Center For Economic Policy & Analysis



(Pictured: Dr. John Stapleford, CRI Chair)

Center For Economic Policy & Analysis

The Center for Economic Policy & Analysis is currently focusing on:
 
• promoting awareness of and adherence to public employee rights in light of the U.S. Supreme Court 2018 decision in Janus v AFSME with key partners
 
• conducting a policy reform campaign for the repeal of Delaware's Prevailing Wage Law in league with key partners
 
• supporting the city of Seaford in suing the State for blocking their right to a Right To Work law
 
• overturning State legislation that allows union members to "opt out" of the union only when within 15 days of their union membership date
 
Please contact Dr. John Stapleford, Chair with any inquiries!

State Senator Darius Brown has proposed additional minimum wage increases on top of the increase from the last legislative session. These proposed increases are substantial, raising the Delaware minimum wage from $9.25 to $11.00 in 2020 and then adding $1.00 every year after until a $15.00 minimum w...

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Productivity is typically measured as the amount of output (the market value) of the goods or services each worker in an industry produces over a year.   Based upon output per worker or productivity, one can identify which industries will pay high wages and maintain competitive prices. Ob...

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In its recent report on “Growth Centers” the Brooking Institute declares that “the future of America’s economy lies in its high-tech innovation sector.”   Brookings identifies a cohort of 13 innovation industries where R&D expenditures exceed $20,000 per ...

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The Pew Center Trust has recently updated its information website on the fiscal health of states. It confirms much of what is known about the State of Delaware’s finances.   On the positive side, as of 2018 Delaware state government could run 20.5 days on rainy day funds if tax reve...

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In a recent opinion piece Ted Kaufman, relying upon data from the liberal Economic Policy Institute, argued that weak wages require policies that would restore unions and raise the minimum wage. I would favor the policies that encourage economic growth.   The Obama-Biden approach to macro...

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CRI believes that the first substantive step in approaching any public policy issue is gathering unbiased data. Data, while never perfect, moves away from rhetoric and anecdotes. Data tells us where we are so that we can measure future success or failure.   The Delaware Department of Publ...

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Executive Summary   Why do we care about a growing economy?  The basic answer is faster growing economies lead to higher incomes making everyone a little richer, especially reducing poverty rates and unemployment rates.  The Delaware economy actually fell a half percent a year...

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The 2018 ranking of states by fiscal condition has been issued by the Mercatus Center. The analysis is based upon FY16 financial reports.   Delaware ranks 44th among the states for fiscal health.   Delaware has between 1.34 and 1.98 times the cash needed to cover short-term obl...

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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 Revenu...

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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 s...

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