Written on: February 25th, 2011 in Recognizing State Employees
Last week, I was fortunate to have one more opportunity to visit Governor Russ Peterson at home. Even at age 94, he still had stories left to tell.
We flipped through Kevin Fleming’s most recent book of Delaware photography. We sat by the window and enjoyed the birds outside, listening as they said farewell to another winter. Russ’s appreciation for what makes Delaware special was as deep and as fresh as the day I first met him.
Our state mourns the passing of a true legend, and I mourn the passing of mentor and a friend. Russ Peterson lived the kind of life that leaves multiple legacies, each making a profound and positive difference. He changed policy, but more importantly, he changed people.
Russ gave us so much, and his accomplishments continue to give back to Delaware. I hope that we’ll let him give us this moment to look back at his life to see our state through his eyes, to be inspired by his passions, his conviction, and the difference that one man can make.
For more on Governor Peterson’s career, visit Delawareonline.com.
Written on: January 27th, 2011 in Effective & Efficient Government
Today, we released a difficult, but financially responsible, FY 2012 budget proposal. It makes clear our top priority is getting people back to work and expanding economic opportunity. It makes the most important investment in our future: building the strongest possible public schools now. It keeps our core commitments in areas like public safety, public health and environmental quality without the need for new taxes.
We look forward to your feedback and suggestions at ideas.delaware.gov.
Last week, I delivered the annual State of the State address, laying out new proposals and updates on efforts to tackle priority policy areas:
But the true “state of the state” is reflected by our neighbors who work together to help each other. Our state is far stronger than any challenges we face because we are working together to keep Delaware moving forward.
We need to look beyond our borders–and far beyond our traditional ways of doing business–to strengthen our competitiveness and create jobs at home.
Delaware is uniquely suited to be a gateway for international investors looking to put people to work in our country. Our responsive government, predictable legal environment, skilled workforce and convenient location can make the investment and incorporation processes much easier.
When international companies think about setting up manufacturing operations or incorporating in the United States, we want to make sure that they think of Delaware first.