www.delawaresbadhabit.com is the name of State Senator Colin Bonini’s new website. It is refreshing that a part-time legislator, on his own, has put together such a thorough analysis of how the State got into the current financial mess. Senator Bonini has long been the key opposition voice in Dover pointing out the absurdities of Delaware’s government and school district spending.
Give his website a thorough look. If we truly want to make sure that Delaware’s economy turns around, then we must reduce the burden of State Government. As Senator Bonini points out, the State Government has grown “twice as fast as inflation” while spending $9,783.85 for every man, woman, and child in the State.
His solution consists of 5 points detailed on chart 22:
- Early Retirement Option/Hiring Freeze
- Transparency/Honesty in State Government Spending
- Suspend Prevailing Wage
- Constitutionally Limit State Spending
- Consolidate School District Services
This is a significant set of alternatives to Governor Markell’s “8% across-the-board, Ruth Ann Minner Revisited Plan”, which inordinately penalizes lower paid workers and doesn’t make any sustainable changes.
Congratulations to Senator Bonini for putting forth a fresh set of alternatives for discussion. That is what leadership is all about.