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Go West young Delaware techie... CA, OR, & WA receive almost 20% of Delaware's net outbound migration.   By Charlie Copeland, Director Center for Analysis of Delaware's Economy & Government Spending January 26, 2024     Our previous analyses discuss Delaware's inbound migration of retirees from our regional neighbors (PA, NJ & MD) and outbound migration to the more prosperous Southeast (FL, TX & NC). This final analysis in the "Migration Series" focuses on outbound migration to the West Coast.   Despite a decade of significant population loss, California is the recipient of a large portion o ...
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Support Senate Joint Resolution to Protect Beach Communities

by David T. Stevenson Center for Energy & Environmental Policy (Picture source: Recycling Today) February 13, 2024       Delaware's Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) is considering a permit request from developer US Wind to allow power cables from a "Maryland-approved" offshore wind project to come ashore in Delaware Seashore State Park at 3Rs Beach.   This project is in federal waters and awaits final approval from the US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM).   The cable permit is the only state-level opportunity to add conditions tha...
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Delaware Schools Need Accountability, Not More Money

Delaware Schools Need Accountability, Not More Money   By Dr. Tanya Hettler, PhD Center for Education Excellence January 5, 2024     On Monday, December 12th, 2023, the Delaware Department of Education(DDOE) released an Education Funding Study that cost taxpayers $700,000. This study was produced by the American Institutes for Research(AIR) as part of the State's required response to a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and other groups in 2018 to improve equity in Delaware's K-12 schools.    Before we analyze this costly study obtained by the State, let'...[read more]

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...[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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