Data Delaware Podcasts/Publications


1/24/2019: CRI Responds to the Governor’s State of the State!

"Where's the beef?" Most remember that famous fast food slogan. Well, after listening to John Carney's State of the State address, where's the substance? Those in the know called the speech "empty" and a "yawner". However, in the attached interview, CRI Board member Charlie Copeland delivers a response that should absolutely humble the Governor. For Charlie's pointed insights CLICK ON LINK BELOW...

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1/14/2019: DNREC continues to simply ignore Bloom Energy’s hazardous waste!!!

Despite serious concerns about poisonous waste, DNREC turned last Thursday's Bloom Energy hearing into a high school pep rally. CRI Policy Director Dave Stevenson also says Delaware's Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control continues to ignore - simply ignore - the Bloom Energy hazardous waste issues! For perspective, the old Bloom Boxes (collectively) weigh over 6 MILLION POUNDS!!! Be prepared to be scared, as in this interview Stevenson explains how the State of Delaware continues to ignore - simply ignore - Bloom Energy's toxic waste... CLICK ON LINK BELOW...

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1/12/2019: Uneasy questions linger about Delaware's - taxpayer supported...

Uneasy questions linger about Delaware's - taxpayer supported - stock exchange! The DBOT is an ugly and ongoing story. However, New Castle County Council President Karen Hartley-Nagle continues to press for answers. And last Tuesday executives from the Delaware Board of Trade visited the County Council. Unfortunately, the meeting ended the way it started. Still Council Pres Nagle wants to know... Why was she denied financial documents? Why was taxpayer money used, if there was a legal opinion suggesting taxpayer money shouldn't be lent? Since public funds are involved, why are the deal's details shrouded in secrecy? As the saga continues to escalate, here's an update... For the Philadelphia Inquirer/Philly.com Joe DiStefano's story AND for NCC Council President Karen Hartley-Nagle's interview CLICK ON LINK BELOW...

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1/11/2019: CRI’s Healthcare Recommendations follow-up

Monday's DATA DELAWARE was timely! The News Journal, along with Doug Rainey's Delaware Business Now, had related stories. In turn, CRI's Chair John Stapleford packaged the data into a follow-up one-pager. For that recap click on link below...

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1/7/2019: CRI’s Healthcare Recommendations!

The State of Delaware spends something around a billion dollars on healthcare annually. Plus those costs are growing at an estimated 7% a year. It's the biggest item in the Budget. Clearly, the situation is unsustainable. In response, Governor Carney wants price caps. History suggest that's a failed strategy. Instead, University of Delaware Associate Professor of Economics - who is also a CRI Board member - Stacie Beck's attached white paper makes a series of recommendations to address the crisis. John Toedtman, CRI Advisory Council Member and John Stapleford, CRI Chair contributed to this work. For CRI's healthcare call to action click on link below...

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12/31/2018: Lies, lies – and the Port deal

CRI Chair John Stapleford reminds us of Dover's whacko extreme over-promises regarding both Fisker and Bloom Energy. Millions and millions of taxpayer money gambled and lost by the elected. With the public still waiting for the details, is the Port of Wilmington deal the next boondoggle? For a recap of the numbers click on link below...

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12/24/2018: A DEFAC recap – and is Governor Carney crossing a line?

DEFAC just met. The take-aways are less than obvious. Bob Byrd is a current member of DEFAC, and a past Chair of the Delaware Economic and Financial Advisory Council. He's also a powerful lobbyist and long-time Democratic insider. Byrdie gives us a solid primer on how the State of Delaware Budget happens. His healthcare explanation is painful. And is the Governor asking DEFAC to reach beyond its mission? For our full interview Click on link below...

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12/17/2018: Front-running DEFAC, the data says Delaware is a hot mess!

DEFAC, the Delaware Economic & Financial Advisory Council, is getting ready to meet. CRI Chair John Stapleford's review of the numbers, suggests - despite flat revenues - spending will continue to climb. The upcoming Budget process could be ugly. For the State of Delaware's sad, sad financial story click on link below...

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12/11/2018: The price-tag for NCC’s anti-growth agenda!

New Castle County Council is getting ready to meet and below is hopefully a discussion item. Post election, local government is now (arguably) even more anti-development. However, history suggests anti-growth ultimately means higher taxes - and still higher taxes. By coincidence, CRI's Chair, Dr. John Stapleford, generated these white papers earlier this year. For the unforgiving data, click on link below...

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12/10/2018: The Port of Wilmington deal begins to become exposed!

The consultant the State of Delaware hired to help with the sale of the Port of Wilmington is now SUING the State of Delaware! AND - as bizarre as it sounds - despite two formal signings, none of the legislators know the details, nor have seen the documents, to the Port "deal"! So says CRI Board member Charlie Copeland, who breaks the story. For the full, unbelievable interview click on link below..

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12/6/2018: CRI’s Dave Stevenson schools Congress

CRI's Policy Director, Dave Stevenson, was recruited to write an opinion that is being delivered to Congress regarding the ongoing Electric Vehicle subsidy. His work starts with, "Numerous programs have been suggested to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide to ease global warming. Few are as expensive as switching to battery powered motor vehicles." ?For the full report click on link below...

