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IMPLICATIONS OF A RIGHT TO WORK LAW FOR DELAWARE
There are many factors a business chooses when deciding where to locate or to relocate: tax rates, quality of life, quality of education system, government regulatory burden, and now for manufacturing businesses, whether a state has a Right to Work (RTW) law or not.   Proving that RTW i...[read more]
Delaware's Personal Income Problem
The Federal Bureau of Economic Analysis has released the first quarter 2015 personal income data for Delaware and the changes since 2005 are striking.   Total personal income for Delawareans rose 39% over the latest 10 years. Adjusted for inflation, real personal income has averaged gro...[read more]
Guest report: Dennis Bruce Phifer
Dennis Bruce Phifer, lawyer at the Phifer Firm, publishes his legislative memo and recaps the 2015 Legislative session. He offers a prediction for next year's budget problems.
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Delaware's Fiscal Future Poor
A recent report from the Mercatus Center uses fourteen metrics to assess whether states can meet their short-term bills and long-term obligations. Delaware is poorly positioned with regards to its long-term obligations.   The analysis in the report is based upon FY 2013 data from the Co...[read more]
Is Amazon amazing?
Amazon recently announced the addition of 500 jobs at its Fulfillment (distribution) Center in Middletown, bringing the total of year round jobs at the site to 2,500. Is this commitment amazing?   On a macro level it is not. Over the past five years Amazon has been one of the fast growi...[read more]
Might General Electric Move to Delaware?
General Electric may be looking for a new home for its corporate headquarters in response to a whopping $150 million Connecticut state tax increase.  The company already moved once as a tax refugee from New York City to its current Fairfield, Connecticut location.  Delaware could get on th...[read more]
Gross receipts tax will add to economic woes
This article was originally published at delawareonline.com on May 29 in The News Journal on May 30   The recent DEFAC Advisory Council on Revenue recommends an increase in the state's Gross Receipts Tax rate. This is a gross mistake for three reasons.   First, if you tax...[read more]
Delaware needs a more competitive tax structure
This article was originally published at delawareonline.com on June 4,2015 and in The News Journal the next day. As former chair of DEFAC (the Delaware Economic and Financial Advisory Council 1977-85), I read with interest and enthusiasm the May 2015 report of the DEFAC Advisory Council on Reve...[read more]
COMMENTARY: Time for Delaware to amend the Prevailing Wage law
This article was originally published Sunday, May 31 in the Delaware State News and on the website. After years of doing business as usual and putting tough spending cut decisions to the side, the General Assembly is now facing the harsh reality that yes, we do need to make spending cuts. The r...[read more]
Legislators just plain wrong on wage, right-to-work law
This article first appeared at delawareonline.com on March 27, 2015, and in the News Journal on March 28, 2015. Normally, and from a professional point of view, I do not spend my time replying to politicians’ op-eds. They usually are full of ideological and partisan talking points without fac...[read more]
Is there a logic to Delaware household migration?
Despite Lois Lerner and the flow of individuals' 1040s to the White House, the IRS does some positive things as well. One of these things is compiling state to state migration data based upon the year to year changes in individual tax filings. The recently released 2010-11 data for Delaware provides...[read more]
Governor Markell Made the Right Decision
Governor Markell recently proposed to the State Employee Benefits Committee increases in the monthly health insurance premium and health care deductibles for active and retired State employees and their dependents. The Governor has made a difficult, and long overdue, decision, and deserves commendat...[read more]
Delaware's unrealistic look at its finances
On Jan. 14, Gov. Jack Markell issued an executive order establishing the DEFAC (Delaware Economic and Financial Advisory Committee) “Advisory Council on Revenue.” The primary charge to the council is to evaluate whether the state’s principal revenue sources are adequate and appropr...[read more]
What will save Delaware Manufacturing?
Delaware manufacturing was hit hard by the "Great Recession". Between 2007 and 2012 total manufacturing jobs dropped almost 25% and the number of manufacturing establishments in the state fell 15%. Manufacturing's annual payroll in Delaware shrank by over $366 million, a drop of 21%. The t...[read more]
Are our politicians worth more?
This article originally appeared on delawareonline.com February 3, 2015, and in The News Journal February 4, 2015. View the original here   Survey after survey shows high levels of disillusion among voters regarding their elected officials. The sense is that the political elite display a grow...[read more]
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