Carney focuses on jobs, education in speech to lawmakers

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DOVER, Del. (AP) — Democratic Gov. John Carney stressed the need to expand Delaware’s economy and improve its public schools during his State of the State speech to lawmakers.

Carney also thanked state officials Thursday for their response to the coronavirus pandemic, and Delawareans for their “resilience.” But he warned that “we aren’t through it yet.” Carney said expanding economic opportunities for Delaware residents needs to be a top priority. GOP lawmakers expressed support for his proposals to boost spending on farmland and open space preservation, clean water initiatives and access to high-speed broadband networks.

But they questioned Carney’s support for a bill requiring private-sector employers to provide up to 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave.


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