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, Cape Gazette NEWS FRIDAY, JANUARY 22- MONDAY, JANUARY 25, 2010 19 i: I I Smaller government, less red tape key to recovery helped nearly 40 businesses, ex- ments to job growth," he said. the governor reminded casino into Sussex County during this Governor's speech focuses on jobs By Kevin Spence kspence@capegazette.c)m In his annual state of the state address, Gov. Jack MarkeU said he envisions restoring the state's promise and prosperity. "While Delaware has weath- ered more difficult challenges, this was and still is a time to try our souls," he said. "Navigating through any storm requires un- wavering focus, clear purpose and bold action," he said. Markell addressed the General Assembly Thursday, Jan. 21, say- ing jobs - retaining them and drawing them to Delaware - and overcoming budget deficits - is the key to economic recovery in his second address since being elected to office in 2008. He said a universal recycling program and making state build- ings more energy efficient are two programs that would create jobs. MarkeU also said the state's low-interest loan program for small businesses has already panding jobs in the private see- tor. "We are eliminating without layoffs, more than 1,000 of the 15,000 positions in state govern- ment. To ensure effective opera- tions with fewer state workers, I will propose the consolidation of a number of divisions, boards and commissions," he said. He thanked state employees, who took pay cuts last year, and said, because of tough decisions made by lawmakers, the state kept its AAA bond rating that saves taxpayers money through lower interest rates. It also makes the state more competi- tive as Delaware competes against states that are worse off financially. He also pointed to Delaware Department of Transportation and Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environ- mental Control, two state agen- cies that are reforming'their per- miring processes to respond to permit applications in 60 days. "To restore promise and pros- perity, it isn't enough to provide greater incentives to create jobs. We will also remove impedi- Healthcare costs for aging Delaware inmates and the state's retirees are among the state's largest financial commitments. He said officials need to reexam- ine who's being held in prison and reduce health care benefits for future state workers. Markell is recommending $10 million in bond bill funding for the Port of Wilmington, the Northeast Corridor rail project and a Route 301 bypass - signifi- cant infrastructure projects he said will make the state more competitive. He's also asking for bond bill money to be set aside for high-tech laboratories and al- ternative energy research. In last year's address, Markell warned school districts to give up their fiefdoms to balance the budget. This year, to attract great teachers to the state, Markell said he would establish teacher residency programs and leader- ship preparation programs for principals. Absent from the governor's speech was any mention of ex- panded gambling or table games. In his last address, however, Findings Continued from page 18 ally proposed findings of fact, which are presented as part of the applicant's submissions to the public record. "The findings are not neces- sarily stating what the county be- lieves," he said. "They allow mo- tions to be stated in the affmna- five." He said if a council member votes yes on an application, find- ings could be used as reasons for the vote. "On the other hand, a no vote says they do not like the findings of fact," Moore said. He said planning an d zoning commissioners and county coun- cil members, with assistance from legal counsel, could write their own findings of fact, but that was not done for the L.T. As- sociates application. Moore said he would also make it clear in the future that the proposed findings of fact are from the applicant. Councilman George Cole, R-Ocean View, made that request at a recent meeting. "That's a legitimate re- quest that should be done," Moore said. New day Continued from page 18 celebrate that Sussex County government did the right thing, basing their decision on the facts of objective planning. Don't we have a right to take objective, professional planning for grant- ed; what we should expect from our tax dollars? But in Sussex, it makes news." owners that taxpayers are their partners. For House Majority Leader Rep. Pete Schwartzkopf, D-Re- hoboth Beach, harsh economic times and a $300 million budget shortfall should inspire Sussex lawmakers to support more raci- nos. 'Tin very excited about hearing the governor talk about jobs. The legislators in Sussex County have the opportunity to create up to 7,500 jobs, which can start immediately upon a signing by the governor," said Schwartzkopf, referring to the proposed MiUsboro racino proj- ect, Del Pointe Resort &Racino. "When you pump $550 million recession, it'll create job s over four years, This will help us get out of a recession. When some Sussex County lgislators realize how important to our county this is, they might have to get past casinos. For me, it's not about a casinos, but about jobs for the unemployed," he said. Markell said difficult choices Delaware faces would act as a catalyst to bring legislators to- gether. He said through a team effort, businesses and residents should share towing the tough load the state faces. "But, to be clear, government alone cannot change the world - only people can," he said. LIGHTNING KILLS!!! Let us you! 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