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7:46 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Revenue Downgrade Poses Challenge to Delaware Budget

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - State lawmakers are getting down to the business of drafting a budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1.

Members of the Joint Finance Committee will convene Tuesday to being marking up Gov. Jack Markell's proposed $3.8 billion operating budget, which is about 3 percent higher than this year's spending plan.

But lawmakers have a few hurdles in approving Markell's proposal.

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8:55 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Pfizer CEO on AstraZeneca Aquisition: No Job Guarantees in MD & DE

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The CEO of drugmaker Pfizer Inc. is telling the governors of Delaware and Maryland that it's premature to speculate about the potential jobs impact of a merger with British rival AstraZeneca PLC.

Govs. Jack Markell of Delaware and Martin O'Malley of Maryland sent a joint letter to Pfizer chief Ian Read last week expressing concerns about the possible acquisition of AstraZeneca. The company employs some 2,600 people in Delaware and 3,100 in Maryland.

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8:44 am
Fri May 9, 2014

MD & DE Governors Concerned Over Pfizer Aquisition of AstraZeneca

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The governors of Maryland and Delaware are voicing concern about Pfizer Inc.'s efforts to acquire AstraZeneca PLC.

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley and Delaware Gov. Jack Markell sent a letter on Thursday to Ian Read, the chief executive officer of Pfizer

The two governors say they are concerned about the potential impact such a deal could have on jobs in Maryland and Delaware. AstraZeneca employs about 3,100 people in Maryland and about 2,600 in Delaware.

O'Malley and Markell also sent letters to several federal officials in the United States.

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7:57 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Delaware Environmental Secretary Is Moving On

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware's environmental secretary, Collin O'Mara, is resigning to become director of the National Wildlife Federation.

Officials with Gov. Jack Markell's administration confirmed Thursday that O'Mara will leave the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control in July to lead the Reston, Virginia-based group.

The 35-year-old O'Mara was tapped by Markell to lead Delaware's environmental agency in 2009, making him the youngest state cabinet official in the nation at the time.

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8:45 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Revenue Projection Down for Delaware Budget Writers

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Delaware’s revenue forecasting panel says the state’s budget problems just got worse predicting that it will fall $75 million short of previous estimates.

The new projections by the non-partisan Delaware Economic and Financial Advisory Council means that the state’s governor and lawmakers may have to consider budget cuts as they head toward the June deadline.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Governor Jack Markell is expected to put $20 million back into the general fund that agencies will not spend this year.

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8:14 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Upcoming Delaware Budget Revenue Forecast Revision

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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - The panel that sets Delaware's official financial projections is updating revenue estimates lawmakers will consider as they work on a budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

The Delaware Economic and Financial Advisory Council meets Monday, one month after lowering its overall revenue estimate for the current fiscal year by almost $108 million compared to its December forecast. Leading that decline was a $70 million drop in estimated corporate income taxes.

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1:47 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Delaware Clean Water Initiative Failing to Get Legislative Support

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.

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11:45 am
Tue April 15, 2014

$35 Million For Fisker Automotive's Unsecured Creditors

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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.

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12:43 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Governor Jack Markell Praises "Race to the Top" in Delaware

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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell says Delaware should be proud of the progress it's made under the federal Race to the Top education reform program.

Markell discussed the state's Race to the Top progress Monday in a speech to the P-20 council, a group formed a decade ago to coordinate and align education efforts across all grade levels.

Markell said the state has used more than $100 million in federal Race to the Top funding to develop a sound foundation for school improvement, but he knows there's much hard work still left to do.

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12:25 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Delaware Officials Review "Race to the Top" Implementation

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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.

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9:28 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Last Minute Push In Delaware To Get Sign Ups for Health Care Law

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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.

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8:55 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Delaware GOP Wants Tighter Campaign Finance Laws

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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.

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7:45 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Delaware House of Representatives Delays Vote on Tax Hikes

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state House has delayed a 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.

The bill 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.

With the bill requiring three-fifths vote in the House and Senate, House Democrats postponed a scheduled vote Tuesday, when at least one Democratic lawmaker was absent.

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9:17 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Delaware Legislature Mulls Governor's Tax Plans

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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.

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7:51 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Delaware Orders Flags Half Staff for William Vernon

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Flags in Delaware are flying at half-staff through Tuesday in honor of former State Rep. William Vernon Sr.

