Del. GOP Chairman criticizes Markell on Del. economy

While Governor Markell was expected to present an optimistic view of Delaware's job growth and
potential at a town hall forum at Cape Henlopen High School Thursday, the state's Republican Party Chairman Charlie Copeland says a closer look at the numbers would tell a different story.

He spoke to our sister station Delaware 105.9.

"We can go down the list and cherrypick this job coming in or that job coming in, but net, there are fewer people working in the state of Delaware today than when the governor took office and that is not the case in just about any other state in the nation," says Copeland.

Copeland says Delaware's rates for electricity are higher than many other states, prevailing wage
guidelines favor union demands, and those and other factors affect a company's willingness to locate or expand in Delaware.

He also finds recent projections from the Delaware Economic and Financial Advisory Council are discouraging.

"If we're looking at a budget deficit, you can't tell me that the economy is robust or that spending is under control," Copeland says.

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