I am committed to Making Government Work for You!
A reform agenda is essential to bring Delaware government back to working for the people.
The right of referendum is essential to place a check on the government. Delaware is the only state where the people do not vote on amendments to their own constitution. We need this check on the power of the government.
Delaware needs an office of Inspector General to look at other than financial issues.
Delaware needs to restore funds to have a robust state auditor’s office.
Delaware is 2nd in per person state spending but in the bottom third for quality of results. We need fundamental spending reforms such as direct care model health care choices and prevailing wage reforms that are more reflective of market wages.
Currently, Delaware is overpaying for schools and highways by up to 25%. Our prevailing wage is out of kilter. Prevailing wage is a necessary mechanism to protect middle class wages. Without it, contracts going to the lowest bidder would squeeze labor costs and create a race to the bottom. The problem with Delaware’s prevailing wage is that in areas where certain unions had influence, it costs up to 3 times more than the market wage. The result is that instead of being able to afford 5 schools, we can only afford 4. It is one example of why Delawareans pay so much and get so little.
Healthcare is a tremendous driver of costs in state government. We need sensible healthcare reform that improves patient care and allows cost control.
Delaware needs a stabilization fund to allow for economic ups and downs so we do not need to raise taxes or slash the social safety net when people need it most during recessionary dip.
In Dover, we found that Lean Government empowered employees to find savings for the taxpayers. By finding efficiencies, they were able to find their own raises and serve the people better. We need a similar approach at the state level.