We are all engaged with understanding and resisting the serial atrocities being pushed by the Trump Administration (#resist — proud of everyone who does!), but this local engagement is important, especially since Gov. Markell’s final budget provides for a great many budget costs, with a great deal of cost shifting in order to address the horrible hole in the budget.
It won’t do to not pay attention locally too. But Governor Carney has scheduled a number of meetings for what he is calling a “Budget Reset” for community conversations on the budget and ideas for fixing it. Here is the schedule:
7:30 a.m. – January 30 – Timothy’s on the Riverfront, Wilmington, with Representative Stephanie T. Bolden
7:30 a.m. – February 15 – Drip Café, Hockessin, with Senator David Sokola
8:00 a.m. – February 21 – Drip Café, Hockessin, with Senator Greg Lavelle
9:00 a.m. – February 22 – Downtown Dover Partnership, Dover, with Senator Brian Bushweller
February 22 – TELE-TOWN HALL
9:00 a.m. – March 1 – Nanticoke Senior Center, Seaford, with Representative Daniel Short
8:00 a.m. – April 5 – Café Gelato, Newark, with Representative Paul Baumbach
Get one of these on your calendar and go if you can. Let us know what you hear. If you can’t go, post up your idea for fixing the budget below.
I’m in favor of changing the upper brackets of the income tax — create two or more new brackets so that Delaware can build a more progressive income tax, and get a whole state reassessment done. Then let each county decide if they want to collect additional revenue based on that reassessment.