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State Sen. Pettyjohn Reacts to Markell's SOTS Address

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 DOVER -  State Senator Brian Pettyjohn gave his reaction to Delaware Governor Jack Markell's State Of The State address on Thursday in Dover.

The following is Pettyjohn's response:

"Gov. Jack Markell's speech was exactly what you might expect in a State of the State Address A positive spin on his accomplishments and vision. What it did NOT do was tell the whole story.

In his speech, the Governor said that there are more people working in Delaware now than at any time in our state's history. While that may be true, what he did NOT say, was that Delaware's working families are earning less today than they did when he took office, and that the state's revenue streams are – at best – stagnant.

"I would have liked to have heard an honest plan of how to turn Delaware's economy around and give Delawareans the opportunity, once again, to thrive with high-paying jobs and the certainty of employment for generations of our residents.

"It was also interesting to hear the governor ask all lawmakers for their ideas to help stimulate the economy. I appreciate the gesture and hope that this year he really does listen to Republican proposals on cutting red tape so that businesses can grow and prosper… bringing down the cost of energy, to put more money in the pockets of our residents and attract more businesses to the state… and implementing an honest prevailing wage in Delaware, so that more people can get high-paying work. 

"With an ever-increasing number of Republican members in both the House and Senate, we hope to be a larger part of the discussions that must take place in order for Delaware to truly recover from the great recession and reclaim our spot as one of the best states to live, raise a family, and have a successful future.  Thank you."

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