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How does one grow Delaware Jobs?
- Does one say…. Here come here and will shave a penny off the cost?
- Does one say… If you work here, we will bend regulations to cost you less money?
- Does one say… Our productivity is high because our employees are smart?
- Does one say… There is no better place to live on this planet?
If you are good at what you do, you probably try all three…. (If that didn’t set off signals in your brain then step three is not even in the running).
We have strikes against us… We are are the 40th lowest economy, due to our small size… We have 39 bigger economies competing against us.
Any one of which can under-bid us on business taxes and make up the difference by raising their sales tax rate a penny….
So, against this, how do we increase Delaware’s jobs…
Well we’ve tried the carrot… Now the stick. There are businesses already heavily invested in Delaware…. Why not give them the option to write off new building costs?
In it’s simplest and most abstract form, it works like this:…..
Since paying taxes and building something both equally help the economy of the state, it makes no difference and is a simple trade off from the states economy’s point of view, as to whether the money goes directly to the treasury or indirectly, by being invested into new buildings on business properties… Therefore now is the time for businesses to expand, for that expansion can be written off the tax owed to the state…
The initial lost revenue will be returned in part by the taxes on the new jobs, and by taxes on the business transactions that mushroom as a result of this policy….
So as a business owner, you have this choice. You can pay the state and never see that money again, or you can build upon your property, and keep that money invested in the increased value of your assets… When you sell, you recoup the amount you invested so it is not lost revenue; it is not wasted… Plus the expansion now means your yearly net income is higher as well….
But at Delaware’s current abysmally low rates, even allowing the expansion write off, would benefit only a few of the larger, more prone-to-expand, business entities across this state…. Which is why it must be accompanied with a higher tax rates to create shock and awe among the principle players…
Taxes are based on the amount of money left over. Simply put, if there is no money leftover in a business, there is no tax… There is therefore incentive to maximize one’s profits in the field, and then minimize them on paper…. That incentive, creates the expansion that hires people… most particularly those in the construction trades….
Tax increases drove the WWII economy. The post war expansion. The Clinton Revival. And now this year, 2013… States enacting tax increases such as California and New Jersey, are doing much better now than states reveling on their lack of taxation and their lack of regulation…
More is better in this case.
Delaware has one of the weirdest tax state income tax delineations. The percentage climb stops at $65,000…. A person who makes $65,001 pays the same rate as does someone who’s financial empire brings in $65 billion dollars… We have much room to pay with. This year Delaware needs its General Assembly to act and pass a state tax system such as below…. This is just a first draft that will, and should be tweaked by the lobbyists scrambled by the powers that be to do damage control….
$1 Trillion and above…. 15%
$1 Billion and above…. 10%
$100 million and above…9%
$ 1 million and above… 8%
$100,000 and above… 7%
No further changes are required….
As an example New Jersey’s economic stimulus new tax hike rate stands at 8.97% over $500,000…. No one is going to run away from Delaware because of our increased tax rate…. unless they run away in order to pay even more.
Based on sources inside Delaware’s Department of Revenue, this would increase our state’s annual revenue intake by roughly $220 million dollars or about 7% of our current revenues…
What that should mean for every Delawarean, is that there is a very good likelihood that most of this will be invested right back into this state, if a that change in state tax code is made, thereby allowing the complete write-off of all domestic construction on this tiny patch of earth, only 35 miles wide, and 96 miles long…..
If you build on that small patch, Delaware won’t tax you the amount you spend upon the building. Delaware needs to jump on this idea first. Otherwise other states will take even this competitive edge away……
- $45,000 was dropped into the election illegally and not reported in the required timely fashion…
- That $45,000 was used to distribute literature telling Amy Roe supporters to go to the wrong polling places.
- That $45,000 names a candidate and is not an issue based. The proposed “issue” is “Polly’s Plan”, naming the candidate; not something like more local jobs through construction, which would not be attached to either candidate.
Only 115 votes separated whether we have a power plant or not….
There are just too many questions…. Voters need clarity.
