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.
Two years since his Inauguration as Delaware's 74th Governor, here's how Governor Carney is working for Delawareans.
Featured News from Governor Carney
Fighting for Good-Paying Jobs
Governor John Carney, the Diamond State Port Corporation, and GT USA Wilmington, LLC finalized an agreement that will significantly expand the Port of Wilmington, create jobs, and lead to as much as $600 million of new investment at one of Delaware’s most important industrial sites.
Investing in High-Needs Schools
Governor Carney and legislators created the High Needs Educator Student Loan Payment Program, offering up to $10,000 in student loan relief for educators in high-needs schools and subject areas.
Confronting Delaware’s Addiction Crisis
In September, Governor Carney joined Lt. Governor Hall-Long, members of the Behavioral Health Consortium, first responders, and advocates to enact a package of legislation aimed at fighting Delaware’s addiction epidemic and saving lives. The package included legislation creating the nation’s first Overdose System of Care.
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.
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.
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.
Signed the Angel Investor Job Creation and Innovation Act, establishing a refundable tax credit for qualified investors in Delaware small businesses to spur job creation and innovation.
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
Nearly two years since Governor Carney took office, state government is working for Delawareans. Governor Carney and his team have:
STRENGTHENING DELAWARE'S ECONOMY
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.
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
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.
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
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.
, 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
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.
BUILDING STRONG COMMUNITIES
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.
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.
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.
Expanding the Port of Wilmington
Aiden's Law Signing Ceremony
Student Loan Relief for Educators in High-Needs Areas
Governor Carney on Infrastructure & the Economy
Governor Carney: No Drilling off Delaware's coast
Governor Carney's Remarks on the Launching of SportsPick
Governor Carney: Working Together
Angel Investor Job Creation & Innovation Act
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