Data Delaware Podcasts/Publications


3/22/2019: Delaware ranks 35th in education

The Blue State blues continue. "The results showed that union strength has a substantial and statistically negative relationship with student achievement." The attached white-page co-written by CRI senior executives Ron Russo and John Stapleford also says, "Delaware ranks 35th among the states using these demographically adjusted NAEP test scores." For the sad, sad Delaware education story CLICK ON LINK BELOW...

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3/19/2019: Raw insights on statewide property taxes – and Delaware’s pension ra

A statewide property tax certainly appears on Dover's Wish List. However , ALEC's Chief Economist points out, "Many local governments have shrewdly avoided taking votes on property tax rate increases, instead , relying on increased property assessments to drive property tax revenue higher." Reworded , have lawmakers position themselves as victims in a rigged game that generates tax increases automatically - and all without a voter referendum ! ALSO, Johnathan Williams of the American Legislative Exchange Council is in the process of releasing their pension rankings of the states. To learn the details, buckle your seatbelt and CLICK ON LINK BELOW to listen...

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3/18/2019: Front-running DEFAC

The Delaware Economic & Financial Advisory Council (DEFAC) is meeting later today. In the interview below, CRI's Chair puts sunlight to a number of those key DEFAC assumptions. Furthermore, Dr. John Stapleford suggests limited growth and a high percentage of lower paying new jobs is a combo that will not allow Delaware to grow itself out of its financial pickle. For those second-to-none insights that taxpayers probably want to be aware of as the numbers are assembled for the upcoming Budget CLICK ON LINK BELOW...

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3/17/2019: Dr. Casscells’ healthcare talk is Monday-a week!

Dr. Christopher Casscells presents "The Effects of Obamacare in the REAL WORLD". Monday, March 25th from 5:30-7:30 P.M. at Kid Shelleen's, in Wilmington, DE. Dr. Casscells - who also oversees CRI's healthcare efforts - shares his many decades of insights (he's been clairvoyant) and promotes his upcoming appearance in this insightful interview CLICK ON LINK BELOW...

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3/12/2019: CRI responds to hospital transparency

President Trump made headlines last week suggesting hospital rates should be transparent. By coincidence, CRI Board member Stacie Beck made that recommendation months ago in a January edition of Data Delaware! If you recall, the State of Delaware spends something around a billion dollars a year on healthcare. Plus those costs are growing at (an estimated) 7% annually. It's the biggest item in the Budget. Clearly the situation is unsustainable..... Stacie Beck is a University of Delaware Associate Professor of Economics. To read her response to the President's comments, and to review her original healthcare position paper, CLICK ON LINK BELOW...

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3/11/2019: Delaware's statewide property tax update

Senate Bill 50, the Del Tech carve-out, is dead. State Senator Colin Bonini provided the leadership in defeating it! Today, the State Senator from the 16th District, makes his first of a two part visit addressing the looming court case that might bring property reassessment and a statewide property tax to Delaware. In this interview, Colin begins to explain how he might be able to front-run that decision and avert the tax tsunami he sees coming. For his interview and for the "CRI's Property Tax Reassessment Policy" position CLICK ON LINKS BELOW...

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3/8/2019: Delaware ranks 5th!

The prestigious Tax Foundation just released its study on "How much Does Your State Collect in Corporate Income Taxes Per Capita?". The highlights - which are below -- include, Delaware ranking 5th in the HIGHEST corporate income tax collections per capita. Along with, "Delaware, among the states with also the highest corporate income tax collections per capita, has both a corporate income tax and a gross receipts tax." CLICK ON LINK BELOW to read more...

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2/25/2019: Who PAYS Delaware’s TAXES?

The media has been fixated on the self-proclaimed Justice Democrats, especially their aggressive tax policy proposals. Soooo, in Delaware, who actually pays the billions in taxes? Corporate America, Delaware's unique incorporation franchise, makes up nearly a third of the state's annual revenue. Also, of note, only 6% of the First State households earned $200,000 or more, but they paid nearly half of the personal income tax. CRI Board member - and former legislator - Charlie Copeland shares his insights, and the data, on taxes in Delaware in this interview CLICK ON LINK BELOW...

