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New grants will help ready sites to lure commercial, industrial business

Charles Megginson Business, Government, Headlines

Gov. John Carney on Tuesday signed a bill that will allow state organizations to have possible commercial sites ready for quick building or move in.   Gov. John Carney signed a bipartisan bill Tuesday aimed at attracting new businesses to Delaware by investing in site readiness. Senate Bill 127 establishes a fund to provide economic assistance to qualified businesses and …

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Brady announces he will not run in 2022 after using racial slur

Charles Megginson Government, Headlines

Rep. Gerald L. Brady Democratic State Rep. Gerald Brady will not seek re-election in 2022, he announced Monday. Brady has represented the 4th district, which includes Greenville, in the House of Representatives since 2007. His statement comes a week after he was caught using a racist slur to refer to women of Asian descent.  He said in a statement Monday …

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State Democrat leaders condemn Brady for racist speech

Charles Megginson Government, Headlines

Rep. Gerald L. Brady   House Democratic leaders condemned one of its own Tuesday after an email was uncovered in which he joked about human sex trafficking and referred to women of Asian descent as “chink broads.” Rep. Gerald Brady, D-Trolley Square, sent the message from his state email June 27 in response to a plea from an out-of-state advocate …

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Here’s list of $70 million in projects picked by legislators for their districts

Charles Megginson Government, Headlines

  The General Assembly has posted the list of its $70 million in community redevelopment projects picked by individual legislators.   The list of projects included in the Delaware General Assembly’s $70 million community redevelopment grants includes $2 million for a private school stadium, $1.6 million for the Delaware Agricultural Museum and $1.35 million for the Nanticoke Indian Association. Community …

List of Bond Bill’s community projects still unpublished

Charles Megginson Government, Headlines

    When the General Assembly passed a record-setting $1.3 billion bond bill last week, the spending package did not include a list of the $70 million in projects chosen by legislators for their districts. The Community Redevelopment Fund includes one-time allocations which legislators earmark for nonprofits, schools and community agencies in their districts. Ordinarily, each organization receiving funding would …

39 new nonprofits included in Grants-in-Aid bill headed to Carney

Charles Megginson Government, Headlines

Gov. John Carney, center, and state legislators pose after the governor signed the state budget and bond bills Wednesday. On the heels of the largest bond bill in state history being passed by the General Assembly Wednesday, the State Senate rubberstamped a $63.2 million grant package, closing out a markedly peaceful week of budget discussions. The FY 2022 Grants-in-Aid bill …

Republican, Democrat join forces on complimentary bills to help grow trade professions

Charles Megginson Government, Headlines

Two bills passed Thursday will help Delaware’s trade professions grow. Photo by Bidvine on Pexels. These days, it seems like Democrats and Republicans aren’t able to agree on much. But on Wednesday, a Republican state senator and Democratic state representative combined forces to support each other’s bills and help Delaware grow and support the tradespeople it desperately needs. Their complimentary …

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 …

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 …

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 …