Rep. Kim Williams February E-Newsletter

 

Helping Hands

On February 22, Conrad students and families volunteered at the Food Bank of Delaware. The goal was to pack 5 tons of food in three hours. We successfully packed 5 tons in just 90 minutes! If you are looking to volunteer your time, please contact the Food Bank of Delaware at (302) 292-1305 or visit their website at http://www.fbd.org/.  It is a great way for the entire family to volunteer their time together.

 

 

DelDOT: winter road conditions

This winter has taken a heavy toll on our roadways. If you spot an issue that is an immediate concern/hazard, please alert DelDOT’s Transportation Management Center (TMC) who will dispatch a maintenance crew. The TMC operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year and can be reached at 302-659-4600, #77 on your cell, or through e-mail atdeldottmc@state.de.us.  To report potholes or other non-emergency situations, please click here.


I attended the First State FIRST Lego League Championship Tournament at the Delaware Air National Guard's main aircraft hangar on February 15. It was filled with students from Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland and Virginia. The Delaware National Guard troops were there with displays that showcased military technology and robotics. Lou Rosario, First State FIRST Lego League Director, describes the event as showcasing the excitement of kids applying STEM - science, technology, engineering, and math - wrapped up in an atmosphere of science.


Legislative Update: Minimum Wage and E-cigarettes

  • Shortly after winning final passage in the House on January 30, Gov. Jack Markell signed legislation to increase Delaware’s minimum wage by $1 an hour to $8.25 an hour. Sponsored by Sen. Bobby Marshall and Rep. Gerald Brady, Senate Bill 6 increases Delaware’s minimum wage for the first time in five years and spreads the raise out to two 50-cent increments, which take effect June 1 this year and June 1 next year. According to the Delaware Department of Labor, up to 40,000 people, nearly 10 percent of Delaware’s workers, could be affected, either directly or indirectly, by this increase. I was thrilled to be able to vote yes for this important piece of legislation and look on as the Governor signed the bill into law.
     
  • House Bill 241,  sponsored by State Rep. Deborah Hudson, R-Fairthorne, and State Sen. Patricia Blevins, D-Elsmere,  would prohibit the sale and distribution of e-cigarettes to minors. The measure would also make it illegal for minors to purchase the products.  The measure has the support of Attorney General Beau Biden, the Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Enforcement (DATE) and the Delaware Division of Public Health.  A recent study of Delaware students found that, among students first smoking cigarettes, e-cigarette users are far more likely to continue smoking cigarettes than non e-cigarette users. According to the Delaware Division of Public Health, high school students' use of e-cigarettes has doubled over the course of a year. At least 27 states already prohibit the sale of e-cigarettes to minors. I look forward to making Delaware the 28th state.

Free Tax Prep services

Through Free File, all taxpayers who made $58,000 or less in 2013 are eligible to visit www.IRS.gov/freefile to prepare and e-file their federal tax returns. About 100 million Americans – or 70 percent of taxpayers –are eligible. Free File is made possible through a public-private partnership between the IRS and the Free File Alliance, a non-profit coalition of leading tax software companies. To learn more about the program, visit www.freefilealliance.org or www.freefile.irs.gov.


Task Force Update

January 29 was the third meeting of the Enrollment Preference Task Force created by House Bill 90, which I am co-chairing with Sen. Nicole Poore. The fourth meeting will take place on March 4. The task force is making great progress in examining the following issues related to school choice:

  • Best practices for application process;
  • Choice opportunities in Kent and Sussex counties;
  • Best practices to ensure equal access;
  • Extending outreach regarding choice options;
     

For more information including the complete task force schedule, please visit The General Assembly's website and click the “Enrollment Preference Task Force” link.


Hazardous Waste Recycling information

DSWA operates Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collection events at different locations throughout the year. Delaware residents can bring their HHW to the event free of charge. Click here for the schedule and acceptable materials list.


Small Business Spotlight

The Greenbank Mill National Historical District, featuring the Greenbank Mill and Phillips House, is a non-profit, public museum located off of Newport Gap Pike near Kirkwood Highway. Their goal is to expand public knowledge of Red Clay Valley industrial, agricultural, and social history through on-site educational and recreational programming.

There is a rich history behind the Greenbank Mill, dating back to the 1670s when the main export was flour. Throughout the next two centuries, new ownership and technological advances led to increased productivity in the new wool and textile production mill.

Today, the exhibit features a full-scale working exhibit of the automatic milling machinery. The reconstructed machinery is powered by an 18-foot diameter oak water wheel, which was completed in 2001. For more information about the Greenbank Mill, visitwww.greenbankmill.com or call (302) 999-9001.