The smart option would be to have a run off election. Just run Polly and Amy, no one else….
Re-do the election and then we will know…
It is one day. 6 districts. Just re-do the election…
District 1 – Wesleyan Church of Newark, 708 W. Church Road
District 2 – Aetna Fire Station #8, 410 Ogletown Road
District 3 – Aetna Fire Station #7, 7 Thorn Lane
District 4 – Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 475, 100 Veterans Lane
District 5 – First Presbyterian Church, Memorial Hall, 292 W. Main Street
District 6 – First Church of the Nazarene, 357 Paper Mill Road
District 1– Roe 402 (35.3%), Sierer 456 (40.1%), Powers 168 (14.8%), Morehead 60, DelCollo 38, Vento 12, Harland 1 == 1137
District 2– Roe 60 (19.1%), Sierer 190 (40.1%), Powers 41(3.6%), Morehead 11, DelCollo 7, Vento 5, Harland 0 ==314 total
District 3– Roe 485 (58.5%), Sierer 198 (23.9%), Powers 78( 9.4%), Morehead 29, DelCollo 24, Vento 12, Harland 2. == 828 total
District 4– Roe 188 (56.3%), Sierer 51 (15.3%), Powers 63 (18.8%), Morehead 14, DelCollo 7, Vento 4, Harland 7,==334 total
District 5– Roe 182 (26.0%), Sierer 374 (53.3%), Powers 98 (14.0%), Morehead 17, DelCollo 21, Vento 6, Harland 3==701 total
District 6–Roe 74 (19.4%), Sierer 237 (62.2%), Powers 39 (10.2%), Morehead 17, DelCollo 11, Vento 2, Harland 1==381 total
A total of 3,695 people voted, equating to an approximate turnout of 24 percent..
Special thanks to Esra Temko of the ADA for providing the details by district, since they were not posted publicly…..
For the first time I now understand why they have run-off elections in a multiple field elections. One can deviate from true representation by enticing other candidates to run to siphon strength from a major candidate… Lots of unaccounted money would certainly allow that more easily. Who wouldn’t take the fun and run if someone else were paying their bills?
I am just as guilty of this as is every one else.
A single issue polarized this election for outsiders. A huge power plant, which will dominate the skyline from Academy Avenue southwest to Chestnut Hill.
However there are other factors not being taken into consideration. The 115 margin is disheartening to many of those outside Newark who will be soon breathing toxic air. But it is a miracle that it was even that close when one considers the dynamics of a small town mayoral race.
The first factor left out of every discussion so far up till now, is that the incumbent was considered by most Newarkeans to be the best mayor they have ever had. Both business interests and residents have commented in private, that Vance Funk “got it” . He understood how things worked together, development and quality of life, and rode the magic line right down the middle. In truth, the Newark of today is almost unrecognizable from the Newark of the early 2000′s… Now when one says Main Street of Newark, one has to ask… which one?
A lot of the magic that is Newark is due to Vance Funk. So when someone of such stature endorses his pick as someone who will carry the same theme forward, it carries a lot of weight. Many votes for Polly are votes of thanks to Vance. “He’s a good guy, so if he picked her, she must be alright too” was a sentiment heard across the streets of Newark the past two months…
Against this, two great candidates, Amy Roe and Rebecca Powers, would probably not have done as well had they not had the thermal of the power plant issue burning underneath them…. From Amy’s personal biography one has to wonder if she would have ever run, had this not become an issue requiring someone of her stature to step up… I’ll let Ezra speak for Rebecca.
In point, if one lives in Newark, this race was not only about a power plant. It was about people you know; it was about how you feel about the town; it was about who should lead the town in the future on all issues, not just the town’s approval of a power plant…..
And the people spoke. And it was close. Whether the power plant goes in, or another controversy rises up to stop it, (a severe economic crash for example)… the people will have to live with their choice for a long time.
I think it should be noted, that Amy Roe handled herself in the spotlight rather well, and in the future, all this effort will undoubtedly lead to a greater good.
