As you make every effort to avoid the sweltering heat of the summer, we at CRI are continuing our push to expand awareness of CRI to the public, the vast majority of whom are unaware of our existence, and who often confuse us with the Caesar Rodney School District.
We recently added Dr. Chris Casscells to our employee list as the Director of the new Center for Healthcare Policy. Our role is to explain to the Delawarean public how the new Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will affect them, and what types of changes we feel Delaware needs to help provide affordable care to those who need it without an individual mandate, a raise in taxes, or a decrease in the quality of care.We hope to reach out to the entire state to provide not only critiques of the PPACA,but also solutions.
We are continuing our efforts in Education to promote school choice as an alternative form of education in the state. We were pleased Delaware tabled a bill last month which would have required new charter schools to seek permission from the public school districts they are in to form. That would be like Wendy’s needing to ask Burger King if it would be OK to put a new Wendy’s on the same block as the Burger King. You know how well that will go.
The Energy policy for the state could be much better. Our expert testimony provided to John Nichols of Middletown has led him to file a suit against Governor Markell and five members of the Public Service Commission he feels did not due their due diligence to vet Bloom Energy’s “energy servers” to verify their danger to Delaware’s environment. He also has filed suit (see blog post below) against the Coastal Zone Industrial Control Board, the same board which rejected Mr. Nichol’s appeal for standing. We will continue following the lawsuit, and we will relay all information to you as things unfold.
The economy is the same as it’s been for the past 4 years. Out of control spending in Washington bleeds down to the state level, which is fueled by overspending from Delaware’s government. The state deficit has reach about $16 billion. The legislature is out for the year, but in an election year, we will see how voters react to both the state and national situation. The economy has stalled for several months, and it may be a while before it picks up.
SO that leaves us with: What things should you consider?
First off, it’s important to continue reading our analyses as we dissect and explain the issues and how they affect you. Share our website or our data with friends, family, or anyone else in your life that is able to vote. Let them know things are not always so rosy when you take the sunglasses off, and that significant changes must be made both in government and in policy.
The second thing to do is to see how reforms, or lack of them, have impacted other states. Example: Wisconsin under Scott Walker reduced corporate and business taxes. Illinois under Pat Quinn raised them. Wisconsin’s budget deficit has shrunk and the economy has turned around while Illinoi’s continues to flounder and the state goes bankrupt. Now consider how Delaware’s elected officials make decisions and decide for yourself which ideas are good and which ones don’t work. Then, go out and support policies which work and oppose policies which don’t, and remind your elected officials of their promises they made in the last election, with a reminder you will vote them out if they have not kept their promises
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