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Clean water committee seeks ideas on how to spend money

Charlie Megginson Government, Headlines

DNREC Photo Six months after being signed into law, DNREC officials have shared their plans to solicit public input on priorities for the Delaware Clean Water Trust Oversight Committee. The agency will host three virtual public information sessions to hear from Delaware residents and businesses about how the trust should support water quality improvements. House Bill 200, or the Clean …

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Carney ready to spend money in 2022; GOP wants tax relief

Charlie Megginson Government, Headlines

Photo by Daniel Sato The state of the state is strong, said Gov. John Carney during his annual address before a joint session of the General Assembly Thursday. Much of Carney’s speech focused on the fallout of COVID-19, including its impact on the state’s economy and the work that still needs to be done to confront new variants and surges. …

Some patients being transferred to nursing homes will be COVID-positive

Charlie Megginson Government, Headlines, Health

On average, one out of every four Delawareans who tests for COVID-19 is testing positive, Gov. John Carney said during his weekly briefing Tuesday afternoon.  That is, in part, a result of increased testing in the state — although Carney also blamed the surge on holiday gatherings and the highly contagious omicron variant.  Approximately half of the state’s cases are …

Gov. Carney declares state of emergency over omicron wave

Charlie Megginson Government, Headlines, Health

Delaware will be under a state of emergency effective Jan. 3, 2022. (Getty Images/Kameleon007) Gov. John Carney on Thursday declared a state of emergency to address the highly contagious COVID-19 omicron variant.  The state of emergency will take effect Jan. 3, 2022 and is not expected to have any immediate impact on businesses. He announced the declaration during a virtual …

Del. minimum wage to increase Jan. 1 and not everyone is happy about it

Charlie Megginson Business, Government, Headlines

Delaware’s minimum wage will increase to $10.50 per hour Saturday. (Getty Images/Darren415) With Delaware’s minimum wage set to increase from $9.25 per hour to $10.50 per hour beginning Jan. 1, some are still sounding the alarm bell for the impacts such a move will have on small businesses — and consumers, too.  The adjustment is the first of four gradual …

State to perform quarterly audits of COVID relief, infrastructure funds

Charlie Megginson Government, Headlines

Photo by Utah778/Getty Images Pro. Delaware has set aside more than $3 million to audit agencies and nonprofit organizations that receive funding from federal infrastructure and COVID relief bills.  The state will perform quarterly reviews of agencies and organizations receiving funds to monitor the efficacy of investments and ensure compliance. Behind those efforts is Claire DeMatteis, senior counsel and special …

DelDOT announces completion of Route 141 road projects

Charlie Megginson Government, Headlines

Among the projects finalized by DelDOT is a complete reconstruction of the I-95/141 interchange consisting of eight interchange ramps and four bridges. The Delaware Department of Transportation has announced that it has completed its improvements to Route 141 between Newport and New Castle. A press release from the agency called the completion of the projects an “early holiday gift.” The …

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No immediate plans to bring back mask mandate, Carney says

Charlie Megginson Headlines, Health

Gov. John Carney said booster shots will be essential to lessening the impact of a COVID winter surge. Gov. John Carney has no immediate plans to reinstitute mask or social distancing mandates.  Instead, the state will continue to rely on voluntary compliance, he said during a COVID-19 briefing Tuesday.  “I think the objective obviously is to get people to wear …

Pastors to sue Gov. Carney over future emergency worship restrictions

Charlie Megginson Government, Headlines

Pastor Alan Hines of Townsend Church and Pastor David Landow of Emmanuel Presbyterian Church in Wilmington will announce a lawsuit against Gov. John Carney on Dec. 1 aimed at barring future emergency orders on churches. Photo by Shelagh Murphy on Pexels. Two pastors on Dec. 1 will announce a lawsuit against Gov. John Carney relating to his pandemic-era restrictions on …

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State to invest $2 million in farmers, local food supply chain

Charlie Megginson Government, Headlines

Photo courtesy of Delaware Department of Agriculture. Delaware will spend $2 million in federal COVID-19 relief funds to establish a seed fund aimed at stabilizing and strengthening small and mid-sized farmers and local food supply chain operations. The First State Integrated Food System Program, announced Thursday by Gov. John Carney, will be paid for using funds the state received from …