And, just in case no one heard Allan Loudell’s observation on WDEL, all the top three vote getters were women…. How nice is that?
One of the sad things one realizes as one gets older is that all the crap one accepted as being the way the world worked, could have been changed. It wasn’t the way the world worked… It was the way those benefiting from that arrangement, wanted the world to work.
One of the worst realizations about life, is that when one reaches this level of wisdom, one is already depleted of energy and doesn’t possess enough force to fight for it…..
Our world is made up of forces constantly fighting each other. The way things are, is the way the stronger forces keep it… If the forces that were weak, ever bonded together to overcome the force that dominates… things change…, As a metaphor it is very similar to how our world will reverse polarities very soon (if it hasn’t already)….
In other words, the 60′s revolt against the draft…. would never have happened unless people revolted against the draft. The fight to protect the environment, would never have happened if people didn’t fight to protect the environment…..
I was reminded of this, listening to Sam Latham on WDEL’s Rick Jensen show while talking to John Flaherty who was filling in for Rick. Sam represents the AFL-CIO and his role is to promote jobs in Delaware… That is his role, and he fills it well…
Some listeners may have heard that 50% of Delaware’s building trades union workers are out of work.. That is a lot. One would certainly feel for them and would like to help them get work if one could… We all live in fear of suddenly losing our job, and at our backs we here the words, “what if it was you” and naturally want to do what we can to help a brother out…
While enunciating emphatically, Sam said… “He cared only about jobs, Not clean water, not clean air, but jobs.” He was making a point. Later he said.. ” Of course I care about those two; just not now; Now we need jobs.”….
If it helps Sam, it is a good thing he spoke that way. His job is to drum up jobs, and his cadre is shrinking as each day passes. High paying jobs get termed; low paying jobs get hired….
The point of this election however, is not jobs in Delaware. It is not energy in Delaware. It is not about getting rid of shysters hiding in political closets, who pretend not to recognize themselves on literature supporting them, but supposedly done by an independent organization….
Nor is it about poisons raining down on you. Nor is it about sucking White Clay Creek dry in the summer time. Nor is it about a loud clanging, louder than your morning alarm, that goes on 24/7 and never (it’s in their contract), stops.. Never. Stops.
This election is not about any of those… It is about something far more important… Much more than all of that….
It is about … you…
Let me define. You need to vote for what will make your life better… Because you are you… I know it sounds simple, but it is rather profound, so work with me here.
- If your life would be better by having one of these jobs, you need to vote for Polly. Your life will be better.
- If your life would be better by having this deal go through, as would be that of the heads of the University, you need to vote for Polly.
- If you live would be better by having this deal go through, as would be that of any in the building trades, or contractors, you need to vote for Polly….
Too obvious you say? But, …
If your life would be better by not having 24/7 clanging louder than your alarm, you need to vote for Amy Roe.
- If your life would be better by not having cancer in 10 years, (true average exposure time around power plants), you need to vote for Amy Roe.
- If your life would be better by having beautiful White Clay Creek still flowing and not diverted to the power plant in summer, you need to vote for Amy Roe.
- If your life would be better by having less deep earth elements on your car, patio furniture, pets, and lawn, you need to vote for Amy Roe.
- If your live would be better by having another employer in that spot on the STAR campus, instead of an industrial plant which will chase away more sophisticated new high quality jobs than it could attract, you need to vote for Amy Roe.
In other words there is a myriad of people with a myriad of interests out there… All of them mean something to each person… If I value jobs more than anything, I can’t really fault you for valuing your health over anything… And vice versa… You don’t know me and if I value putting jobs before environmental concerns, then I have a history for wanting to do so… I’m certainly not stupid, and neither is Sam Latham. Nor is Amy Roe…
(I’m not yet convinced that doesn’t apply to Polly Seirer or Vance Funk considering how easily they got played …. or caught…. )
But other than those two possibilities :) , people for the most part, are not stupid. Everyone votes on the concerns they have for their own lives….
