Governor Carney’s Opportunity Funding Initiative provides $75 million over three years for targeted resources toward Delaware’s most disadvantaged students. This investment includes $15 million for mental health and reading supports for high-needs Delaware schools.
Governor Carney supported and signed legislation that increased the age to purchase tobacco and vape products from 18 to 21 to prevent younger Delawareans from smoking, improve the health of young Delawareans, and reduce health care costs.
Implemented Delaware One Stop, an online tool to streamline registration and licensing requirements.
Signed legislation allowing state government to enter into Pay for Success contracts that will incentivize private funding of economic development and social impact initiatives. Under terms of the contracts, the state would protect taxpayer dollars by reimbursing private funding only if the initiatives reach stated goals, and achieve progress for Delawareans.
Signed legislation aimed at protecting Delaware's coastal waters and economy from offshore drilling.
Launched Delaware’s Opportunity Zones program, targeted at revitalizing economically-distressed communities by providing tax benefits to investors. The Division of Small Business’ new interactive Opportunity Zones website serves as a portal to the program for those looking to invest.
Restructured Delaware's economic development efforts, partnering strategically with the private sector to attract business and jobs to Delaware.
Signed the first major reforms to the Coastal Zone Act, clearing the way for additional redevelopment and cleanup of legacy industrial sites.
Redirected new resources to support small businesses and entrepreneurs through a new small business office within the Department of State.
Signed legislation to enhance protections for Delawareans whose personal information is affected by a breach of cybersecurity, providing the first update in Delaware law in more than a decade to address advances in cyber threats.
Signed legislation that prevents employers from requesting the salary history of job applicants and helps address a persistent pay gap between men and women.
Enhance the Opportunity Funding Initiative and worked with the General Assembly to provide $75 million over three years for English learners, low-income students, and new mental health supports in schools.
Worked with schools statewide to enhance internet speeds in the classroom, and make Delaware a national leader in classroom broadband speeds and connectivity, according to a 2018 State of the States report. The State of Delaware is recognized for 100 percent school connectivity.
Launched “Keep DE Litter Free,” a statewide public awareness campaign to encourage Delawareans and visitors not to litter, to help clean up outdoor spaces, and protect Delaware’s unique natural heritage.
Enacted “Aiden’s Law,” which will ensure a coordinated plan of care for infants born addicted or exposed to drugs, and for their families.
Launched START initiative to engage more Delawareans suffering from substance use disorder in treatment, while also meeting their needs for housing, employment, education and other wraparound services.
Launched healthcare benchmark initiative to lower healthcare costs for Delaware families, businesses, and state government.
Signed legislation allowing the sale of naloxone, which can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose, at pharmacies without an individual prescription.
Signed into law a package of legislation that expanded access to substance abuse treatment, and strengthened oversight of opioid prescriptions.
Created Behavioral Health Consortium and Addiction Action Committee to more effectively coordinate mental health and addiction services statewide.
Launched HelpIsHereDE.com, Delaware's one-stop website for information and services related to addiction prevention, treatment and recovery for the community, those struggling with addiction, and medical providers.
INVESTING IN PUBLIC SAFETY
Supported legislation that makes it easier for offenders re-entering our communities to find meaningful employment.
Signed legislation requiring gun owners to safely store firearms around children.
Joined the States for Gun Safety Coalition, a multi-state bipartisan partnership to more effectively share data across state borders, intercept the flow of illegal weapons, and engage research institutions to explore new ways to confront gun violence.
Announced an agreement to increase salaries for Delaware's correctional officers and study additional changes to help recruit and retain officers, and decrease the use of mandatory overtime across Delaware's correctional system.
Appointed a Special Assistant at the Department of Correction to oversee implementation of reforms recommended by the Independent Review into conditions at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center.
Appointed a new Bureau Chief to lead DOC's efforts to help offenders successfully re-enter their communities, and reduce Delaware's rate of recidivism.
Opted-in to federal FirstNet plan to build a wireless broadband network intended to improve communications for first responders across the State of Delaware.
Joined the National Criminal Justice Reform Project – an initiative led by the National Governors Association and the National Criminal Justice Association Center for Justice Planning to assist states in implementing evidence-based criminal justice reforms.
Expanded the Downtown Development District (DDD) program to include Delaware City, Middletown, New Castle, and Clayton as new DDD districts to drive private investment in additional towns and cities. In the original eight districts — Dover, Georgetown, Harrington, Laurel, Milford, Seaford, Smyrna and Wilmington — $31.6 million in DDD rebates has leveraged $597 million in private investment in those designated downtown districts.
Authorized $3 million in additional funding to strengthen local efforts in the fight against blight with the Strong Neighborhoods Housing Fund.
Launched the Home4Good program and leveraged $1.2 million to bring additional resources to Delaware to serve those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. The program was launched in July 2018.
Launched the Statewide Emergency Repair Program, a one-stop source for low-income homeowners in need of emergency repairs. The program has helped 121 families so far with about $462,000 in repairs. SERP replaced a patchwork of local programs with a single point of contact statewide.
Strengthened local efforts in the fight against blight, with a $5.5 million investment in Delaware communities through the Strong Neighborhoods Housing Fund. The investment will lead to about 100 new or rehabilitated housing units statewide. The total Strong Neighborhoods projects will total about 181 units statewide, replacing vacant, foreclosed or abandoned properties with new homeowners.
Signed an Executive Order making Delaware a trauma-informed state. The Order provides direction for the Family Services Cabinet Council to help mitigate the impact of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and build resilience in children, adults and communities.
Launched Text-to-911 capabilities at all Delaware 911 centers to accept emergency requests for help through text message when a call to 911 is not possible.
Governor Carney signed legislation that allows new mothers and fathers in the state workforce to take up to 12 weeks of paid parental leave after the birth or adoption of their children, making Delaware a national leader on family leave.
Announced First Chance Delaware, an initiative led by First Lady Tracey Quillen Carney to recognize and facilitate effective partnerships, to share research and best practices, and to promote opportunities to collaborate in support of Delaware’s children.
Launched a pilot program to test mobile driver’s license technology, becoming one of first states to do so. The mobile licenses are designed to improve security and better protect personal privacy.
Created a Department of Human Resources within state government to spearhead women's advocacy, diversity and inclusion initiatives, and other issues important to state employees.
Hired Delaware's first Chief Diversity Officer to lead the state's efforts to define and cultivate equity, diversity, and inclusion throughout state government.
Signed legislation making comprehensive reforms to the state's unclaimed property laws to make them more predictable, efficient and fair.
Received top AAA bond ratings from all three major credit rating agencies, and saved taxpayers $4.7 million through debt refinancing.
Expanded access to open data, adding features and datasets to the Open Data Portal. The portal offers Delawareans unfiltered access to data collected and maintained by state government, including information about public spending, state land inventory, and air quality monitoring. Eleven additional datasets were made publicly available in the last year alone.
Deployed more than 100 Delaware National Guard soldiers, airmen and women to support relief efforts in Texas, the United States Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico.
Launched delaware.gov/relief to support relief efforts in Puerto Rico and other areas affected by natural disasters.