Center for Analysis of Delaware's Economy & Government Spending


Center for Analysis of Delaware's Economy & Government Spending

 
Delaware state governmental policies have been an unfortunate catalyst for the decline of Delaware’s economy for far too long. For instance…
 
  • Over the past 10 years, both the Delaware per capita income and average wage have gone from above the national average to below.
 
  • According to the Delaware Department of Labor, employment is projected to grow at only 0.6%. 
 
  • Since 2009, Delaware has had five recessions compared to one in the nation.
 
  • By opposing choice in public education, the State government reinforces a system where two-thirds of Delaware students are not proficient in reading and math.  In addition to the ramifications for Delaware’s students and their future employability, as has been widely reported, one of the other most evident outcomes is the number of professionals with school-age children who work in Delaware but choose to reside out of state.
 
  • Misguided environmental policies have driven industrial electric rates well above neighboring states’ rates, creating the documented exodus of manufacturing jobs to other states and an impediment to developing new, well-paying manufacturing jobs. 
 
Utilizing publicly available data, voluminous research from respected academic institutions, and federal and state resources, CRI is the only non-profit entity in Delaware that is objectively identifying the regressive outcomes of certain state policies and disseminating those damaging ramifications to not only county and state legislators but also the public.
 
In partnership with other like-minded organizations, the primary goals of this Center are to develop strategies and alternative policy options that will bring transparency - and changes - to the State’s $9 billion budget process while objectively advocating for regulatory reform.
 
Co-Director Charlie Copeland has an MBA from Duke University with a focus in Finance and spent over 25 years growing a marketing services business that achieved several global awards for operational excellence.  He also spent six years in the Delaware State Senate, serving his last two years as the Senate Minority Leader.  Charlie, who focused much of his Senate career on education reform and government accountability, remains a sought-after speaker on issues related to governmental accountability.
 

The latest Fraser Institute ranking places Delaware number one among the states in economic freedom.
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The Daliy Beast reports that Delaware is over the top on state government debt.
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For a number of years the state of Delaware has using capital funds to cover operating costs.
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An analysis of the governors proposed cut in funding for the University of Delaware for FY2011.
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An analysis on the upward trend of personal income and estate taxation.
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Snapshot of Delawares economy as of March 2010
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An analysis of the method for funding beach replenishment and a viable alternative.
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Research by economist W. Kurt Hauser demonstrates that since World War II U.S. government tax revenues have averaged just under 19% of GDP. This proportion has held steady despite 30 major changes in the tax code across all sources of revenue (e.g., personal income, corporate, investment tax credits...

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The leading edge of the baby boomers hits age 65 this year and will contribute to a surge in Delawares senior population over the coming decade. The Delaware Population Consortium projects a 10% increase in the states population from 2010 to 2020 while the senior population jumps 41%. This surge in ...

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The state will award $2.4 million and local officials will provide a ten year property tax break for Johnson Controls to build a second manufacturing and distribution facility in Middletown, Delaware. Is this simply corporate welfare? Well, yes and no.   On one hand, giving handouts to Johnso...

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