Minimum wage bill sponsor condemns last-minute amendments to bill

Betsy Price Government, Headlines

    The bill to raise Delaware’s minimum wage is set for its final stop on the General Assembly roller coaster Thursday before being sent to the governor. And when it comes up in the House of Representatives, so will nine amendments filed since June 10, most by Republicans opposed to raising minimum wage to $15 by 2025. They would …

Bill to lower income tax fails in committee, but one to cut real estate tax passes

Charles Megginson Government, Headlines

A bill to lower the state’s real estate transfer tax will go to the House of Representatives passed a committee Wednesday. Two Republican bills designed to take advantage of Delaware’s flush revenues found different fates Wednesday in the House Revenue and Finance Committee, with one failing to gain traction and the other earning unanimous support. The first was House Bill …

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Carney to lift state of emergency on July 13

Betsy Price Featured, Government, Headlines

(MilfordLive photo)   Gov. John Carney announced Tuesday that he intends to lift the COVID-19 State of Emergency Order on July 13. He first signed the order on March 12, 2020, and today he also signed a modification that makes technical changes to the 29th emergency order. Ending the State of Emergency also will end mask and other COVID-19 related mandates such …

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Road, lane closings planned in NCCo

Betsy Price Featured, Government, Headlines

The Delaware Department of Transportation has announced multiple projects that call for closing roads in New Castle County. Detour signage will be posted. At all times residents will have access to their homes but may need to take posted detours. And all schedules are pending weather. Here’s a roundup. Christina Parkway (the eastbound direction of Route 4) will be closed …

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I-495 northbound partly reopened at I-95 split

Betsy Price Featured, Government, Headlines

The two left lanes of Interstate 495 northbound are now open at the I-95/I-495 split, the Delaware Department of Transportation announced. The two right lanes remain closed, following an accident. DelDOT used today’s accident to promote its app, with access to real-time traffic cameras, travel times, delays and advisories. Motorists can call DelDOT’s Transportation Management Center 24/7 to report any travel or …

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Man gets 10 years for selling fentanyl-laced fake oxycodone

Betsy Price Featured, Government, Headlines, Police & Fire

A Claymont man was sentenced today to more than 10 years in federal prison for selling fake oxycodone pills containing fentanyl, authorities announced. Charles Crest, 29, was arrested by the Drug Enforcement Administration in May 2020 after he sold more than a thousand fake oxycodone pills to an undercover agent. A search of his apartment found more than 4,000 fake …

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10 ideas to bolster Delaware’s volunteer fire companies

Betsy Price Featured, Government, Headlines

(Photo by Matt Chesin on Unsplash) A task force has laid out a 10-point plan to address the membership crisis among volunteer fire departments threatening fire protection throughout Delaware. “The men and women of Delaware’s volunteer fire service make a difference in the lives of Delawareans every day,” said Warren Jones, executive manager of the Delaware Volunteer Firefighters Association. “We hope more people will …

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Vaccination, pop-up testing sites for June 12-19

Betsy Price Government, Headlines

State and communities agencies are hosting community vaccination sites and pop-up testing sites throughout Delaware June 12-19. Delawareans who get vaccinated by June 29 will be entered to win $5,000 in cash and additional prizes in twice-weekly drawings conducted by the Delaware Lottery. All Delawareans vaccinated in Delaware are eligible for the final drawing on June 30: $302,000 giveaway and …

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Marijuana legalization bill pulled from House agenda for more work

Betsy Price Government, Headlines

A bill that would allow marijuana to be grown and sold for recreational use was pulled from the House agenda Thursday. Photo by Photo by Harrison Haines     The online reaction to the pot bill going up in smoke Thursday was on point. “That’s a lot to inhale,” said Scott Clabaugh on a Republican Facebook page. “I can host …

Dems retaliate for Republican no votes by adjourning before GOP bills hit House floor

Betsy Price Government, Headlines

  After Republican members of Delaware’s House of Representatives voted Thursday against a bill that would allow people to vote absentee for any reason, the Democratic leadership responded by ending the session before three Republican bills came to the House floor. “Those bills were not considered because of and in retribution for the Republican vote against House Bill 75,” said …