The Reality of Delaware’s Unrealistic and Expensive Energy Mandates
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by Zoe Callaway
3d ago
By: Jane Brady, Chair, A Better Delaware  This is the second in a series of articles that will take a look at how the policy principles and legislative priorities of A Better Delaware fared in the last legislative session, which ended on June 30.  We have written over several years now about our perspective on healthcare, education, energy, the economy and workforce in Delaware, as well as the need for more accountability and better transparency in the way government works in Delaware.  In this series, we will look at how the action the legislature took promotes or inhibits achi ..read more
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From Transparency to Quality: A Better Path for Delaware’s Health
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by Zoe Callaway
1w ago
By: Jane Brady, Chair, A Better Delaware This is the first in a series of articles that will take a look at how the policy principles and legislative priorities of A Better Delaware fared in the last legislative session, which ended on June 30.  We have written over several years now about our perspective on healthcare, education, energy, the economy and workforce in Delaware, as well as the need for more accountability and better transparency in the way government works in Delaware.  In this series, we will look at how the action the legislature took promotes or inhibits achievement ..read more
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Unlocking Education Freedom: A Call for Real Choices
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by Zoe Callaway
2w ago
By: Jane Brady, Chair, A Better Delaware This week we celebrate freedom. Freedom from the oversight of a King far away. Freedom of speech, religion and assembly, and the other freedoms protected in the bedrock of our nation, our Constitution. But we can celebrate no such freedom in education.  There are restrictions on our freedoms in education, outdated and unnecessary, intruding restrictions. Think about it. The government does not tell you where you have to get your car fixed, but they do tell you where you have to send your child to school. Imagine if the mechanic you were assigned di ..read more
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Inspector General Will Bring Transparency to Delaware Government
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by Zoe Callaway
3w ago
By: Jane Brady, Chair, A Better Delaware The operation of our state government can be complex, confusing, even overwhelming, if you are not directly involved in the day-to-day development and implementation of the expenditures. But there are some basic standards that government should meet in making sure the public is informed about the priorities of their leaders and the way the public’s funds are being spent.  Transparency and accountability are the hallmarks of a government of good integrity. That is lacking in Delaware today.  Even with regard to how much money the state will spe ..read more
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Delaware: No Longer the First State
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by Zoe Callaway
1M ago
By: Jane Brady, Chair, A Better Delaware The Urban Institute publishes the State Economic Monitor that tracks and analyzes economic trends at the state level.  Recently they published the numbers relating to state gross domestic product.  You may recall, from previous newsletters, that the gross domestic product is the value of the goods and services Delaware businesses produce. For the fourth quarter of 2023, Delaware was dead last. Not only was Delaware last in the nation, but Delaware was also the only state in the country in which the gross domestic product decreased. Every other ..read more
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Building Strong Readers in Delaware: Applying the Science of Reading
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by Zoe Callaway
1M ago
By: Dr. Tanya Hettler, PhD, Center for Education Policy In 2022, Delaware passed HB 304, which has been called the Science of Reading Bill. This legislation mandates three annual screenings each year in kindergarten through third grade to look for students at risk for developing reading difficulties. It requires districts and charter schools to provide literacy interventions to students with a potential reading deficiency from a list maintained by the Delaware Department of Education. This is a commendable effort to address Delaware’s literacy crisis, but more must be done. With only  ..read more
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Recent Changes in Delaware Employment Law
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by Zoe Callaway
1M ago
From: Delaware State Chamber Business May/June 2024 Issue BY G. KEVIN FASIC, ESQ. AND ANTHONY N. DELCOLLO, ESQ. IN RECENT YEARS, the Delaware General Assembly has introduced and passed legislation aimed at strengthening employee rights. While these efforts are positive for employees, some aspects create unintended consequences for small and mid-sized businesses. Increased regulatory complexity could make day-to-day operations more burdensome, potentially discouraging new business formation and impacting the growth of existing companies. These changes might make hiring decisions more challengin ..read more
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The Myth of “Green and Clean” Renewable Energy
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by Zoe Callaway
2M ago
By: Dr. David R. Legates, Advisory Board Member, A Better Delaware Delaware is embarking on an ambitious plan to reach NetZero—zero emissions of carbon dioxide—by 2050 and reduce emissions by half by 2030.  The Legislature has already begun to propose numerous proposals to enact draconian legislation to achieve this goal including HB99, passed in 2023, which blames carbon dioxide for potentially disastrous climate change. Some Delawareans, based on a somewhat one-sided information flow, believe that even if carbon dioxide emissions are not responsible for changes in our climate, reducing ..read more
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Retail Theft Costs All of Us
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by Zoe Callaway
2M ago
 By: Dennis Godek, Advisory Board Member, A Better Delaware Delaware residents and businesses continue to suffer from the consequences of retail theft. In 2022, the total revenue lost to retail theft in Delaware was $285,000,000.00. Nationally, retail theft losses increased by 10.5% in the same year. When combined with losses from “Return Fraud”, Delaware businesses lost a total of $547,000,000.00 in 2022. While Delaware’s retail theft per capita rate is a little lower than the average among all states, the numbers are beyond unacceptable. The ability of retailers to reduce retail theft h ..read more
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Beware of Government’s Grab For Even More Control of Your Healthcare
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by Zoe Callaway
2M ago
By: Ben DuPont History provides ample evidence that governments are not very proficient at managing processes and delivering services. This is not a criticism of hard-working people in government, but their efforts are often thwarted by an overwhelming tendency toward inefficiency. A good illustration of the pitfalls of government overreach is legislation primed to be passed within the next couple days by the General Assembly. The bill’s rather innocuous title, “An Act to Amend Title 16 Of the Delaware Code Relating To Hospital Costs,” belies the extent of its sweeping power grab over how larg ..read more
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