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Our take: Can the heat pump become a clean energy superhero?

Can the lowly heat pump become an energy superhero? U.S. Senate Democrats are moving forward with the misnamed Inflation Reduction Act. The bill includes corporate tax tweaks advertised as a way to modestly cut the budget deficit. However, the major focus of the sweeping legislation is a move away from fossil fuels, including incentives for buying electric vehicles. Moving to...

My take: The strange tale of election year politics and the state auditor

It's clear that we are seeing raw politics at work following a guilty verdict by a statewide officeholder. On Thursday, Senate Republicans called for "due process" following a decision by Senate Democrats to begin the hearings that could lead to the removal of Delaware State Auditor of Accounts Kathy McGuiness. The state Constitution gives the governor the power to remove a...

My take: Countdown begins as Twitter-Musk case heads to trial this fall

(Photo of McCormick  from Chancery Court)Good evening,Lawyers for Tesla CEO Elon Musk attempted a "Hail Mary" legal maneuver to delay the Twitter trial until next year.The Aaron Rodgers-like toss fell short of a game-tying touchdown.Chancellor Kathaleen S.J. (short for St. Jude) McCormick ruled that the trial will get underway in October, not long after Twitter proposed a September date. As...

Do we need more evidence of the need for an inspector general?

Need for inspector general greater than ever Back in May, this column took note of legislation calling for the formation of a state Inspector General's office. Since that time the case for the office has grown more compelling, with Common Cause coming on board in a recent release. It has not been a priority for legislators. The measure now appears...

My take: Frontier Airlines – Thanks for the (brief) memories

A decision by Frontier Airlines to end service this week e from Wilmington-New Castle for the second time in seven years did not come as a big surprise. One sign was the small number of cars and trucks in the airport's parking lot and for the most part only two nonstop a week. The light flight schedule did...

My take: A savvy legal move leaves us a long way from a verdict in the case of State Auditor McGuiness

Hello everyone, Those among us with an interest in the law have been fascinated by the twists and turns in the case of State Auditor Kathy McGuiness. Defense attorney Steven Wood - in a move straight out of a TV legal drama - waited in the weeds and on the day of the trial claimed the Wilmington location was...

My take: Carney swims against the tide with marijuana veto

Hello everyone, In expressing shock over Gov. John Carney's veto of legislation that would take away the already minimal civil penalties for possession of a small amount of marijuana, a coalition of legal cannabis backers pointed to a Civiqs poll that shows overwhelming support for legalization. Carney has been steadfast in his opposition and, in his veto message, trotted out the...

Med school would boost ‘Eds and Meds’ economy

Earlier in the month, former University of Delaware president and current Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia chief executive Patrick Harker made some interesting observations about a subject we don't hear much about - the lack of a medical school in Delaware. Harker's speech came at a gathering held at the University of Delaware STAR Campus, the former Chrysler assembly...

My take: Small business needs relief, even when good legislation comes into play

Hello everyone, Small business needs relief, even when good legislation comes into play This week, a groundbreaking bill passed the Delaware House with bipartisan support and little fanfare. The Delaware Earns Program brings the opt-out Individual Retirement Account program to Delaware for employers who do not have their own 401(k) savings-retirement plan. About a dozen states have similar programs. The bill has...

The time is right for an inspector general

Hello everyone, Legislation calling for the office of Inspector General in Delaware is back. The bill, sponsored by John Kowalko, D-Newark, has co-sponsors from both parties. One of those rare issues where progressives like Kowlko and conservative Republicans find room for agreement. The idea of an inspector general is nothing new, given the level of corruption in state and local government in...

My take: Motorists not seeing savings from state’s low gas tax

Good evening, We end the week on a less than happy note. A while back, one of our readers suggested that one way to see whether Delaware's low gas tax is passed on to motorists is to subtract the price at the pump from the state gas tax. StateGas price State taxNet gas priceDelaware$4.3423¢$4.11Maryland$4.3437¢$3.97New Jersey$4.3742¢$3.95Pennsylvania$4.4659¢$3.87 As of today, Delaware motorists are paying a net...

My take: Wilmington Council politics and the lower crime rate

Hello everyone, While Philadelphia television stations relentlessly focus on the city's near-record wave of homicides, the story is different in Wilmington. As of early April, the state's largest city has bucked the nationwide trend, with serious crimes down 37% for the year to date. Homicides are down by 33 percent, according to the city's CompStat report. The 2022 numbers, while noteworthy,...

My take: Thanks, Maryland

I want to send along my thanks to Maryland and Gov. Hogan for a gas tax holiday that expired on Sunday. It was good to see that the Free State had enough funds lying around to allow a little relief to not only its residents but also its neighbors in the First State. I am OK if some of your...

My take: Business faces a  full-blown child care crisis 

Hello everyone,  A recent report from the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, the Rodel educational foundation, the State Department of Education, and the Delaware State Chamber is a must-read for employers. The most striking finding - Delaware’s child care providers are licensed to serve only 35,000 children, even though the population of those under five totals  54,000. Philly Federal Reserve President and former University of...

Guest view: Earth Day and the state’s Climate Action Plan

By John Carney and Shawn M. Garvin As we think about how to rebuild our economy, we also need to ensure it’s sustainable. Not just in times of a public health crisis, but sustainable against the impacts of climate change.  There is no better time than Earth Day to come together to work to curb the impacts of climate change...