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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Time to Push Back on Offshore Wind on the Delaware and Maryland Coast

By David T. Stevenson, Director Center for Energy & Environmental Policy October 24, 2023     The federal government is closing in on approving the large US Wind offshore wind project just 10 miles off the Delaware and Maryland coast as early as the first quarter of 2024. They have released their Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) and are open to public comments through November 20, 2023. This will be the last opportunity for public comments to request changes or denial of permits for the project and to establish standing to potentially sue if the project is approved as is. In-person comments can be made tonight (10/24) at 5 p.m. at the ...
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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   So, why does Delaware still impose this tax when 45 other states have repealed it?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]

Transparency in public education - a parental right - a state obligation

Transparency in public education - a parental right - a state obligation By Charlie Copeland, Director (pictured)  Center for Analysis of Delaware's Economy & Government Spending February 17, 2022      Parents have the right to decide the content and quality of their child's education, full stop. The political elite (like the Bidens, Carpers, Carneys, Coons, and Markells) have exercised this right for years by sending their children to private schools and/or elite Charter schools.   Regular Delawareans have not been so privileged. A simple addition to Delaware law can help fix this.   It is reported ...[read more]

Delaware Climate Plan Misses on facts and policy path

Delaware Climate Plan misses on facts and policy path By David T. Stevenson (pictured) Center for Energy & Environmental Policy February 2, 2022     Every written comment on Delaware's Climate Action Plan starts out repeating the same unsupported "facts" and ends promoting the same poor policy choices. Action plan statements are corrected below, followed by a discussion of better policy choices.   Temperatures have risen 2 degrees Fahrenheit since 1895 (56.75° to 58.65° in 2021)- In fact, temperatures have been rising since about 1850 after a 2 degree drop during the preceding 150 years in a period known as the Little ...[read more]

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