Great news, Monster Chicken Truck fans! The Senate unanimously passed SB 160(Venables), which will enable monster trucks stuffed to the, um, chicken wire with feathers and chicken poop to ride Delaware’s roads. To the tune of 97,200 pounds of wings, breasts, legs, thighs, giblets and all the rest. Including the truck, no doubt equipped with state-of-the-art features as we know those trucks surely are.
The House passed several non-controversial bills. Here is Tuesday’s Session Report. Gotta point out how far a few Rethugs will go to pander to those who want to stomp on the rights of manufactured community residents, though. Even when it’s just for show. HB 233(Baumbach) merely eliminates language from the Code that has been non-germane since 2006. This bill is so innocuous that even the residents’ mortal enemy Ruth Briggs King was on the bill as a co-sponsor. Let the record show, though, that four R’s want to avoid even the appearance of being reasonable. They are Debbie Hudson, Harvey Kenton, Dan Short and David Wilson. Hope they’re happy.
The agendas feature slim pickins’. Oops, looks like a glitch in the software. Went to click on the only item on today’s Senate Agenda, clicked on this link, and look what came up? The minimum wage bill. Well, the bill deals with educator evaluations. I’m not an education expert (John Young does coffee spit-take), but the bill is sponsored by Sen. Sokola and Rep. Scott, two of my favorite legislators, but apparently sworn enemies of some education experts. I’ll leave it to said experts to explain how this bill will further consign the youth of our state to the pits of Hell.
Couldn’t find much of interest on today’s House Agenda, either. HB 209(Jaques) “aligns the filing requirements for major and minor parties and harmonizes the deadlines for party affiliation changes.” I like the word ‘harmonizes’ in a bill synopsis. Can ‘euphonious’ be far behind? C’mon, Honorables, show some creativity. We’ve got another education bill sponsored by Scott and Sokola, but the co-sponsors listed suggest that they have, at least for once, abandoned their ‘consigning children to the pits of Hell’ ways.
Here we have yet another attempt to keep ‘work papers’ confidential. Looks like it’s headed for unanimous passage. Which is how it passed the Senate. In this case, we’re talking work papers of the Insurance Commissioner’s Office. I, for one, would have liked to have seen those papers. If, for no other reason, than to see if Karen Weldin Stewart can color between the lines. The referenced work papers deal with company examinations. Here’s the language:
…with respect to company examinations, clarifies that the Insurance Department’s analysis workpapers are confidential and are not subject to disclosure except as set forth in the statute.
I’m sure there’s justification in doing this. Proprietary information and all that. I’m almost equally sure that this language will enable officials to bury perhaps damning information that the public should really know. And won’t know until it’s too late.
I was heartened to see legislators expressing skepticism on a proposal to give $20 million this year to ease financial burdens on casinos. As Rep. Dennis E. Williams pointed out, the casinos will keep coming back year after year. Which raises the question, why should taxpayers bail out a wheeler dealer like Denis McGlynn for making bad business decisions:
Denis McGlynn, president and CEO of Dover Downs Gaming and Entertainment and Dover Motorsports Inc., said not receiving any money from the state would spell disaster for casinos, leading to potential layoffs, shutdowns of certain operations and a cutback on marketing.
Layoffs, loss of gaming options and a cutback in marketing ultimately would cost the state much more in lost revenue than what they would be shelling out in the current proposal, he said.
The casino’s bank loan expires on June 17, and the bank is watching the state’s decision, he said. If the bank loan is not renewed, McGlynn said they’d have to shop around with other banks, something that probably won’t work out in the casino’s favor given its finances, he said.
We gave McGlynn and his, wait for it, ilk, every break in the book. And now we’ve gotta bail his ass out because his loan is under water? Hey, Denis, how about moving some of your other assets around to cover this? The Delaware General Assembly should simply stop giving away money to these blackmailers. Which is what and who they are. We’re talking about some of the state’s primo real estate. I have every confidence that somebody can actually make real money in Dover and/or at the Delaware Park site. Let ‘em come in and try.