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State auditor says pharmacy benefits company should pay $24.5 million back

Betsy Price Government, Headlines

Saying Delaware state employees paid three times the average drugs costs from 2018 through 2020, state Auditor Kathy McGuiness believes Express Scripts should pay Delaware back $24.5 million. “While the national drug inflationary rate was 4.7 percent during those three years, Delaware paid a 20.1 percent increase in prescription costs,” she said in a press release. “That’s an abuse of …

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When his brain goes ‘boop, boop,’ Gervasio Ruiz Jr. knows to click shutter button

Daniel Larlham Jr. Culture, Headlines

Color and graphic elements attract Gervasio Ruiz Jr.   Throughout life as a military brat, an artist for record covers, Revlon and L’Oreal, and even as a volunteer at the Kalmar Nyckel, one thing has been constant for Gervasio Ruiz Jr. since his parents put a cheap camera in his hand at the age of 14. Photography. Ruiz, 69, has …

Delaware expects to get Johnson & Johnson vaccine as early as March 5.

No deaths from COVID-19 reported in last week; where to be tested, vaccinated

Betsy Price Headlines, Health

Delaware’s COVID-19 new cases, percentage of cases testing positive and hospitalizations all continue to fall, as the state widens ways to get vaccines near your home. Of note: No additional deaths were reported in the last week, with 1,679 Delawareans having died from the virus. As of Thursday, the state has had a total of 109,501 positive cases of COVID-19 …

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State’s 2022 budget includes $1,000 bonus for employees, $500 for pensioners

Betsy Price Government, Headlines

  With Delaware’s revenue surplus holding steady at $1.12 billion, state budget bills dropped into the General Assembly Friday include a one-time $1,000 bonus for state employees and $500 bonus for pensioners. State employee expenses will soar in Fiscal Year 2022, which starts July 1, according to the final expenditure and revenue estimates by members of the Delaware Economic and …

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Minimum wage hike bill heads to Carney for signature

Betsy Price Government, Headlines

Delaware House of Representatives on Thursday passed the minimum wage bill.   A bill that will raise Delaware’s minimum wage to $15 by Jan. 1, 2025, passed the House of Representatives Thursday, and its next stop will be Gov. John Carney’s desk. A last-minute flurry of amendments to Senate Bill 15 that would have allowed some groups to pay less …

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Haven’t yet had Chef Cryss’s fabulously unique wings? Let us introduce you

Amy White Food & Dining, Headlines

Sweet potato wings are one of the menu items at Crystal’s Comfort Food   There is one refreshing thing that Crystal Ashby and her food have in common—there ain’t nothing subtle about either one. Crystal—or “Chef Cryss” to her fans—is the 34-year-old celebrity chef at the heart of Middletown’s Crystal’s Comfort Food. She greets me in a “Racist People Suck” …

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Absentee ballot bill saved so it can be voted on again in 2022

Betsy Price Government, Headlines

A bill that would take absentee ballots out of the Delaware Constitution and allow people to use them without specifying a reason stays alive until next year.   It’s alive! It’s alive! The bill that would allow absentee ballots to be used for any reason will not die, but will be able to come back before the Delaware House of …

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5 school districts, charter school launch program to help all Wilmington seniors thrive

Betsy Price Education, Headlines

The school districts that serve Wilmington are combining forces to help the seniors of 2022 be as prepared as possible.   The five school districts serving a slice of Wilmington and a downtown charter school are joining efforts to help the city’s 500 rising seniors have the best senior year possible. The new Boost’22 program will allow Wilmington seniors in …

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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 …

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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 …