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Workers Comp Public Meeting

Posted By John Baker, Thursday, October 24, 2013

Hi All, 

DANA was present last evening representing the nonprofit sector at the Wilmington Public Meeting on Workers Compensation Insurance, hosted by the Delaware Department of Insurance. The program began with the Department’s Gene Reed giving opening remarks and introducing the Delaware Compensation Rating Bureau’s (DCRB) Tim Wisecarver who described the DCRB’s Filing No. 1305 requesting an average 40% increase in the Workers Compensation rates for 2014. This was followed by comments from the "Rate Payers Advocate” and their actuary (position created by the Governor’s Task Force and legislation this past June). This Advocate and their Actuary recommends an average 20% increase. This was followed by a presentation by the Delaware Department of Insurance’s Actuary who recommended an average increase of 20% as well. 

The program concluded with the Delaware Department of Insurance’s Gene Reed announcing that a Public Administrative Hearing will be announced on the Department’s website and will be presided over by the Hon. Judge Martin. The Judge will make a recommendation to the Insurance Commissioner, Karen Weldin Stewart, who will render a final decision on any rate adjustment. 

There will be an opportunity for the public to make statements at the Public Administrative Hearing and DANA will be there. 

Meanwhile, the Governor’s Task Force on Workers Compensation Insurance continues to meet to develop a course forward that is fiscally responsible and continues to support Delaware’s economic recovery.  

As always, if you have any questions please feel free to reach out to me.


Tags:  Governor  Insurance  public meeting  Public Policy  Task force  Wilmington  Workers Compensation 

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City of Wilmington Resolution for Moratorium on Nonprofit Group Homes

Posted By John Baker, Friday, April 19, 2013

As a matter of being a source of information to you, I'd like to give you an update on a matter that took place during last night's Wilmington City Council meeting.

A Wilmington City Resolution sponsored by Council-member Loretta Walsh, asking Governor Markell to initiate a moratorium on funding, by the State, of new nonprofit group homes passed the Wilmington City Council last night with a 8 to 2 vote. The resolution passed with one amendment changing a call for a "one year moratorium” to "six months.” The resolution asks that during this period of time, a committee be formed to work through challenges that residents and the city identified at a public meeting in early March. The March meeting focused on community services and nonprofits in West Center City.

Concerns were raised by councilmembers about running afoul of fair housing laws and possible law suits, like the recent one in Sussex County. In that instance, the county did not approve a builder for a low income housing project. The result was a law suit that awarded the plaintiff monetary compensation. Wilmington City Council doesn’t believe that this call to the Governor for a "time-out,” as they called it, would place the city at legal risk of running afoul of federal, or any other laws.

The resolution will now be communicated to Governor Markell for him to take action on it. In talking with a Delaware Department of Health and Social Services representative, I found out they are actively working on this matter and do not expect the Governor to approve a moratorium on funding for new nonprofit group homes.

A Wilmington City meeting to examine concerns of residents and nonprofits will be convened in the next couple of weeks. Contact Council-member Loretta Walsh’s office for more details, or if you are interested in serving on or attending the meetings: 302.576.2140

As always, please reach out to me with any questions or comments.


Tags:  Group Homes  Nonprofits  resolution  Wilmington 

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Fees, taxes, and PILOTs in the City of Wilmington

Posted By John Baker, Monday, April 8, 2013

This morning, DANA CEO Chris Grundner and I met with Wilmington Mayor Williams’ Chief Strategy Advisor Velda Jones-Potter, and Chief of Staff John Matlusky. We requested the meeting as part of DANA’s Public Policy Agenda. We went there to voice our concerns about the city possibly imposing fees, taxes, or PILOTs (Payments In Lieu of Taxes) on nonprofits. Such fees have been mentioned by the Mayor as a source of revenue in Wilmington. Our position on the matter remains that we are against the imposition of fees, taxes, or PILOTs being imposed on nonprofits.

We have seen the topic of fees on nonprofits come up in years past, and they have been successfully defeated. DANA is closely watching as PILOTs are being considered in other cities around the nation, as all municipalities struggle through the current challenging economic conditions. The City of Wilmington and Delaware nonprofits alike are struggling with the same challenging economic conditions, as nonprofits aim to meet the demands of the increasing numbers of clients in need.

By maintaining an ongoing engagement with the mayor’s office, we anticipate a successful outcome from this current round of discussions regarding fees, taxes, and PILOTs. Wilmington’s Mayor Williams and his staff understand the value of the nonprofit sector and recognize us as key partners in city services. They understand that any imposition of fees will only limit our ability to address the needs of Wilmingtonians.

Chris and I left the meeting this morning with a secure understanding that there will be no fees, taxes, or PILOTs in the proposed budget for 2013 through 2014, and that Wilmington has no plan to move forward with any such imposition without thoroughly engaging Wilmington nonprofits in the discussion. In coordination with the mayor’s office, DANA will be forming a representative working-group of nonprofit leaders to meet with the mayor, his staff, and City Council representatives in the coming summer months. The focus of this group will be to gain a thorough understanding of the sector, and an aligned course going forward.

I will keep you posted with any developments. In the meantime, I may reach out to some of you to serve as representatives of the sector within this new working-group.

Thanks for reading! As always, feel free to reach out to me with any questions or comments.


Tags:  fees  Mayor Williams  nonprofits  PILOTs  Public Policy  taxes  Wilmington 

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