Tax, Spend, Rinse and Spend more While the ruling Democrat party is congratulating themselves for the last session of the General Assembly as if it was a great success, I see it as a failure in governance. They raised taxes by hundreds of millions then when the national economy brought in more money, they made no effort to cut the tax increases from last year. They went on a spending spree. They did not increase the successful grant in aid that works in the community, they made a big deal about getting back to where it was before the 20% cut. They did not pass the Simpler reforms. They did not even bother to vote on them. They did not pass any fundamental reforms to manage our money better. They did not even discuss them. Fathers in state employee now have 12 weeks paid maternity leave at your expense. They did suspend the rules 70 times in the House of Representatives alone. Read more
By Staff Writer: Wolf von Baumgart General Assembly Considers Options The Delaware General Assembly met twice earlier this week to consider funding options for Sussex Technical High School District. The Sussex County Delegation (consisting of nine state representatives and five state senators) continues to study Sussex Tech’s impending financial crisis. Five budgetary proposals were originally included in a study attendant to House Concurrent Resolution 2, previously passed in January. Subsequently, other options have emerged for consideration. Sussex Tech administrators have been steadily seeking legislative approval to more than double the STHSD’s current property taxes over the last two years above the current limit as currently permitted by statute. Delaware's three state-created countywide vocational school districts are legally empowered to raise school taxes (with the Read more
With the exception of Representative John Atkins, State House Democrats voted for HB 50 and passed a 6.6% tax rate for taxable incomes over $60,000 annually. The rate is a slight drop from the current temporary rate of 6.75% due to sunset this July. Instead of going back to the 5.9% rate as scheduled or even extending the higher rate another couple of years, they made it permanent and turned down amendments to sunset the bill.
San Diego Democratic former Mayor Maureen O'Connor was a populist who gambled millions winning and losing a billion dollars including money obtained raiding her late husband's foundation. She stole money from the Alzheimer's Association, City of Hope, San Diego Hospice and other charities. Her personal story was complicated by the fact that grief of losing her husband and several close friends to death while she suffered from a hidden brain tumor clouded her judgement. What is interesting is that Democrats are gambling with our future everyday. All over the country Democrats have given us a legacy of fiscal time bombs with unfunded liabilities from pensions to health care to Social Security funds. They gambled instead of exercising sound planning for the future. The real scandal is not this poor lady, but what has passed for public policy since the Great Society. But her Read more
Proposed 28th Amendment to the United States Constitution:
“Congress shall make no law that applies to the citizens of the United States that does not apply equally to the Senators and/or Representatives; and, Congress shall make no law that applies to the Senators and/or Representatives that does not apply equally to the citizens of the United States .”Governors of 35 states have filed suit against the Federal Government for imposing unlawful burdens upon them. It takes 38 of the 50 states to convene a Constitutional Convention. What do you think; should children of the Congress have monetary and other special privileges that other taxpayers are unable to enjoy?
The Bloom Energy Deal is beyond a sweet heart deal. It is promising two kids and 21 years of guaranteed child support whether or not we get together. The WNJ has an article which shows that we promise them unspecified millions without them even contracting to build the plant. I guess a handshake works. But Gov. Jack Markell's plan is filled with risks, the consultants said, most involving the linkage of incentives for Bloom to build the factory to higher electric bills Delmarva customers would be paying for 21 years. In fact, the way the Delmarva deal is written now, ratepayers could be left on the hook to continue paying a surcharge for two decades even if the factory in Newark is never built, closes prematurely or never ramps up to full production and employment, the report prepared for the Public Service Commission says. The project allocates risk in a way that is Read more
While the mostly peaceful throngs of citizens, activists and protesters alike have enveloped Madison Wisconsin's historic Capitol Building over the past two weeks, there's one cost that few Badger State officials would've predicted -- a $7.5 million dollar 'repair' bill. It's kinda ironic, huh? As it turns out, the thousands of pro-union and anti-Walker crowds have capriciously and without respect for public property, damaged an enormous amount of expensive marble, among other things, throughout Madison's Statehouse. Although this price tag, on its face, seems ridiculously high, the fact is, the building was not designed as a crash pad and rallying spot for an angry mob. There's a rule in the Capitol Building that 'no tape or other adhesive' may be used to affix items to any part of the building. In fact, when signs or communications are necessary, easel boards are displayed. Read more
Bravo to Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wis.) for standing up for all of the citizens of the Badger State, as a minority of public sector union workers, teachers, correctional officers and other civil servants foment demagoguery and fail to do their jobs. With a $3.6 billion budget gap as a backdrop, the Wisconsin governor must confront reality and re-tool the state’s fiscal problem before it weighs down future growth and crowds out investment. And, unlike the federal government, states are obligated by law to balance their budget. Thus, Gov. Walker is acting like the grown-up in the room. Wisconsin’s newly-elected Governor, in a press conference speech given late Friday in the rotunda of the State capitol, explained to the press and the audience that “We are broke.” He went on to say that the majority of workers and citizens alike in the state support his bill. He wants state workers Read more
Preston Schell and family gave 10,300 dollars to Jack Markell”s campaign for governor in 2008 and 2009. Robert and Mindi M. Tunnell also maxed out to the Governor. Both ended up with a unique do not build arrangement where the state paid their mortgages. Mr. Schell received $10,000 a month and Mr. Tunnell continued his arrangement with the Minner regime at $40,000 a month. I am not accusing anyone of anything. I am just saying that this state gives a great return on investment.
1 million dollars to create 1 job in America and however many wherever the Blackberry phones are made.
It appears that the measly salary that one gets as State Treasurer isn't enough for a liberal Wilmington Democrat. Velda Jones-Potter is collecting significant bucks from a $150/hour consulting job from the City of Wilmington in addition to being State Treasurer. It seems that perenially cash strapped Wilmington is getting its usual liberal dose of "It's the Government's Money!!!!! Hand it over Sap!!!" Keep in mind Wilmington has been the recepient of State and Federal largesse for years (that would be the rest of the State's money) and still comes up short when needing things like police officers, firefighters and the like. Workers in Wilmington also get to pay 3 types of Income tax with a City Wage tax on top of Delaware and Federal Income taxes. You gotta love it when liberals get long term unfettered control of a Government body. That is the case in Wilmington Read more
Planned Barrenhood is going out for the $11 billion in community health center money set aside in the so called health care reform bill. Instead of the money being used for needed doctor's offices and clinics in the inner cities and rural areas or dental clinics, Planned Barrenhood has abortion megacenters on the planning books. Now we have questions about what they have done with nearly $2 billion dollars in the past. You have to wonder is PP the new Acorn? Planned Parenthood Federation of America's (PPFA) audits show the organization spent just $657.1 million between 2002 and 2008 from federal government grants and programs, but the abortion behemoth's own annual reports show that it took in $2.3 billion from government grants and programs during the same time period. That's not pocket change. Why the discrepancy? The report (the first of its kind since 2002) was released in response Read more