DSCC's Heffron backs Port privatization proposal

By Frank Gerace 5:59pm, December 20, 2012 - Updated 6:20pm, December 20, 2012
Some opposition has surfaced to the Markell adminstration's idea of privatizing the state-owned Port of Wilmington, but a longtime observer of Delaware's political and business communities thinks it's the way to go.

Rich Heffron with the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce tells WDEL News privatizing all or part of the port is necessary to complete a project to build a pier and cargo-handling facilities on the Delaware River.

"The state doesn't have the money to do that project on their own, so they're gonna have to find a private partner. So, if you wanna compete, you wanna bring business in, you're gonna have to find a way to get that done."

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State Senator Robert Marshall, a Wilmington Democrat, has said the state shouldn't rush into privatization, and some County Council members are opposed to it, saying it would cost union workers their jobs.

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