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We often tell our children that a job is a source of pride and independence. Having gainful employment empowers people to take control of their lives. This is especially true for the tens of thousands of Delawareans who have run afoul of the law, paid their debt to society and are looking to put their lives back on track.

For too many years now, the job market and the overall economy in the Millsboro area and Sussex County at large have been stuck in a rut, held back by factors largely outside the control of anyone who lives or works here.

But now, we have the chance to support something in our community that will provide jobs for hundreds of families and touch off a ripple of economic activity that will positively impact hundreds more.

This is such a special time of year for gathering with friends and family to celebrate the holidays. I hope you have a wonderful holiday and a happy new year.

Seasons Greetings! I hope you and your family have a safe and cheerful holiday season.

As always, please do not hesitate to reach out to my office if you have questions or concerns about anything in the 19th District. I look forward to hearing from you.

Wishing you peace, joy and happiness through the New Year,

The House passed a bill to keep firearms out of the hands of those determined to be a danger to themselves or others by a bipartisan 40-1 vote... Even the National Rifle Association, which vehemently opposed every other “gun control” bill introduced this session, withdrew any opposition and conceded that House Bill 88 would not infringe upon the rights of gun owners.

Constituent service is a top priority for me and I’m happy to attend the many civic association meetings throughout our district. I'm also glad to have the support of my legislative assistant, Rylene Harper, who helps me to address any issues and concerns you may have. Rylene can be contacted by phone in Wilmington at 302-577-5312, or via email at rylene.harper@state.de.us.

Over the past six months, I have thought about this issue a lot. I have talked with constituents in my district, and it is clear to me that raising the minimum wage is the right thing to do. I intend to support any efforts to release the bill from committee when we return to session next month and pass it into law.

On Monday, I attended a Kenton Town Council meeting where the proposed watch-repair school for disabled veterans was discussed. I have received several calls and emails from constituents who are concerned about the fate of the Kenton school building and property.

From the beginning, I have been supportive of this project and am a co-sponsor of the legislation that would allow it to proceed, Senate Bill 153. However, I also share some of the concerns of the community and am working hard on a solution that will move the project forward.

In this newsletter I’ve included details about upcoming community events that will be taking place over the next couple of weeks.

As always, if there are any questions I can answer for you in the meantime, please let me know.

I'd also like to wish everyone a safe, happy and healthy holiday season. 

For the past two years, legislation to increase Delaware’s minimum wage – set since 2009 at the federal level of $7.25 per hour – to $8.25 per hour has been introduced, heard in a House committee I chair and failed to receive enough support from committee members to be released to the full House for consideration.

I hope everyone had a pleasant Thanksgiving. There are a number of events going on in our community this holiday season, including the Delaware City Holiday Parade , the Reedy Point Players performance of “The Best Christmas Pagent Ever," and the Tuba Christmas concert presented by the St. Georges Historical Society.

 Each year, the drafting of Delaware’s operating budget is the top priority for the General Assembly. It is a complicated, arduous project defined by competing interests and shifting priorities balanced against limited resources. Every budget cycle, a bipartisan group of 12 legislators meets for months to craft our budget.

Dear Neighbor,

This is my first e-newsletter, one of many I hope to send over the coming months. Inside, you will find updates on community events, legislative happenings, current issues, and more. I hope you find this a useful resource. Please let me know if any of your neighbors want to be added to the distribution list.

 

Dear Neighbor

I want to wish you and your family a safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday! I hope you will join me in helping make the holiday bright for families in need this year. The Food Bank of Delaware has a year-round food drop off site at the Brandywine Hundred Library, and the Claymont Food Closet has drop-offs at area grocery stores. 

Below are some updates from the 6th Representative District. As always, please do not hesitate to reach out to my office if you have questions or concerns about anything in your neighborhood. I look forward to hearing from you. 

Recently, certain groups, agencies and legislative colleagues have made statements in support of prevailing wage reform or repeal. Their belief is that with revenue down and spending tight, we should look at cutting costs through deregulation – in this case, Delaware’s prevailing wage regulations. There are a lot of misconceptions and misinformation about this law, which must be addressed.

The New Castle County Police and Attorney General’s Office have informed us of two scams currently being perpetrated against people in the area, so we are providing information about these scams, how to spot them and what to do if you receive such a message. 

This morning, representatives and senators with the General Assembly’s bipartisan Kids Caucus took an early look at several of the top legislative priorities we’re hoping to address when the Legislature gets back to work in January.

Concrete patching on Milltown Road should be completed in the coming weeks depending on weather.

I want to make you aware of several community meetings and events coming up in the next week or so.  Please make a note of them if you’d like to attend.

The Department of Transportation (DelDOT) is holding a public workshop to obtain comments from surrounding businesses and the general public for two projects along Old Baltimore Pike.

As we move into November, I wanted to share with you some information about various community events throughout the district. Recently, I joined our Congressional Delegation and Governor Jack Markell in officially opening the Mike Castle C&D Canal Trail, a nine-mile path for walkers, runners and cyclists to enjoy the outdoors. I have used this trail, which runs through our district, several times already and highly encourage everyone to get out and take a walk or a ride.

I have included upcoming community events that will be taking place over the next couple of weeks.

Summer is over, but there is plenty of activity in our community, with the Sea Witch Festival and Punkin Chunkin

It has been decades since Delaware has seen a major job-creating economic development project like the one The Data Centers proposes to build at the University of Delaware’s STAR campus.

The Delaware Compensation Rating Bureau has issued its filing for 2014 and its recommendation would saddle these businesses – and ultimately their employees – with yet another double-digit increase in workers’ compensation rates. We object to this rate increase recommendation and urge you to reject it.

Governor Jack Markell brings his town hall meeting series to New Castle County this week. Thursday, October 10, 6 p.m. Governor Markell will hold a town hall meeting at Delcastle High School (1417 Newport Rd, Wilmington, DE 19804).

The continuing fight over federal government shutdown might be taking place in our nation’s capital, but its effects can be felt here in our state’s capital.

Last fall, Delaware employers were shocked by Delaware Compensation Rating Bureau’s recommendation that workers’ compensation rates needed to be raised by more than 40 percent. This request was following a rate increase the previous year of 11 percent. Ultimately, a rate increase of 15 percent was approved for last year – not an insignificant amount. But today, here we are again.

Next Wednesday, October 2, I will be holding my monthly Community Coffee Talk at the Panera on Main Street from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Please stop by to discuss current issues in Newark and our state.

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