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Politics & Government

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

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County Executive Tom Gordon gave his 2016 budget address to the New Castle County Council Tuesday night. He is seeking no tax increases and is looking to trim the operating budget.

Gordon began his address by announcing his administration is offering a spending plan that will shrink New Castle County’s general fund budget to $174.2 dollars. 

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Marijuana advocates are becoming more outspoken as the General Assembly is set to debate Delaware’s pot policy.

Protestors confronted Gov. Jack Markell (D) during a public appearance in Newark Monday, pushing him to embrace legalizing recreational marijuana. Markell has publicly rejected those calls, saying it won’t happen while he’s governor.

New liquor law gives smaller restaurants a boost

Mar 23, 2015

Small restaurants in Delaware can now sit at the same table with their larger counterparts when it comes to liquor sales.

Until now eateries hoping to serve alcohol to their customers had to be able to accommodate a minimum of 35 patrons.

But House Bill 16, signed into law Monday by Gov. Jack Markell (D–Delaware), cuts that minimum number by more than half to 12 patrons, and smaller restaurants are counting on the change to Delaware’s liquor laws to help them compete with bigger competitors.

Library advocates lobby for budget support

Mar 23, 2015
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Delaware library officials, patrons and advocates are hosting their annual Delaware Library Legislative Action Day on Tuesday.


Attendees at the Dover Public Library will learn how to advocate for First State libraries and will get tips on how to talk with their legislators about their concerns.

In the weekly Republican message, chair of the Delaware Young Republicans Mike Smith chided Governor Jack Markell for what he says is a failure in leadership in ongoing state budget negotiations.

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Gov. Jack Markell newest initiative to analyze demand for different school programs is the theme of his weekly message.

Markell announced his plan Thursday, which would shape which classes schools would offer statewide.

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Tax and fee hikes could be part of recommendations to help Delaware diversify its revenue base according to Markell administration officials as a state committee analyzing how to increase Delaware’s revenue begins to wrap up its work.

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State employee health benefits won’t see an increase in cost for the time being under an agreement reached between state lawmakers and the Markell Administration.

Instead, the State Employee Benefits Committee will vote in premium increases after an open enrollment period in May, though they will be lower than originally proposed.

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Wilmington Mayor Dennis Williams (D) presented his 2016 budget proposal to the City Council.

The $151 million plan is less than one percent larger than the current year’s budget, and does not seek a property tax hike. Last year, Williams asked for a 10 percent tax hike and settled for 5 percent.

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Those with disabilities in Delaware could save for their future without losing federal benefits under a new bill in Delaware.

Legislation would create a tax-exempt savings account under the federal ABLE Act that Congress passed last year.