State of Delaware Archives: on Jobs


David Lamar Williams: Provide a livable standard wage for all

David is passionate about providing a livable standard wage for all. He will work to find ways to support those of our citizens that are dealing with financial challenges. Working to change policy and law and provide access to information for assistance. David aims to maintain balance within the political system for budget analysis and will keep pushing until the correct balance is reached.
Source: 2020 Delaware gubernatorial campaign website Mar 25, 2020

John Carney: Grants to small business is investment in the future

With a strong economy, it's the right time for us to invest in our future. More than half of Delawareans working are employed at small businesses. They're the engine of our economic growth. Our future success depends on finding ways to grow our small businesses. So last spring we started a new grant program: Encouraging Development, Growth and Expansion, or EDGE for short. We've awarded nearly $1.5 million in EDGE Grants to 20 companies.
Source: 2020 Delaware State of the State address Jan 23, 2020

John Carney: Work-a-Day Earn-a-Pay Program Pilot

Gov. John Carney announced the expansion of the Work-a-Day Earn-a-Pay Program Pilot. The $150,000 pilot initiative funded by the Department of Transportation created a partnership with Goodwill of Delaware to hire 46 individuals who collected 759 bags of trash along the I-95 corridor in Wilmington. Cleanups were performed three times per week.

"As we work to 'Keep DE Litter Free,' this program is a great example of how we can put people to work and address the litter problem that exists across our state," said Carney. "With DelDOT and Goodwill of Delaware working together, this program will expand statewide beginning on August 1, and broaden our litter cleanup efforts."

DelDOT will provide $483,000 in funding for the expanding program. The expanded program will increase the frequency of I-95 ramp cleanups in Wilmington as well as target other high-litter areas in New Castle, Kent, and Sussex counties.

Source: Delaware Business Times on 2020 Delaware gubernatorial race Jul 18, 2019

John Carney: Investment in new jobs means drop in unemployment

Over the past two years, and thanks in large part to the work of many of you, we have 10,000 new jobs in Delaware. Our unemployment rate has fallen to 3.8 percent for the first time since 2008. Working with you, we signed an agreement to bring hundreds o
Source: 2019 State of the State address to Delaware legislature Jan 17, 2019

James DeMartino: A state regulated minimum wage hurts small business

Q: Would you support an increase in the minimum wage? Why or why not?

DeMartino: No. A State regulated minimum wage hurts small business and negatively impacts job growth.

Source: Wilmington News Journal on 2020 Delaware Senate race Aug 20, 2018

John Carney: Focus on trade school training and apprenticeships

Carney addressed a question I raised about how the future of Delaware will look for young people. He cited how he has pushed for job creation, and played a vital role in getting most of DuPont to stay in Delaware. He believed that I'll have plenty of Delaware jobs to look forward to.

I later inquired about his views on the future of trade schools as a way to build a greater workforce. He said that everyone needs welders, yet we seem to not have enough. We focus on only the highest jobs through college or the lowest jobs, and don't focus on the decently paying middle jobs, occupations vital for Americans such as welding, or plumbing or other trades.

He cited Germany's apprenticeship programs as an excellent example and something we could emulate in Delaware. In addition, he saw the pathway program in schools as an important first step in pushing for education that can still get students good jobs without spending thousands of dollars on college.

Source: Wilmington News Journal on 2016 Delaware Governor's race Mar 10, 2016

Alex Pires: Jobs come from small businesses; they need bank credit

Pires said the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform is not the answer to the country's economic woes. "Simpson-Bowles is a good idea, but it hasn't gone anywhere," he said. "Jobs come from small businesses. They don't come from the top, they come from the bottom." Pires said credit is key to the success of small businesses, which are suffering because of big banks. As a board member of Community Bank, Pires said he has lent more than $200,000 to small businesses.
Source: Cape Gazette on 2012 Delaware Senate debate Oct 19, 2012

Jack Markell: Job Creation Infrastructure Fund: tax credits for job growth

We must be prepared to make the infrastructure investments necessary when we see significant opportunities to put Delawareans back to work. I am proposing a Job Creation Infrastructure Investment Fund that will allow us to seize the best opportunities fo investing in future jobs in ways that our Transportation Trust Fund currently cannot. And to drive home the message that Delaware is the best place to start and grow a business, we must promote job-creating capital investment. For businesses large or small that are willing to put Delawareans to work in a new or expanded manufacturing facility--whether it be for traditional manufacturing, or for clean energy--we will provide tax credits to support that job growth. We must continue to create a business climate that puts our neighbors back to work and that puts Delaware back at the forefront of making things again.
Source: 2011 Delaware State of the State Address Jan 20, 2011

Chris Coons: Unemployment hasn't doubled in two years; O'Donnell is lying

O'DONNELL: We have to keep in mind my opponent has a history of promising not to raise taxes on the campaign trail and then break those promises as soon as he takes office. Unemployment here in New Castle County rose, almost doubled in the last two years under his watch as New Castle county executive.

COONS: I also frankly can't imagine where she found the numbers that unemployment doubled in just the past year under my watch. I suspect we're going to need to keep a close eye this evening on the numbers that go flying back and forth.

Q: Let's ask her, where did you get those numbers?

O'DONNELL: The Department of Labor statistics. And we'll have them on our web site by tomorrow.

COONS: I think it's important to look closely at some of the things Ms. O'Donnell's thrown out on her new web site. Most of them are untrue. Some of them are flat-out lies. Some of them are mischaracterizations. Much of how you've characterized my record is incorrect.

Source: CNN's Wolf Blitzer moderating 2010 Delaware Senate debate Oct 13, 2010

Christine O`Donnell: Unemployment under Coons has doubled in two years

O'DONNELL: We have to keep in mind my opponent has a history of promising not to raise taxes on the campaign trail and then break those promises as soon as he takes office. Unemployment here in New Castle County rose, almost doubled in the last two years under his watch as New Castle county executive.

COONS: I also frankly can't imagine where she found the numbers that unemployment doubled in just the past year under my watch. I suspect we're going to need to keep a close eye this evening on the numbers that go flying back and forth.

Q: Let's ask her, where did you get those numbers?

O'DONNELL: The Department of Labor statistics. And we'll have them on our web site by tomorrow.

COONS: I think it's important to look closely at some of the things Ms. O'Donnell's thrown out on her new web site. Most of them are untrue. Some of them are flat-out lies. Some of them are mischaracterizations. Much of how you've characterized my record is incorrect.

Source: CNN's Wolf Blitzer moderating 2010 Delaware Senate debate Oct 13, 2010

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