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Delaware Public Media's coverage of First State politics and government, including the General Assembly. Coverage is led by Delaware Public Media's political reporter Sarah Mueller.

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Delaware’s state employees will not see a proposed pay raise next fiscal year. 

The Joint Finance Committee voted unanimously to eliminate a planned two-percent increase.  It also put step increases on hold for state educators and other employees with collectively bargained raises. 

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Gov. John Carney spoke Tuesday in response to protests across the state against police violence and the death of George Floyd—an unarmed black man who died while in police custody in Minneapolis.

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The budget-writing Joint Finance Committee met Tuesday for the first time since the Delaware General Assembly resumed work last week  largely online.

The goal is to close a $455 million shortfall for the state’s FY 2021 budget as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Elected officials in Delaware say they are listening to the pain and anger over racial injustice expressed through this past weekend’s protests. Some hope to change oversight on use of force by police. 


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As the state struggles to reach its goal of 80,000 COVID-19 tests per month, it is encouraging some businesses to get employees tested regularly. It is unclear whether they will do so. 


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The City of Wilmington has a budget for next fiscal year — at least for the time being. 


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The long contract impasse between the City of Wilmington and its firefighters’ union has come to an end. 

The union is unhappy with the resolution. 


Delaware’s legislative branch is back up and running again.  The State Senate voted 17-4 Wednesday to approve rules for working online for the rest of the session.

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New Castle County Executive Matt Meyer’s plan to use federal COVID-19 relief funds for so-called “hero’s pay” for some first responders is meeting increased resistance.


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DART plans to return to full bus service next week with the exception of the seasonal Beach Bus services in the resort areas.

 

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The Delaware General Assembly is getting back to work.  The House voted 39-2 Tuesday via Zoom to reconvene and continue business virtually for now.    

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Delaware will lift its ban on short-term rentals June 1st. Gov. John Carney announced Tuesday he’s also lifting the mandatory 14-day quarantine for out-of-state travelers and stay-at-home order that same day.

 

 

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State officials are ramping up Delaware’s contact tracing efforts for COVID-19 as the state moves towards partial reopening and sorts through how to best use federal relief dollars. 

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Sussex County is proposing reduced spending next fiscal year.

County Council unveiled its FY 2021 budget proposal this week. The plan would have the county cut costs by about 15% from the current year to a total of $157.8 million.

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Delaware’s budget picture may not be as grim as initially anticipated.

State revenue estimates improved this month as lawmakers get set to begin work on a 2021 spending plan.

 

 

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Wilmington is projecting significant losses because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but Mayor Mike Purzycki believes the city is ready to handle the challenge.

 

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Gov. John Carney is facing increasing criticism from some Republican state lawmakers over his response to the coronavirus. 


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The new Wilmington Transit Center opened Sunday during a tough time for public transit. 


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Delaware’s lone congressional representative was among House Democrats voting in support of another massive coronavirus relief bill. 

The House voted largely along party lines to pass the $3 trillion HEROES Act Friday.

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The fate of the Houston House, a historic home in the Village of Bayberry North near Middletown, is closer to being decided by New Castle County’s Historic Preservation Board.

Contributor Larry Nagengast looks at how the battle of the property has evolved in recent months.

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Gov. John Carney unveiled rules for the first step of Delaware’s reopening as the state looks to begin the process on June 1st. 

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New Castle County Executive Matt Meyer plans to give first responders “Hero’s Pay” out of federal CARES Act funds. The county police union claims the promise is being leveraged to suppress a grievance.


The Delaware NAACP is calling on the state Insurance Commissioner Trinidad Navarro to resign. 

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The Delaware General Assembly plans to return to work in a few weeks.

 

House Speaker Pete Schwarzkopf (D-Rehoboth Beach) and State Senate President Pro Temp David McBride (D-Hawk's Nest) announced Thursday it will being conducting business virtually later this month.

 

They’ll meet via Zoom meetings.  The public and media will be able to watch through multiple platforms, including YouTube and Facebook.

 

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New Castle County is seeking to allocate millions in federal coronavirus relief funds with less oversight from County Council.  That makes some Council members feel uneasy. 


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The State of Delaware has announced a plan to ramp up contact tracing alongside testing as it moves toward a partial reopening.


Unemployment insurance, small business loans and the CARES Act were among the issues Sen. Chris Coons discussed with members of the New Castle County Chamber of Commerce Monday.

 

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A long-simmering battle between Delaware’s Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control and the state’s Public Service Commission is flaring up in court. 

The two are at odds over The First State’s Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard and how it’s managed

Contributor Jon Hurdle looks at where the battle lines are drawn.


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The state of Delaware continues to enforce the emergency order Gov. John Carney put into effect as a response to the coronavirus pandemic.


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Delaware beaches are still largely closed, but Ocean City, Maryland is making the move to reopen its beach this weekend.

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