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Increased Education Spending not producing Educated Students

Increased Education Spending not producing Educated Students By Dr. Tanya Hettler, Ph.D. Center for Education Excellence December 30, 2022     In the most recent U.S. Census Bureau data from 2020, as provided in the report "K-12 Education Spending Spotlight: An in-depth look at school finance data and trends" released by the Reason Foundation, Delaware ranked 13th in the nation in the increase in education spending over the period from 2002-2020. This reflects an increase in Delaware per pupil spending of 29% from $13,387 to $17,235 (inflation-adjusted).   A Closer Look into Delaware's Education Spending   Table 1 below is a ...
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Federal Agency Failing to Protect the Environment from Offshore Wind

Until a strategy is complete on how to deal with the adverse impacts of operational noise, no offshore wind projects should be approved.   By David T. Stevenson, Director Center for Energy & Environmental Policy January 6, 2023     The US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is responsible for completing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for offshore wind and recommending approval or disapproval of projects to the US Secretary of the Interior. Each project needs its own EIS.   BOEM is rushing approvals of up to twenty-five projects on the east coast that may include up to about 3,000 skyscraper-sized t...
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It’s Open Enrollment Season for ‘School Choice’

It's Open Enrollment Season for 'School Choice' Many parents in Delaware are unaware that this is an option for their children.   By Dr. Tanya Hettler, Ph.D., Director  Center for Educational Excellence November 18, 2022      A January 2022 national survey conducted by National School Choice found that nearly 70% of parents support school choice (31% "strongly support and 38% "somewhat support"). These parents also said they have considered sending one of their children to a new or different school. Options abound nationwide including school choice vouchers, scholarships, tax c...[read more]

Delawareans are Likely Suffering the 1970’s Level Inflation

Delawareans are Likely Suffering the '1970s- Level Inflation' The lower the income, the higher the inflation impact   By Charlie Copeland, Director  Center for Analysis of Delaware's Economy & Government Spending November 10, 2022     A nationwide recession in the next 12 months is almost a certainty, but Delaware is already suffering from "stagflation" not seen since the 1970s. The Delaware Legislature needs to move very carefully in the 2023 session and stay out of the economy.   Becoming like California and damaging small businesses and employers is not a successful growth strategy during very tumu...[read more]

Delaware's 204.07% Personal Income Tax rate harms small business owners

Delaware's 204.07% Personal Income Tax rate harms small business owners By Charlie Copeland, Director  Center for Analysis of Delaware's Economy & Government Spending April 25, 2022     Several decades ago, Delaware instituted a gross receipts tax, aka Delaware's hidden sales tax, that is applied to the business rather than the consumer. When instituted, the tax was meant to be temporary to handle a budget shortfall.   So, why does Delaware still impose this tax when 45 other states have repealed it? A gross receipts tax (GRT) is a horrible public policy.   This tax on Delaware'...[read more]

Delaware needs a tax-free carbon holiday to review RGGI's wasteful program

Delaware needs a "tax-free carbon holiday" to review RGGI's wasteful program By David T. Stevenson  Center for Energy & Environmental Policy April 6, 2022     You may not be aware that Delaware has a tax on carbon dioxide emissions from power plants. In 2009 power companies were required to start buying allowances from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) program to emit carbon dioxide. The allowance cost was added to electric bills but was hidden from customers.   So far, under the RGGI program, Delaware has received $187 million in revenue, and as much as $100 million may ...[read more]

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