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State Recovery Act Website: http://recovery.delaware.gov/

Delaware's state Recovery Act website scored 49 out of 100 possible points (ranking 21st) on Good Jobs First's updated 51-state study of state stimulus websites entitled Show Us the Stimulus (Again). The state earned points for breaking down stimulus allocations into broad and narrow categories, providing recipient jobs data, and using an interactive map to provide limited details on individual contracts and grants.

For detailed scoring information, see the Delaware appendix of Show Us the Stimulus (Again).

Coordination & Oversight

Lt. Gov. Matt Denn was chosen to be the state’s stimulus czar. He was elected lieutenant governor in 2008, pledging to be an advocate for Delaware's children. In 1998, after he had entered private legal practice, he was asked by then-Governor Tom Carper to chair a commission charged with fixing the state's child protection system after a series of tragic child deaths. From 2001 to 2003, Denn served as chief legal counsel to the governor.

According to Denn’s Weekly Stimulus Update on March 27, 2009, all state agency and state entity proposals for federal grants (including ARRA grants) must be reviewed and approved by the nine-member Delaware State Clearinghouse Committee before applications are filed. As part of the review process, state agencies must provide information to the committee on how money awarded will be spent and how many jobs may be retained or created. Committee meetings are open to the public. The committee draws its members from the General Assembly, the Joint Finance Committee, the Office of Management and Budget, the Controller General's office, the Department of Finance and the Delaware Economic Development Office.

The state scheduled “Suggestion Box Meetings” where the public can meet with the stimulus czar and submit possible stimulus project ideas as well as learn more about ARRA and the recovery.

Policy Debates

Lawmakers missed the June 30th budget deadline by a few hours, but were able to close a budget gap with tax and fee increases and the use of $155 million in stimulus funds.

Although the Office of Management and Budget pulled stimulus funding for beach replenishment projects from the Army Corps of Engineers projects list, two Delaware beach repair projects (Bethany and Dewey Beach) will go on as scheduled because money for these projects had already been approved through other Army Corps budget requests.

In March, State Rep. Deborah Hudson (R-Fairthorne) introduced House Joint Resolution 2, which would have required ARRA funds being spent by the state to be appropriated in the usual budgeting process if it had passed. Hudson said the Governor's executive order creating the stimulus solutions group omits the involvement of the Legislature and also criticized the state's recovery website because it contained little detail about $60 million in Medicaid funds already received by the state.

Last updated on: 27 January, 2010

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