Vernon died March 10. He served in the Delaware House from 1977 to 1981 and was also a former president of the Rehoboth Beach Chamber of Commerce.

Delaware Gov. Jack Markell ordered flags to fly at half-staff through Tuesday, when a memorial service for Vernon is being held at New Covenant Presbyterian Church in Lewes.

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9:33 am
Mon March 24, 2014

JPMorgan Chase Seeks Delaware Grant for Workforce Expansion

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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - Banking giant JPMorgan Chase is asking Delaware officials for $1.5 million in taxpayer money to help pay for costs associated with a planned expansion of its workforce.

The Council on Development Finance was scheduled to consider the request at a meeting Monday in New Castle.

JPMorgan Chase asking for a strategic fund capital expenditure grant of up to $1.5 million.

Markell administration officials say the money would be used to support the creation of up to 500 new jobs.

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8:26 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Delaware Legislative Commitee Considers Tax Hike

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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.

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9:34 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Highlighting Bethany Beach Road Project

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BETHANY BEACH, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell is joining state transportation officials in highlighting a road project expected to ease congestion in the Bethany Beach area.

The project to be discussed Thursday involves the widening a four-mile stretch of State Route 26, also known as Atlantic Avenue, from Clarksville to the Assawoman Canal.

Officials say the project stems from record growth over several years that resulted in traffic congestion, safety concerns and operational issues.

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9:20 am
Tue March 11, 2014

Governor Jack Markell Warns of Myths About "Common Core"

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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.

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10:09 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Gov. Jack Markell Proposed New Fee For Clean Up (Update)

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell is proposing a new service fee on Delaware households to pay for a plan to clean up Delaware's waterways.

Administration officials say the fee, which will be indexed to inflation and collected through county property taxes, would generate about $30 million annually.

Markell noted in his State of the State address in January that Delaware's rivers, lakes and bays are so polluted that residents are advised not to swim in them or eat fish from them.

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9:24 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Nevada & Delaware: Online Poker Across State Lines

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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.

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9:25 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Delaware Legislature Mulls Markell Budget

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Legislative budget writers are continuing their hearings on Gov. Jack Markell's proposed $3.8 billion operating budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

The Joint Finance Committee reconvenes Monday to review proposed budgets for Delaware's courts, the Department of State, and the attorney general's office.

The panel will spend the rest of the week considering spending plans for Department of Health and Social Services agencies and programs.

The JFC will hold a separate hearing next month on the Department of Transportation's operating budget.

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11:36 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Delaware Treasurer Gets Election Challenge

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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.

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8:41 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Delaware Legislative Committee Reviews Governor's Budget

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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.

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8:43 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Taxes and Fees In Delaware Budget Proposal

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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.

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8:37 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Governor Jack Markell Signs Bill to Hike Delaware Minimum Wage

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell has signed a bill raising Delaware's minimum wage by a dollar over the next two years.

Markell signed the legislation just one hour after it received final legislative approval Thursday.

The new law raises the hourly wage from $7.25 to $7.75 on June 1, and to $8.25 on June 1, 2015.

Markell said the lack of economic mobility is a disturbing trend, and that the law will help a lot of working people.

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8:33 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Blue Ribbon Ceremony for Delaware Schools

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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.

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9:08 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Delaware Lawmakers Blast Treasurer Chip Flowers

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Delaware State Treasurer Chip Flowers was sharply criticized yesterday afternoon by House leadership for his troubled relationship with Delaware’s Cash Management Policy Board.  

The criticism came before a committee cleared a bill that limits his ability to manage a $2 billion taxpayer portfolio.

Flowers has been in conflict with the board management of the state’s cash portfolio.

And board members appointed by Governor Jack Markell asked that the General Assembly settle the dispute.

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9:03 am
Thu January 30, 2014

$1 Hike in Minimum Wage Expects Vote in Delaware House of Representatives

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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.

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9:11 am
Wed January 22, 2014

Delmarvans Cope With Freezing Temperatures After Snowfall

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Delmarvans are emerging from up to 10 inches of snow that struck the peninsula yesterday and into last night leaving behind single digit temperatures.

Most school systems are closed today on Delamrva.

Local and state government offices are closed while federal offices are expected to open up two hours late.

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