Bloom Spotlight Delaware

Bloom Energy plans to move some Delaware jobs to Mexico

Karl BakerBusiness, Headlines

Bloom Energy, the fuel cell producer that a decade ago promised to revitalize the state’s manufacturing sector, announced last week that it will move a slice of its Newark operations to Mexico at the end of 2024. The decision is one part of the California company’s plan to restructure amid increasing debt and continuous financial losses, according to its annual …

The Department of Education, Redding Consortium and Wilmington Learning Collaborative had their yearly state budget requests Wednesday.

Education groups costing â…“ of state budget face JFC

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Government

Education – what one legislator called the most important investment by the state – consumed Wednesday’s Joint Finance Committee hearing for a category that makes up about one-third of the state’s $6 billion budget.  Appearing in the morning before the committee that decided how and where the state’s budget will be spent was The Redding Consortium and the Wilmington Learning …

bike

Milford moves to condemn widow’s property for bike path

Betsy PriceGovernment, Headlines

  This report has been updated. The Milford City Council has voted to condemn eight acres of a widow’s property and pay her $20,000 for it, so the city can access the adjoining acres that it paid her brother more than $500,000 for. Milford wants the property to install bike and pedestrian paths that would help connect the town to …

Gibraltar

Wilmington buys Gibraltar, plans to help preserve it

Betsy PriceCulture, Headlines

The city of Wilmington has paid $900,000 for the elegeant Gibraltar mansion on Pennsylvania and will work to preserve it for future generations, Mayor Mike Purzycki announced Friday. There are no definitive plans at this time for the property, Purzycki said in a press release. The property, the focus of both commercial and cultural interest for decades, hasn’t been able …

tax

Bill to change state tax brackets halted in committee

Betsy PriceGovernment, Headlines

A bill that would alter Delaware’s tax code in a way the sponsor says would ultimately lower tax payments for everyone was put to death Tuesday by the House Revenue and Finance Committee. Another was delayed for consideration until the next meeting. Votes for House Bill 233, sponsored by Majority Leader Mike Ramone, R-Newark/Pike Creek, split along party lines in …

insurance

State worker health insurance to rise 22%, add $50M cost

Betsy PriceGovernment, Headlines

The state of Delaware will need at least an additional $50 million dollars in fiscal 2025 to pay for increases in the cost of employee health insurance, which is expected to see premium rises of up to 22%. Ruth Ann Miller, controller general, said the program will have a shortfall of $15 million by April 1 and will need $22 …

Car thefts and car-related crimes has become a large issue in cities nationwide. (Photo by dardespot/Getty Images)

Wilmington council: Make parents pay for child’s car crimes 

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Government

The Wilmington City Council is considering making parents pay for damages caused by their minor children who break into or damage cars. Carjacking and thefts of personal belongings in cars has been a major problem in cities across the country, and Wilmington is no exception. Some of this was sparked by a TikTok dare in which people – typically teenagers …

Delaware has several New Year's celebrations throughout the state this weekend.

Your Delaware New Year’s 2024 holiday guide

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Culture

Whether you have some eager ambitions for the New Year, are continuing your established habits and routines, or are somewhere in between, it is likely that you’ll be traveling to celebrate the holiday. Including Christmas, 330,000 Delawareans are traveling for the end-of-year holidays, an increase of 2.6% over last year, according to AAA Mid-Atlantic, a regional travel agency. Here’s what …

Faith Friends Jane

Hit-and-run hospitalizes Faithful Friends founder, kills dog

Betsy PriceCulture, Headlines

The founder of Faithful Friends Animal Society is recovering from a hit-and-run accident that hospitalized her and killed her dog, Emma, which she was walking at the time of the accident. The incident occurred when Jane Pierantozzi was walking her dog Dec. 10 on South Clayton Street in Wilmington near the intersection of South Clayton and Maple Streets in Wilmington. …

Ammunition appropriations

GOP reps: Dems never told us about Appropriations bill releases

Betsy PriceGovernment, Headlines

Republican members of the House Appropriations Committee say they were not notified that Democrats planned to release bills from the House Appropriations Committee they sit on. The bills were signed by the Democrat members Wednesday, maybe during a caucus meeting, and then press releases were sent out saying they had been released by the committee, which never met. Among them …