So how does one determine which is right and which is wrong? Pretty much by the numbers… We count the votes and say … “it appears that those who care enough to vote, want this town to go in this direction….” If the town goes in that direction, there WILL be a minority that does not agree…. But there WILL be an even bigger majority who thinks going there is the correct direction, and since more feel that way than don’t, … that is the way we should go….
Yes. This is too simple. Yet it is very profound…. For across the study of history, whenever a majority of citizens wants to go towards a certain way, the profundity is that it usually works out for the best. Not always, (Prohibition) but history always tends to work better, when things are decided by a majority… In my past, when I found myself on the losing side, I still could see the gains in other arenas, that happen because of the vote… True, they don’t happen according to my priorities, but they still happen nevertheless…. and the good that was promised by the other side, came about.
Which brings us to the center. How we convince those deciders is the prime issue. If one side, then another side makes their passionate arguments, it is done to try to convince the merits of their presentations to those voting … Then those voters vote…..
That is why too much money, is an attempt to obfuscate the balance that this discourse provides. If one gains a monopoly on the argument by buying out the media, by putting only one side’s ideas into people’s minds, one is damaging the brand called democracy. One is trying to grab power, to make outcomes based on trickery, untruths, and lies. Lies are very ineffective if allowed the opportunity to be proven wrong. In fact, if lying is ever proven beyond a doubt,… it usually backfires upon the liar. All then side with the victim about whom the lie was told…
But if one hears only one side because of a monopoly on the media… bad decisions get made…. Even though that lie can make rational sense in light of all arguments presented, without it’s opposing view getting air, it can never get BUSTED!
When one tries to create a monopoly on the conversation, one violates the good decision making process our elections provide… When one wants to win so bad, enabling themselves to put their decisions in effect without having the necessary vetting required, there is a very high probability that the decision made, will turn out to be rather costly…
If it was good, it would have been voted on by the electorate anyway…
So… are “one, two, or even three new jobs” to one, two, or even three Delawareans worth your death 40 years earlier than otherwise? Could be… or … could not be… But you need to decide that, and no one else.
That is why this trickery performed in order to influence the election of Newark’s mayor, is so troubling….
- One more reason to vote for Amy Roe.
It used to cost 40 pieces of silver. Now it costs $45,000 dollars.
Apparently there was a giant rally at the Chrysler Plant in support of the power plant. A quick check of car plates (and bumper stickers) showed that Union members from Philly, New Jersey, Maryland were there. Surprisingly, none identifiable from Delaware were there. The surprisingly few Delaware plates that were there, all were black, and stuck on the back of $70,000 cars or trucks…
It appeared to be an attempt to show Newark that lots of people still support putting in the largest power boiler in the state right next (only 20 Wal*Mart aisles or 200 feet) to houses with kids and dogs and cats playing in the yard….
But none of this crowd came to all the public sessions. All those were 20 to 1 against installing the power plant.
So vans of strange people who talked funny were roaming Newark neighborhoods last Saturday and Sunday. They put on two door hangers... One in support of the power plant. One in support of Polly Sierer, candidate for mayor.
Polly Sierer denies she knows who is doing it… “I wish they’d stop she says…” Well, one person whose name is on the pamphlets, is Mike Mullens. The pamphlet says for further information, contact the Delaware Department of Elections. A lot of people did.
The Department of Elections said…”we know nothing of this. Nothing at all”… Most politicos just shrugged and said, “well they got us; they filed under the window of the 8 day reporting, so we will have to wait for the year’s end filing to see who was putting up all this money… It has to be a lot of money.
Very late Sunday night,last night, someone actually looked up the code and discovered that Bob Gilligan changed it last year. And it was signed by Jack Markell. After my memory was jogged, I can now remember El Sonambulo discussing it on Al Mascitti’s show… They have 24 hours to contact the Department of Elections upon either spending or receiving money.
They scrambled all night and most of the day, trying to create a political action committee, get officers in line, get everyone’s story straight, and then file with the Elections Office… There is nothing still on the websites. The election is today….
Finally just before closing yesterday, around 4:46 pm, those who emailed request, begin to get their answers….