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2/19/2019: CRI exposes Senate Bill 50!

Proposed Senate Bill 50 establishes both a Delaware property tax and also a platform for Dover to unleash an endless parade of expenditures identical in structure - all without a public referendum. Taxpayers beware, voters be damned. The major think-tanks that rate state governments have warned SB 50 is bad policy, bad government . So has the Caesar Rodney Institute. For CRI's Policy Director ?Dave Stevenson's scathing white-paper and for CRI Chair John Stapleford's "fleecing" analysis CLICK ON LINK BELOW...

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2/18/2019: SB 8, Dover Goes Wild -- Again!

Proposed Senate Bill 8, "makes compensation a mandatory subject of bargaining". According to former legislator Greg Lavelle, Delaware's public sector UNIONS now want MANDATORY collective bargaining on WAGES! Reworded , Dover is considering yet another mandatory expense for the Budget and taxpayers. For Greg's painful one-pager of SB 8 & his analysis of SB 8, along with his thoughts on the Governor CLICK ON LINK BELOW...

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2/12/2019: Delaware ranks a precarious 36th

ALEC's widely followed Rich States, Poor States publication was just released. According to the American Legislative Exchange Council's Chief Economist Jonathan Williams, not that long ago ?Delaware was ranked 25 th , we're now 36 th , and its highly conceivable - if the talked about policies in Dover are embraced - we'll tumble near the bottom . For the unpleasant story CLICK ON LINK BELOW...

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2/11/2019: The support for SB 50 gets exposed, SPEAK OUT

State Senator Bonini continues to lead the charge against proposed Senate Bill 50! If you would like to share an opinion with the bill's eighteen sponsors, email them now! Sponsors' Contact Info. (pdf) For Colin Bonini's latest insights and to learn how Delaware property taxes are about to be raised without a public referendum, CRI Chair, John Stapleford, explains in this interview CLICK ON LINK BELOW...

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2/10/2019: A learned perspective on race

Race is center stage in Virginia and race was part of the State of the Union Address. Separately, if 80-ish percent of the minority kids in public school are functionally illiterate, then why do 90-ish percent of the black demographic continue to vote for an agenda that will produce more of the same? George Mason University Economics Professor Walter Williams has spent a distinguished career commenting on race and he shares his unique insights in this fascinating interview. ?CLICK HERE ON LINK BELOW...

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February 5, 2019: A dubious tax opens the floodgates!

Taxpayers beware, voters be damned! Delaware's "vo-tech" schools have a unique, sweetheart arrangement. They secure their funding with property tax proceeds that circumvent the General Fund Budget. Reworded, zero accountability. Proposed Senate Bill 50 will allow Delaware Technical and Community College the same skirt-the-process deal. If passed, common sense suggests EVERY state agency/worthy cause will immediately follow and demand identical preferential treatment too!!! To learn how Delaware property taxes are about to be raised without a public referendum, CRI Chair, John Stapleford, explains in this interview and for State Senator Colin Bonini's fiery recap of Senate Bill 50 CLICK ON LINK BELOW...

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2/4/2019: The BOLD Plan, solving Delaware’s education crisis

Two-thirds of the 8 th graders in the Delaware public schools are functionally illiterate. CHANGE IS OVERDUE! CRI's Executive Director, Ron Russo, has a powerful resume. Ron is a past Principal of St. Mark's and a past President of the Charter School of Wilmington. He also carries a degree in Physics, an M.B.A., and J.D. degree. To read about his BOLD Plan, "Solving the Education Dilemma" CLICK ON LINK BELOW...

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1/28/2019: Some of Delaware’s unkind financial numbers, per ALEC

In 2017, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) rated John Carney as one of the five Worst Governors. In this interview we review the State's 40th ranking in indebtedness and the brand new Census data. ALEC's Chief Economist also shares his opinion on the prospects of a statewide property tax. "Delaware doesn't need more tax revenues!" For those stories and more click and listen to podcasts CLICK ON LINK BELOW...

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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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