Governor Carney took office on January 17, 2017 focused on making Delaware's economy more competitive, preparing Delaware's children to succeed, and building a long-term, sustainable financial plan.
Working with Delawareans across the state, and with members of the General Assembly, he has delivered on each of those priorities.
Governor Carney has directed new resources to high-needs schools, partnered with the private sector to drive new job creation, and taken steps to lower healthcare costs for Delaware families, businesses, and taxpayers.
One year since his Inauguration as Delaware's 74th Governor, here's how Governor Carney is working for Delawareans.
Featured News from Governor Carney
Investing in High-Needs Schools
Governor Carney has partnered to deliver new resources into high-needs schools, stocking basic needs closets statewide, and launching an Opportunity Grants program to support low-income students, English language learners, and Delaware students with special needs.
Fighting for Good-Paying Jobs
Governor Carney worked with the General Assembly to partner with the private sector to drive job creation, and signed the first major reforms to the Coastal Zone Act, clearing the way for additional development and cleanup of legacy industrial sites.
Confronting Addiction in Delaware
Governor Carney signed major reforms to expand access to substance abuse treatment, strengthen oversight of opioid prescriptions, and coordinate Delaware's response to the addiction crisis.
Action Plan for Delaware — Our Progress
Restructured Delaware's economic development efforts, partnering strategically with the private sector to attract business and jobs to Delaware.
Created the Opportunity Grants program to offer new resources and support for low-income students, English language learners, and students with special needs.
Signed the first major reforms to the Coastal Zone Act, clearing the way for additional redevelopment and cleanup of legacy industrial sites.
Strengthened protections for Delawareans whose personal information is threatened by breaches of cyber security.
Redirected new resources to support small businesses and entrepreneurs through a new small business office within the Department of State.
Signed into law a package of legislation that expanded access to substance abuse treatment, and strengthened oversight of opioid prescriptions.
Initiatives — Governor Carney's Priorities
One year since Governor Carney took office, state government is working for Delawareans. Governor Carney and his team have:
STRENGTHENING DELAWARE'S ECONOMY
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.
Partnered with DuPont and the University of Delaware to open the Delaware Innovation Space
, a major business incubator and research institute at the Experimental Station.
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.
BETTER SCHOOLS FOR ALL DELAWARE CHILDREN
Created the Opportunity Grants program
to offer new resources and support for low-income students, English language learners, and students with special needs.
Launched a Basic Needs Closet
initiative to stock 45 high-poverty schools with basic necessities such as clean clothing, school supplies, hygiene products, and winter clothing.
Restructured the Department of Education as a support agency, decreasing administrative positions while increasing supports for educators.
Partnered with school districts to upgrade broadband technology in 48 schools across the state, doubling bandwidth capacity and expanding access to high-speed internet for 27,000 Delaware children.
A HEALTHIER DELAWARE
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.
, 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
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.
BUILDING STRONG COMMUNITIES
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.
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.
to support relief efforts in Puerto Rico and other areas affected by natural disasters.
Governor's 2018 State of the State Address
Fiscal Year 2019 Budget Presentation
Governor Carney's Facebook Town Hall: Infrastructure
Governor Carney's Facebook Town Hall: Better Schools for All
Governor Carney Facebook Live Town Hall on "A Healthier Delaware"
Governor Carney Facebook Live Town Hall on "A Stronger Economy"
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