I hope you had a great Labor Day and enjoyed time with your family and friends.
The long weekend, besides serving as the unofficial "last call" for summer, gave us pause to honor the men and women who helped build our nation through hard work. It gave us a moment to reflect on our country's core values: responsibility, drive, resilience and faith that by working hard you can, and should, get ahead.
Thank you for the work you have done to keep Delaware moving forward.
Labor Day also reminded us that--while some of us face daily challenges and frustrations in our own jobs--there are Delawareans who face even greater challenges. Many of our family members, friends and neighbors are still searching for work.
Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, we turned into law bipartisan efforts to put people back to work and keep others working. Here are a few examples:
# Our Clean Energy Jobs package, which was designed to put more people to work in expanding industries such as wind and solar power.
# The innovative Business Finder's Fee Tax Credit or "BFF," which aims to turn employers into a sales force for the state by offering incentives for any new jobs they help bring here.
# The Delaware Historic Preservation Tax Credits extension, which gives new life to a program that has supported around 2,400 jobs rehabilitating historic buildings since 2001.
# Our bipartisan budget, which funds fewer state positions, while meeting increasing demands for education, health care and public safety and focusing resources on driving private-sector job creation.
As we look towards the fall, we have a lot of work ahead of us. Please know that we remain focused on how we can keep people employed, create new jobs and expand economic opportunity to move Delaware forward.
Please join us: we need great ideas from every corner of the state! Share your suggestions about how we can work together to create jobs, improve education and make government more efficient and effective at ideas.delaware.gov.