Kim Williams Newsletter: July 19, 2013

2013 Emerging Leaders Conference

State Senator Bryan Townsend and me on the University of Virginia campus at the 2013 Emerging Leaders Conference.

FIRST SESSION ENDS

In the early morning of July 1st, the first session of the 147th General Assembly came to a close. Shortly afterwards, Governor Jack Markell signed the fiscal 2014 budget into law. The $3.718 billion budget includes funding for new or expanded initiatives, such as:

  • Special school graduates and placements through the Division of Developmental Disabilities Services;
  • 30 new mental health professionals in middle schools;
  • Statewide targeting awareness programs for youth (such as suicide awareness and anti-bullying efforts);
  • Home-delivered meals;
  • Six new Delaware State Police troopers;
  • Development of improved school safety plans.

The Governor also signed this year’s capital budget, which allocates funding for various construction and maintenance projects. This year’s Bond Bill included $200 million for transportation projects and $100 million for school construction and renovations. Those projects help put people back to work while upgrading and maintaining our infrastructure and facilities.

Local Business Spotlight – Copeland’s Mulch Depot

When summertime rolls around, everyone seems to develop a green thumb. Working on your garden or maintaining your yard is a hobby for many, even during the dog days of summer. For many residents of the 19th District, Stanton-based Copeland’s Mulch Depot has been part of that summer tradition for decades.


A family-owned – and woman-owned – business that has served the community at the same Honeysuckle Drive location since 1978, Copeland’s Mulch Depot started as a tree service center and added its garden center just over 10 years ago. Copeland’s prides itself on carrying unique items and plants in addition to the usual mulch and landscaping items. Copeland’s also has a yard waste recycling site that is open six days a week for those doing some serious yard work.

 

For more information about this local business, visit www.copelandsmulchdepot.com or call (302) 633-9536.

CSG-ERC COMMITTEE APPOINTMENT

I have been appointed to serve on the Council of State Governments’ Eastern Regional Conference’s Education Committee. As the vice-chair of the House Education Committee, I look forward to working with my regional colleagues to ensure that CSG-ERC will focus on the key policy issues that will promote a more competitive and affordable system for Delaware as well as all of you in the 19th District. Committee membership also provides a unique networking opportunity for me to share ideas and insights with my counterparts from throughout the Northeast region and bring the best practices and resources back to you.

CSG-ERC is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization located in New York City since 1937. Its mission is to promote successful state policy initiatives, advocate multi-jurisdictional problem solving, advocate for regional interests at the federal level, offer leadership training and technical assistance, and forecast policy trends that affect the Northeast. In this challenging economic climate, it is more important than ever that we receive and share information to promote our regional priorities at the federal level and I look forward to being a part of that discussion.

PET SAFETY

Three quick tips to keep your pets safe and cool this summer!

  • Make sure they have access to plenty of water and shade. When temperatures begin to push 90 degrees, bring them inside to cool off every few hours.

  • Dogs with thick coats may be more bothered by the rising temperatures. They should not be left outside unattended for any length of time due to their increased risk of heat stroke.

  • Please do not leave your pets in the car unattended. Car windows trap heat inside, and those rising temperatures can be fatal.

For more information, contact the Delaware SPCA at 302-998-2281.