: Sexual Contact Legislation

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer Delaware Governor Jack Markell, on strongly-worded legal and constitutional grounds, has vetoed HB 130, bill that would have made sexual contact between consenting adults a felony level offense, earlier today. The bill specifically applied to health care professional/patient relationships during the course of treatment, but it failed to differentiate between consensual and non-consensual sex. It would have made it a Class F felony, punishable by a maximum sentence of three years imprisonment with an automatic loss of professional license upon conviction. The Governor , in support of his veto, has issued the following statement: _____________________________________________________________________________________________ August 17, 2015 TO THE MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE 148th GENERAL ASSEMBLY: Pursuant to Article Read more