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Carney announces $16M for children’s mental health facility

Charles Megginson Government, Headlines

Gov. John Carney announced the investment in Elsmere Tuesday alongside Lt. Gov. Bethany Hall Long, House Majority Leader Valerie Longhurst and DSYCF secretary Josette Manning. Delaware will invest $16 million in federal COVID relief funds to renovate and remodel a building aimed at addressing the mental and behavioral health needs of children.  By rehabilitating Wharton Hall on the Department of …

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State sets May 3 memorial ceremony for COVID dead

Betsy Price Government, Headlines

A memorial tree and plaque will be unveiled during a Delaware COVID-19 memorial ceremony. Photo by Pascal Muller/Unsplash   The state will hold a memorial ceremony May 3 to remember the Delaware parents, siblings, children and friends  and those who have died so far because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and those whose lives have been affected by those losses. It …

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$300 checks are on the way. Here’s what you need to know

Charles Megginson Government, Headlines

Photo/Getty Images Delawareans will soon receive $300 checks thanks to a bipartisan direct relief bill signed Thursday by Gov. John Carney. The bill, aimed at helping Delawareans faced with high gas prices and soaring inflation, consists of a one-time payment to every state taxpayer who filed a 2020 tax return. “Delaware families are dealing with higher costs at the grocery …

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Lawmakers announce plan to give every Delaware taxpayer $300

Charles Megginson Government, Headlines

Republican and Democratic lawmakers on Thursday announced a plan to give every Delaware taxpayer $300 in direct economic relief. The relief plan, which would send direct payments to every Delawarean who filed a 2020 tax return, has the backing of Gov. John Carney.  Legislation is currently being drafted to enable relief payments. A bill is expected to be introduced during …

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Judge denies motion to stop school mask mandate after case becomes moot

Charles Megginson Government, Headlines

A Chancery Court judge denied a Hockessin mom’s motion for a preliminary injunction to stop the governor’s statewide school mask mandate after the governor announced the mandate would be lifted Tuesday. Vice Chancellor Paul Fioravanti late Monday said he could not find sufficient evidence that leaving the mandate in effect until 6 p.m. on Tuesday would cause the plaintiff irreparable …

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Carney lifts school mask mandate while trial to end it is underway

Charles Megginson Government, Headlines

LEFT: JANICE LORRAH. RIGHT: GOV. JOHN CARNEY A Hockessin mother suing to stop the state’s school mask mandate got most of what she wanted in the middle of trial Monday when the governor’s attorney informed the court that the mandate would be lifted on March 1 at 6 p.m.  Janice Lorrah appeared in the Delaware Court of Chancery at the …

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Hockessin mom sues to end Carney’s school mask mandate

Charles Megginson Government, Headlines

JANICE LORRAH A Hockessin mother has filed a lawsuit in the Delaware Court of Chancery challenging Gov. John Carney’s extension of the state’s school mask mandate. The universal indoor mask mandate for the general public expired on Feb. 11 following a sharp decrease in cases since the height of the COVID-19 omicron variant surge. Although that mandate was lifted, Carney …

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Child care workers still waiting for promised $1,500 state bonuses

Charles Megginson Government, Headlines

Three months after Delaware’s child care workers were promised direct financial relief in the form of $1,500 individual payments, they haven’t received a cent. Those workers may not receive any money until as late as June because the state is constructing a new registry to track who’s working in child care centers throughout the state. That registry will also be …

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Republican lawmakers to Carney: ‘End the mandates, restore normality’

Charles Megginson Government, Headlines

Twelve Republican state representatives on Tuesday sent an open letter to Gov. John Carney asking that he reconsider mask mandates in state buildings and schools and stop advocating for COVID-19 booster shots. They encouraged the Democratic governor to promptly end all pandemic-related restrictions, return state workers to their normal places of employment, and “restore normality” for all Delawareans. The legislators …

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Carney allows McGuiness to hire outside lawyer for Medicaid audit

Charles Megginson Government, Headlines

State Auditor Kathy McGuiness has been granted permission to hire outside counsel in her office’s ongoing subpoena case with the Department of Health and Social Services. Her office has been trying since May to get DHSS to hand over documents necessary to complete a performance audit of the agency’s Medicaid eligibility programs. McGuiness says she’s faced obstacles while conducting audits …