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State lawmakers will soon have a handful of plans to choose from if they decide to make over Delaware’s personal income tax brackets.


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After years of lobbying, pro marijuana activists finally have a bill on paper headed for the General Assembly.


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One Delaware state lawmaker is not giving up on his goal to make offshore wind farms a reality along the coast of Delaware.

 

State Rep. John Kowalko (D-Newark) has just returned from a trip to the United Kingdom, where he learned how that country became the world leader in wind energy.

 

 

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Gov. John Carney’s 2018 budget proposal is already getting some initial blowback from state lawmakers.

His calls to raise personal income tax rates and cut education spending were among the ideas that drew criticism immediately after the governor unveiled his plan Thursday.

Carney’s proposal to cut $37 million from what it currently sends to school districts raised eyebrows on both sides of the aisle.

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Gov. John Carney’s 2018 budget proposal is already getting some initial blowback from state lawmakers.

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Rep. John Kowalko (D-Newark South) is reviving his attempts to wrangle Delaware’s publicly affiliated universities under the state’s public records laws.

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Despite news that the state will drop the controversial Smarter Balanced Assessment from 11th grade requirements, the legislative session will begin next week with another fight over standardized testing.

Lawmakers and parents are gearing up to overturn the governor's veto of a bill allowing students to opt out of Smarter Balanced.

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A $6.8 billion merger between Chicago-based utility giant Exelon and Pepco Holdings could be in jeopardy after a Washington, D.C. regulator voted against the deal Tuesday, saying their proposal wasn't in the public interest.

The legislative rollercoaster that is the opt-out bill continues to ride the tracks with House lawmakers first defeating, then passing it back to the Senate for a second time.

In May, the House overwhelmingly approved the measure in its original form, which was only tailored to apply to the Smarter Balanced Assessment, based on Common Core standards.

But last week, state senators tacked on two amendments.  One would have it apply to any and all required tests.

Two bills seeking to hike Delaware’s personal income tax on wealthier residents passed out of a House committee Wednesday.

 

New brackets would be added at the $125,000 and $250,000 levels. Right now, the highest tax bracket is on those making more than $60,000.

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