DOVER, Del. (AP) - Members of a panel that advises lawmakers and officials on drinking water and wastewater issues in Delaware are concerned that a clean-water initiative proposed by Gov. Jack Markell has failed to win much support in the legislature.
The chairman of Delaware's Water Infrastructure Advisory Council said Tuesday that he is disappointed with how Markell's plan has been received by state lawmakers. He encouraged members to contact legislators and urge them to support the plan.
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Fisker Automotive's unsecured creditors will get $35 million in cash and stock under a new bankruptcy settlement.
But the News Journal reports that Gov. Jack Markell's office warned Monday that despite last week's settlement, Delaware won't see much for the $21.5 million in economic development incentives it awarded Fisker in 2010.
Markell spokeswoman Kelly Bachman says in a statement that the state is not expecting a substantial recovery of its investment.
NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - State officials are reviewing Delaware's progress in implementing Race to the Top education reforms.
Gov. Jack Markell planned to join education secretary Mark Murphy on Monday to update state Board of Education member on what Delaware has done with the four-year $119 million federal grant it received in 2010.
Monday's discussion will be followed by a visit to Wilmington on Wednesday by U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan to mark the four-year anniversary of Delaware's selection as one of the first two states to receive Race to the Top funding.
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell and U.S. Sen. Tom Carper are joining Delaware's health and social services secretary to encourage state residents to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.
Open enrollment on Delaware health insurance exchange for coverage this year ends at midnight Monday.
With the deadline fast approaching, Delaware officials planned to gather Friday in Wilmington in a last-minute push to encourage residents to sign up for coverage.
GOP lawmakers in Delaware want to change the way campaign finance laws are carried out.
The legislation would require political action committees to provide information on the employment records of the contributors as well as whistle-blower protection for those who reveal campaign finance violations.
In addition, it would require better detail on political contributions made jointly by more than one person.
DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state House is set to vote on a package of tax increases upon which Gov. Jack Markell is relying to help pay for his spending plan for the upcoming fiscal year.
A bill to be voted on Tuesday increases the annual tax on limited liability companies and business partnerships from $250 to $300. It also increases the minimum annual corporation franchise tax by $100.
The legislation was sent to the House for a floor vote after being released by the House Administration Committee last week.
DOVER, Del. (AP) - A state House committee is set to consider proposed tax increases that Gov. Jack Markell is counting on to help pay for his spending plan for the upcoming fiscal year.
A bill to be discussed in the House Administration Committee on Wednesday would increase the annual tax on limited liability companies and business partnerships from $250 to $300. The legislation also would increase the minimum annual corporation franchise tax by $100.
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell says supporters of the new Common Core academic standards need to do a better job countering misinformation about the education initiative, which is designed to better prepare students for college or a job by the time they graduate from high school.
Markell and former Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas visited a Wilmington school Monday to promote the Common Core standards, saying parents and students must not be fooled by what Markell called misinformation and mythology.
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Poker players in Delaware and Nevada will soon be allowed to compete against one another online.
Delaware Gov. Jack Markell and Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval signed a multi-state Internet gambling agreement on Tuesday that establishes a legal framework allowing residents of the two states to play online poker against each other.
The agreement also allows other states to join the agreement with the approval of existing members.
Delaware State Treasurer Chip Flowers is expected to get a challenge from Governor Jack Markell’s policy director.
Sean Barney officially jumped into the race against the embattle official who saw the governor sign into law last week a measure that gives power over the state’s $2 billion cash portfolio to an appointed board instead of Flowers.
Barney told WDEL that he wants to restore integrity to the office.
And Markell issued a statement calling Barney a valuable member and respects his decision to run but added he will not endorse anyone in the primary.
DOVER, Del. (AP) - The legislature's budget-writing committee is set to begin its review of Gov. Jack Markell's proposed $3.8 billion operating budget for the fiscal year starting July 1.
The Joint Finance Committee was to convene Tuesday for an overview of the budget proposal and the state's revenues. The panel will then spend the next four weeks on an agency-by-agency review of Markell's proposed budget.
DOVER, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell is proposing a state operating budget for the fiscal year starting July 1 that is 3 percent higher than this year's budget and includes a pay raise for Delaware's state government workers.
The budget increase Markell proposed on Thursday is only slightly smaller than the 3.5 percent budget growth he proposed last year for the current budget.
Markell is asking lawmakers to approve a $3.83 billion operating budget for fiscal 2015.
DOVER, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell is joining local education officials to celebrate the recognition of the Charter School of Wilmington as a National Blue Ribbon School.
Markell planned to join Wilmington Charter president Samuel Paoli, Red Clay district superintendent Merv Daugherty and faculty and students on Friday to celebrate the award by the U.S. Department of Education.
The blue ribbon program recognizes public and private schools where students perform at very high levels or where significant improvements are being made in academic achievement.
DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state House is poised to vote on a bill raising Delaware's minimum wage by a dollar over the next two years.
Democrats propose raising the current hourly wage from $7.25 to $7.75 on June 1, and to $8.25 on June 1, 2015.
Supporters say the higher wage will stimulate the economy and help low-wage families make ends meet. Opponents argue it will lead to higher prices that will negatively affect low-wage earners and result in fewer hires.
Minority Republicans have proposed delaying the start of the increases by six months.
DOVER, Del. (AP) - State lawmakers are poised to discuss a bill stating that Delaware's treasurer has no direct control over the state's $2 billion cash management portfolio.
The bill, which was quickly tabled after being introduced last year, was scheduled for a Senate committee hearing on Wednesday.
State treasurer Chip Flowers, who has repeatedly clashed with Delaware's Cash Management Policy Board over who controls the portfolio, planned a news conference Wednesday in advance of the committee hearing to speak against the legislation.
BEAR, Del. (AP) - A task force studying Delaware's civil mental health laws is finishing up its work in advance of a Jan. 1 deadline for submitting a report with its full findings to the General Assembly and the governor.
Among the issues that have been examined by the task force, which meets Tuesday, are immunity provisions regarding involuntary mental health commitments. The immunity provision were the subject of a task force report that was due earlier this year and which was followed with legislation signed by Gov. Jack Markell in March.