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!
Email: JohnStapleford@CaesarRodney.org

            Delaware’s Goods Producing sector, like manufacturing and construction, declined 24% from pre-recession levels to 2012! The rest of the country was only down 2% and is on the way to full recovery. There are policy bar...

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The recovery of employment since the 2008 crisis has been unusually slow. The unemployment rate has at last dropped below 7 percent because many have left the labor force. Total employment is still below its 2007 level. Persistent unemployment can be due to structural causes. For example, contr...

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Administration economists and officials keep touting the multiplier effects from additional government spending. Extended unemployment benefits generate more than a dollar’s worth of activity in the economy. More agricultural subsidies will pump up economic growth.   This is macroecono...

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The data is clear that rising state and local tax burdens drive wealthy  households from states. The steadily rising state and local tax burden in Delaware is problematic.
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The latest Gallup Economic Confidence Index (ECI) numbers for Delaware are stark.   Every week Gallup conducts a nationwide survey of consumers. The ECI is based on two questions: the first asking consumers to rate their perceptions of current economic conditions as "excellent," &q...

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The Delaware Public Employees’ Retirement System is what you have dreamed about but are unlikely to ever enjoy. DPERS is a “defined benefit plan” which means that participants’ retirement benefits are paid out “regardless of market events.” State government r...

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Again and again and again politicians have to learn that raising taxes above a reasonable level results in less tax revenue by encouraging tax avoidance. The current tax rate of 35% on the repatriated income of the foreign operations of U.S. firms, the highest rate in the developed world, is a class...

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The most recent data from the Tax Foundation shows that Delaware is driving out wealthy residents by raising its state and local tax burden.   Every year the Tax Foundation calculates each state-local tax burden as a percentage of the state’s per capita income. Since 2001 Delaware&rsquo...

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As evidenced by recently released data from the U.S. Department of Labor, Delaware is part of a nationwide carelessness in the administration of unemployment insurance benefits.   Over the past twelve months Delaware has made an estimated overpayment of unemployment benefits of more then $12 ...

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It was very helpful to receive the comments in the News Journal of Delaware OMB director, Ann S. Visalli, regarding the unfunded retiree benefits of government employees. My response follows.   First, Ms. Visalli is correct that the state’s pension fund is 94% funded. The data that the ...

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