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Legislators just plain wrong on wage, right-to-work law
This article first appeared at 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 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]
Delaware's Economic Outlook for 2015
The attached article appeared in the Delaware Business Times edition January 6, 2015. John's article is on Pages 4-5. He summarizes 2014 state economic data and makes projections for 2015.
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How the Transparent Delaware site can help your business
Caesar Rodney's Transparent Delaware website has been updated to include the state of Delaware's FY 2014 vendor payments of $4.7 billion encompassing almost 474,000 individual transactions. The state is a major player in Delaware's economy with vendor payments that amount to nearly 10% of private in...[read more]
Time to use Delaware's underused asset: baby boomers
note: this editorial originally appeared in The News Journal and January 1, 2015.  Read the original by clicking here     The baby boomers continue to age ... and perhaps mature ... and move into the empty nesters retirement years. Currently in Delaware, three ...[read more]
How is the state paying so much overtime?
             Caesar Rodney's Transparent Delaware website has been updated to include state employee payroll data through 2013. An initial pass at the latest data continues to raise the question as to why the State of Delaware government ...[read more]
Delaware's Prevailing Wage is Still the Problem
The Caesar Rodney Institute's Center for Economic Policy and Analysis has updated its 2010 comprehensive report on the methodology used by the Delaware Department of Labor (DDOL) in the calculation of the state's prevailing wage and the methodology continues to be seriously flawed and tilted toward ...[read more]
New Castle Co, Wilmington economic plans are a good start
This article originally appeared in The News Journal as a Delaware Voice opinion editorial on November 18, 2014. The link is:   New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon and Wilmington Mayor Dennis Williams are to be congratulated for allowing consultants to produce ...[read more]
The positive benefits of a Right to Work law for Delaware
    A recent report from the Competitive Enterprise Institute confirms once again the economic boost that right to work laws provide states.     Richard Vedder and Jonathan Robe, in "An Interstate Analysis of Right to Work Laws," confirm that over time the ...[read more]
The Latest Tax Climate Report
The Tax Foundation has recently released its 2015 State Business Tax Climate Index. As usual the "tax you until you leave" states of New Jersey, New York and California fall at the bottom of the rankings. Besides the "energy belt" states, it is no surprise that Florida, New H...[read more]
High Electric Prices Hurt Economic Growth
This article was originally published on October 28, 2014 on the website This article is reprinted in its entirely with permission.   Economic research on the impact of energy prices on economic growth has focused largely on the volatility of the price of oil, which has tri...[read more]
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