Delaware state budget tops $1.5 billion

2023-4 state budgets pass House; head to Carney’s desk

Betsy Price Government, Headlines

  The Delaware House of Representatives passed four state budgets for the 2023-24 year in 15 minutes in a no-fuss set-em-up, knock-em-down run. The bills’ next stop will be Gov. John Carney’s desk, because they passed the Senate on Tuesday. “I think we have a budget that we can be proud of,” said Rep. William Carson, D-Smyrna/Dover, and co-chairman of …

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Delaware lawmaker apologizes after offensive suicide remark

Charles Megginson Government, Headlines

Rep. John Kowalko, D-Newark, said Tuesday night “gun worshipers” should “stick the barrel of your piece in your mouth.”  A casual observer may assume he was responding to a post about Tuesday’s mass shooting in an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. In reality, Kowalko was talking about people who don’t want to wear masks despite the number of COVID-19 cases …

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Contentious right-to-know school bill likely to fail in committee

Jarek Rutz Education, Headlines

  A bill that would require schools to publish information about what’s being taught and what materials are being used sparked a lively debate in committee. Photo by Unsplash.   For a hot second, it looked like a bill that would require schools to tell the public exactly what materials are being used for teaching, among other things, was going …

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Bills to add mental health help in schools sent to House floor

Jarek Rutz Education, Headlines

  Two bills moving to the House floor would put millions into mental health positions in Delaware’s middle school and high school.   The House Education Committee on Wednesday unanimously voted to release two bills focused on putting additional mental health resources into Delaware schools. House Bills 300 and 301 serve as an extension of House Bill 100, legislation passed …

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Town Square LIVE Weekly Review – Feb. 3, 2022

Sonja Frey Town Square Live, Weekly Review

This Week’s Top Headlines Include: Community Want hydrangeas that bees will love? Choose a lacecap, says Mt. Cuba Surf fishing tags sell out hours after going on sale Dover to celebrate Black History Month with cultural, educational events Business Sunset Committee backs reorganizing Delaware Motion Picture Commission Highmark clients can get free COVID-19 tests at pharmacies Government Carney still doesn’t …

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Move to create Delaware inspector general post gains momentum

Charles Megginson Government, Headlines

Those who support creating a state office of inspector general say it will help weed out fraud, abuse and mismanagement. As calls mount for the creation of a statewide inspector general’s office in Delaware, one Newark lawmaker is drafting legislation to do just that.  Rep. John Kowalko, a Democrat, will introduce legislation in early 2022 to set the framework for …