The PAC is worth $45,000! Prior to this notice, Polly’s 8 day report shows the total expenditures at around $5,000.… The PAC IS SPENDING 9 TIMES THE AMOUNT OF ANY CANDIDATE TO THROW THE ELECTION….. It may be throwing it your way if you are a Polly supporter; it is throwing it against you if you are not….
Polly still says she has no idea. The man she is pictured with on the PAC’s piece of literature, former Mayor Vince Funk, also says he has no idea of who is running the PAC that features him on the front page…
Here is what the Department of Elections told us….
Among its founding board members is Andrew Lubin, University of Delaware’s real estate director, who is responsible for the development of the STAR Campus….
It is safe to assume, that the University of Delaware is probably putting in $45,000 dollars to swing Newark’s election, in order to get the go ahead from Newark to build the largest gas boiler in Delaware…. nine times the amount any other candidate can raise….
The University of Delaware put up the money, and for cover, had the Delaware and New Castle Chambers of Commerce, the 100 Club, the Delaware Contractors Association, the Home Builder’s Association, Delaware Realitors Association, and a dummy corporation called DEED, for Delawareans for Environmental and Economic Development… a shill sounding name and website if I’ve ever knew one…. It had all these companies pile on…
Why not, to them it was free.
But they all got caught because of Gilligan’s law…
The question is, Newark… what are you going to do about it? Stand there and take it, let the University buy your vote as if you don’t matter, without you even considering any of the alternative?
Or……. you can set them back by voting for Amy Roe…. She is not for sale… nor is she someone who can be pushed around or bullied, she will have your backs…
I happen to think it is a pretty easy choice, but the beauty of democracy is that each one of you gets to decide… Your decision sets in stone a power plant for 75 years… Good luck Newark… As of 7am this morning, everything is riding on you…..
A. White pick-up trucks roaming Newark Neighborhoods with confirmed out-of-staters putting up two door hangers: One for the power plant; one for Polly.
B. Candidates being mailed directions to vote in all the “wrong” polling places… sent courtesy of Polly’s campaign. (Correct polling places can be found here….)
C. Polly is officially listed as undecided on the power plant, but her campaign workers flatly tell constituents that she is the only one who supports it so they had better vote for her….
D. Polly tells News Journal that she has no connection to “The I Like Polly Plan” being distributed to Newark Homes….
E. Polly Sierer told News Journal she doesn’t know who is behind the group’s website or its publications, which were “done without my knowledge, approval or involvement.”
F. The website and mailers feature photos of a smiling Sierer with former Newark Mayor Vance A. Funk III (Funk has endorsed Sierer).
G. ” I Like Polly’s Plan” has filed no campaign-finance reports as is required by Bob Gilligan’s HB300 signed last year by Governor Markell.
H. Despite her ardent denials, Polly Sierer appears to know Mike Mullen whose address, 704 Cambridge Drive, who is the contact person is listed on the mailer.
I. The above Mike Mullen also has donated to Polly’s campaign AND was listed as a host for her fundraiser
J. Perhaps illegally, Mike Mullen IS not listed on any of Polly’s Filed Campaign reports..
K. Despite Polly’s public denials, the twin pieces of literature are from the same print shop (in Ohio) and printed at the same time. (Check finance reports, for two separate checks or one, to see if a lie is being told to all Newark voters.)…
Nancy has all the evidence in twenty seven eight-by-ten color glossy photographs with circles and arrows and a paragraph on the back of each one explaining what each one is to be used as evidence..
Well done, Nancy…
Polly got her cracker. Now did she hire anyone to sweep up the crumbs?
Someone is worried about the Newark mayor’s race. Nancy’s evidence shows that financing for Polly Sierer’s campaign is coming out of One Commerce Center, 1201 Orange Street in Wilmington. This building is the home to over a 100, 000 shadow corporations.
