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House Bill 91 - Expanded Powers for AG is "Offensive to Public Policy"
By Charlie Copeland, Co-Director
Center for Analysis of Delaware's Economy & Government Spending
March 2, 2021
(House Bill 91 would add the words “unfair practice,” loosely defined as “offensive to public policy,” to the state’s existing Consumer Fraud Act. This unnecessary change greatly expands the Attorney General's power and opens the door to open-ended damaging litigation to Delaware businesses.)
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Delaware's new tax brackets: you moving or staying? By Dr. John Stapleford Center for Analysis of Delaware's Economy & Government Spending (Updated 3/2/2021 originally published on 2/23/2021. See disclaimer at the bottom of the page.) Pending House Bill 64 (HB 64) proposes graduated increases in the top personal income tax rate, starting with 7.1% at household income of $125,000 and topping out at a rate of 8.6% at an income of $500,000 or more. We provide five reasons why this is an ill-timed, unnecessary, and bad idea: ...[read more]
Delaware Beware: Likely Causes of Texas Electric Grid Blackouts By David T. Stevenson Center for Energy & Environmental Policy February 17, 2021 (photo source: Washington Post Video) Besides Texas, blackouts occurred last year in California, Europe, and Japan, all with wind and solar power making up about 25% of their electric grids. Delaware just increased its wind and solar mandate from 25% to 40%, and discussions are being held to go to 50%. Beware following this path. A full explanation of the Texas blackouts will likely await an investigation by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas&...[read more]
Will Governor Carney's 2021 Budget finally bring an end to Delaware's failing economy? By Charlie Copeland Center for Analysis of Delaware's Economy & Government Spending January 31, 2021 A growing economy matters for myriad reasons and, according to the St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank, Delaware's GDP has not grown for a decade. During this same period, Delaware's worker productivity has seen a 6% decline. Thanks to better public schools, lower personal and business taxes, our neighboring states have been eating our lunch and stealing jobs and workers from Delaware for years. With this backdrop, the Governo...[read more]
Delaware's Clean Energy Future As long as you are moving the goalposts for percent renewable energy let’s do it right By Dave Stevenson Center for Energy and Environmental Policy January 11, 2021 (last updated 1/14/2021) The best way to lower carbon dioxide emissions is to let the free market work. US emissions fell 14.4% from 2005 to 2019 primarily by shifting from higher cost, higher emitting coal to lower cost, lower-emitting nat...[read more]