DE Governor John Carney

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Legislative committee adds more than $120 million to Gov. Carney’s proposed budget

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Members of the Delaware legislature's budget-writing committee have added more than $120 million to Gov. John Carney's proposed operating budget for the fiscal year starting July 1. The Joint Finance Committee finished its revisions to Carney's recommended spending plan on Wednesday. Lawmakers added more than $124.5 million to the $5.48 billion spending plan Carney recommended in January. The revised budget plan, which must be approved by […]

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Delaware governor says he won’t block marijuana legalization

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Delaware Gov. John Carney said Friday he will not veto legislation legalizing recreational marijuana use by adults in the state and authorizing the establishment of a state-licensed and regulated cannabis industry. The Democratic governor's announcement marks a turnaround from last year, when he vetoed a legalization bill championed by fellow Democrats. Carney's office said just last month that he continued to have strong concerns about the […]

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Carney agrees restriction on judgeships is unconstitutional

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Democratic Gov. John Carney has acknowledged that a provision splitting positions on Delaware's highest courts between Republicans and Democrats is unconstitutional. The acknowledgment came in a proposed consent agreement filed Monday in a federal court case that reached the U.S. Supreme Court in 2020. Carney agrees that a "major-party" provision in Delaware's constitution regarding appointments to Delaware's Supreme Court, Superior Court and Chancery Court is unconstitutional. […]

today01/31/2023 63


Delaware Gov. John Carney tests positive for COVID-19

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Delaware Gov. John Carney has tested positive for COVID-19, the governor's office announced on Saturday. Carney tested positive late Friday using an at-home antigen test after experiencing mild symptoms, according to a news release.  Carney, 66, said he's "feeling fine" and is isolating himself — following U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines — and will work from home. This marks Carney's second publicly announced […]

today01/30/2023 53


Carney proposes operating budget increase of more than 7%

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Democratic Gov. John Carney is proposing to boost Delaware's government operating budget by more than 7% over the current year's budget, with hundreds of millions of dollars in new spending for state employee pay raises, health care and affordable housing. The spending plan Carney announced Thursday calls for an operating budget of $5.48 billion, up from this year's $5.1 billion budget, which included pay increases for […]

today01/27/2023 55


Carney focuses heavily on education in State of State speech

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Delaware Gov. John Carney called for more investments in education, the environment and affordable housing Thursday in his State of the State address. Carney's proposals include increasing housing stock by using federal American Rescue Plan funding to help rehabilitate blighted homes, raising teacher pay and boosting funding for early childhood education programs. Carney also is calling for $50 million in "Opportunity Funding" targeted at improving academic […]

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Judge bars enforcement of Delaware ‘ghost gun’ restrictions

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A federal judge has barred Delaware from enforcing prohibitions on the manufacture and possession of homemade "ghost guns" that can't be traced by law enforcement officials because they don't have serial numbers. Friday's ruling comes in a lawsuit filed by gun-rights advocates after Democratic Gov. John Carney signed a law criminalizing the possession, manufacture and distribution of such weapons and unfinished components. The judge denied a […]

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Judge won’t toss suit over Delaware court political balance

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A federal judge has refused to dismiss a lawsuit against Democratic Gov. John Carney over Delaware's requirement for political balance on its courts. Friday's ruling is the latest in a long-running legal battle over a "major-party" provision in Delaware's constitution. The provision means judicial appointments to the three highest courts are split between Republicans and Democrats. That means unaffiliated voters or members of other political parties […]

today09/26/2022 50


Delaware lawmakers wrap up this year’s legislative session

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Delaware lawmakers have wrapped up legislative session with action on secondary bills after a successful push by Democrats to enact higher-profile measures tightening gun ownership laws and expanding access to abortions. Gov. John Carney put an exclamation point on Thursday's session end, signing a package of gun control measures that fellow Democrats rammed through the General Assembly in the wake of recent mass shootings in other […]

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