Here is what Nancy has:
The address listed on the Polly Sierer mailer is the Cambridge Drive, home of Mike Mullen. It says to visit elections.delaware.gov for more information on “I Like Polly’s Plan.” The Department of Elections says a PAC was just created but has not yet filed any reports so we will not know until the end of year report who is financing this effort. The PAC had the minimal information legally required, which was the treasurer’s name and contact information. The treasurer is Mike Mullen and his cell was listed – 392-893-7832. I have tried calling but it does not ring and simply says “The person you are trying to reach is not accepting calls at this time. Please try your call again later.”
Here is the location of that area code…..
Two islands in the middle of the Pacific Ocean 5000 miles East of Australia…. (it is probably a default; there is no area code for 392 other sources state.) It appears this number is off a spoofer, one of those machines that can fake a number. Here are a list of random complaints made over that area code….
We now have a violation of election law. The deliberate misleading of who is sponsoring a candidate is not allowed. A known illegal phone number was given to the Department of Elections for the treasurer of a small municipal mayoral election…. It is not a mistake. It was provided by a spoofer. It was purposefully hidden.
What happens now.
The Superior Court has jurisdiction over Election Law. All entreaties must go through the Attorney General. Due to the timeliness of the election, “(a) The Attorney General shall immediately prosecute to final judgment all complaints which may be made of a violation of this title.
Furthermore, a complaint can be further made to the Elections Office on Monday, and the complainer require them to notify the Attorney General of this violation. (b) Each department of election and all election officers shall notify the Attorney General of all violations of this title.
Election filings are considered perjury if misfiled. There is no mistake that his was intentional…..
But that is really an offshoot. What is important for Newark is that a giant corporation, with over hundreds of billions in assets, is using surreptitious means to overthrow Newark’s elections for one reason. To approve the largest gas burner in the state of Delaware which will be only 200 feet from resident’s homes. And use the umbrella of providing jobs … to do it.
Would they be doing this if this was really a good plan? Or would they be doing this because time is running out, and the threads are being followed, and soon the truth will show?
Gas burners shower their surrounding ten miles with elements normally kept miles underground. Radon is one. Radon detectors in everyones home will now go off non stop. Lead is another. Imagine a micron depth of lead over your cars, you lawn furniture, your pets, every morning you wake up. Uranium is a third.
There are very good reasons the investors of the largest gas burner in Delaware, which will run 24/7, do not want you to know this. Likewise, there are very good reasons corporations choose to register in Delaware, where no one can find their owners and hold them accountable…..
But at best it comes to character… Who in the hell hires a treasurer they don’t know, who has a phone number showing up in the middle of the Pacific Ocean? Ostensibly so as not to answer questions? So as not to be accountable? So as not to be up front?
A patsy. A pawn. A slave to someone else’s interests… That is who. Seriously. If YOU were running, and YOU are the one who fills out the application form to run, YOU are the one who puts down your treasurer, YOU are the one who types in their phone number in the slot that says after treasurer …. Phone Number…. and YOU didn’t know it was a fake, or you knew and agreed with it, wouldn’t YOUR character be suspect?
Newark. You are so lucky. Consider yourself warned just in the nick of time. Regardless of how you feel about the Power Plant, and now that evidence is rushing in on how damaging it will be you should be concerned, just on character alone, is reason not to “Vote For Polly.” Character alone. Doesn’t Newark deserve better?
Why is Polly’s Treasurer’s number a fake area code?
The answer is in One Commerce Center, 1201 N. Orange Street, Wilmington, Delaware, 19801…….
So vote: Shall it be Wall Street? or Main Street, that is… both the East and West versions of Newark’s Main Street….. And if by chance you are wondering who is squeaky clean and willing to represent all of Newark, and won’t be cowed, intimidated or bought out by the persuasive giants of Wall Street? You should already know it is Amy Roe… She has stood up to them many times. I think that now, at least till this data center passes, someone who is pro-business-as-long-as-it-does-not-kill-residents in its process, is what Newark should have. Actually for now, it kinda appears what Newark really needs.
Unless later, whenever you have a complaint with the city, you want to call the Pacific Ocean….. “Ariel, Ariel… is that you?”