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12/5/2018: Delaware ranks a lowly 44th

The Mercatus Center released its 2018 State Fiscal Rankings. Delaware is 44th. For CRI Board Chair, Dr. John Stapleford's condensed recap, click on link below...

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12/4/2018: A look at the “mis-allocated” Delaware public school data

"In total, we are spending nearly 2 billion dollars per year on public education AND most of it is caught up in the upper levels of admin-osphere," writes Matt Lenzini, CRI Advisory Council member. For a review of the State's challenging public school data, pinch your nose and click on link below...

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12/3/2008: Bloom Energy’s hazardous waste – and DNREC’s cheap-shot

Like all of Delaware, CRI Policy Director Dave Stevenson wants to know about Bloom Energy's hazardous waste. (6 million pounds of Bloom boxes!) But DNREC, the Delaware Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control, took exception, even (apparently) labeling him "intellectually dishonest". All the while, DNREC flip flops! (Boy is that twist embarrassing!) To hear Dave explain the front page story CLICK HERE (10 minutes) * * * Compliments to News Journal/delawareonline reporter Karl Baker, "Firm aiming to replace banks of fuel cells". * * * Public hearing for the Bloom Energy permit request is Thursday Dec 27, at 6PM, at DNREC's Likens Drive facility in New Castle.

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11/28/2018: Is Delaware killing its Golden Goose?

Delaware's unique incorporation business (collectively) represents maybe HALF of the State's annual revenues. According to Bill Freeborn, a former Director of the Division of Corporations, "Delaware residents pay only 50 cents for each dollar of service we receive." BUT ITS AT RISK! To read about "the shrinking value of Delaware's preeminent corporate status" click on link below...

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11/27/2018: CRI responds to Governor Carney’s healthcare initiative!

Runaway healthcare costs are the State's biggest Budget item! So can a career politician command market forces to halt? History suggests that's naive, even silly. And yet Governor Carney - by executive order - is embracing price caps on healthcare. The local paper does the reporting. CRI Board Chair John Stapleford reviews the data. For his beat-down commentary CLICK HERE (7:44 minutes) For Meredith Newman's News Journal/Delaware online story, "State plans to keep the growth of health care under 4 percent annually" click on link below...

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11/26/2018: A statewide property tax in Delaware?

Bob Byrd is a powerful lobbyist, a multi-decade Democrat insider, and a past Chairman of Delaware Economic & Financial Advisory Council (DEFAC). Despite no less than a handful of deal-killing roadblocks, "Bird" believes the time has come for a statewide property tax in Delaware. To hear our lively-and at times heated-discussion click link below...

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11/19/2018: The poor and the money - and DNREC should explain!

At least 30,000 Delaware families might qualify for the low income Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP)", writes CRI Policy Director Dave Stevenson. DNREC - the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control - oversees this effort in the First State. Unfortunately, Stevenson estimates 80% of the almost $5 million budget goes to overhead! Furthermore, DNREC continues to stonewall any explanation - even to Senate Minority Leader and former House Energy Chair Hocker. To learn about the unsettling low income energy program details click on the link below... To support State Senator Gerald Hocker as he tries to clean up this mess, email him at Gerald.Hocker@state.de.us

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11/12/2018: An election review (grab your wallet Delaware)

Democrats now control all the statewide elected offices in Delaware. In our interview CRI Board member Charlie Copeland talks about the ramifications of a one-party, very Blue, state. And it ain't pretty! For instance, with Delaware fiscally challenged, ?the most conservative decision-maker in the Budget process may be tax-and-spend Governor John Carney. To get a sampling of the upcoming Progressive Playbook...click on the link below...

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11/8/2018: SPECIAL EDITION: The Delaware stock exchange exposed!

Blockchain dreams: Biden pals, GOP lawmaker, gov't loan and shares from China By any measure, the Delaware Board of Trade (DBOT) - subsidized by millions of dollars of taxpayer money - has been a dismal failure. Joseph DiStefano, reporter for The Inquirer/Philly.com, just wrote a scathing story revealing even more detail regarding this blatant cronyism. ?To learn more about Delaware's stock exchange and The Delaware Way click on link below... (you'll be directed to Philly.com to read this article)

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11/7/2018: Encouraging Entrepreneurship in Delaware

With the gruelling election finally behind us, it seems like the opportune time for hopeful thoughts. CRI Senior Advisor John Toedtman's "Encouraging Entrepreneurship in Delaware" offers lawmakers ideas for positive action. To learn about the Angel Investor Tax Credit law and more -- click on link below...

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10/29/2018: Districts 9, 10, and 17 need to step-up!

We received big feedback from last week's Bloom Energy story. So then, what's the call to action? State Senator Dave Lawson is spearheading legislation to launch a review. However, it will go nowhere if the election does not bring change. You can help! A Republican, demanding a Bloom audit, needs to win in either the 9th, 10th or 17th District. For Senator Lawson's interview click on link below... To continue to support Senator Lawson's efforts Dave.Lawson@state.de.us

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