EXPANDING ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL
Unemployment Down to 3.7%: The unemployment rate in Delaware has declined from 5% to 3.7% since 1993. 66,300 New Jobs: 66,300 new jobs have been created in Delaware since 1993 -- an average of 10,332 per year, compared to an average of just 775 jobs per year in the previous administration. 60,500 New Private Sector Jobs: Since 1993, 60,500 new private sector jobs have been created in Delaware-an average of 9,429 jobs per year, compared to an average of just 500 private sector jobs per year in the previous administration. 6,000 New Construction Jobs: 6,000 construction jobs have been created in Delaware since 1993 -- an average of 935 jobs per year. In contrast, an average of 850 construction jobs were lost each year during the previous administration. 17,000 Have Received a Raise: Approximately 10,000 Delaware workers benefited from an increase in the minimum wage-from $4.25 to $4.75 -- on October 1, 1996. They, along with about 7,000 more, received an additional raise-from $4.75 to $5.15 -- on September 1, 1997. Home Building Up 2.4%: Home building in Delaware has increased by an average of 2.4% per year since 1993, after falling over 11.1% per year during the previous administration. Business Failures Down 27.4% Per Year: Business failures in Delaware have dropped an average of 27.4% per year since 1993, after increasing 30.9% per year during the previous administration [Oct. 98 data]. A $500 Child Tax Credit to Help Families Raising Children: To help make it easier for families to raise their children, the balanced budget included a $500 per-child tax credit for children under 17. Thanks to President Clinton the balanced budget delivers a child tax credit to 77,000 families in Delaware. Over $25,000 of Reduced Federal Debt for Every Family of Four: The national debt will be $1.7 trillion lower in FY99 than projected in 1993 -- that's $25,000 less debt for each family of four in Delaware this year.
EXPANDING ACCESS TO EDUCATION
Over 2,000 Children in Head Start: Over 2,000 Delaware children were enrolled in Head Start in 1998. In FY99, Delaware will receive $9.2 million in Head Start funding, an increase of $3.9 million over 1993. More High-Quality Teachers With Smaller Classes for Delaware's Schools: Thanks to President Clinton, the final FY99 budget provides for the first year of the President's new initiative to hire 100,000 new, well-prepared teachers, to reduce class sizes in the early grades to a national average of 18. Delaware receives $5.6 million in 1999 to hire about 145 new public school teachers. And, under President Clinton's proposal, Delaware would receive $7 million in FY00 to support a total of 178 teachers. $1.7 Million in Goals 2000 Funding: This year [FY99], Delaware receives $1.7 million in Goals 2000 funding. This money is used to raise academic achievement by raising academic standards, increasing parental and community involvement in education, expanding the use of computers and technology in classrooms, and supporting high-quality teacher professional development. Over $2 Million for Technology Literacy: This year [FY99], Delaware receives over $2 million-doubling its funding over FY97 -- for the Technology Literacy Challenge Fund which helps communities and the private sector ensure that every student is equipped with the computer literacy skills needed for the 21st century. Connecting Delaware's Schools and Libraries to the Internet: The E-rate program is part of the Administration's effort to connect every classroom and library to the information superhighway, giving every child access to the resources and knowledge available online. This program helps schools and libraries by providing discounts of 20 to 90 percent on telecommunications services, internal connections and Internet access - with the largest discounts going to the poorest urban and rural schools. In the first year of funding alone, Delaware received over $1million in E-rate discounts. $19 Million for Students Most in Need: Delaware receives $19 million in Title I Grants (to Local Educational Agencies) providing extra help in the basics for students most in need, particularly communities and schools with high concentrations of children in low-income families [FY99]. This is an increase of $744,000 over FY98 funding. 6,500 Students Will Receive Pell Grants This Year: This year [FY00], Delaware will receive $11.3 million in Pell Grants for low-income students going to college, benefiting a total of 6,500 Delaware students. Expanded Work-Study To Help More Students Work Their Way Through College: The FY99 budget includes a significant expansion of the Federal Work Study program. Delaware will receive $1.5 million in Work-Study funding in 1999 to help Delaware students work their way through college. Nearly 400 Have Served in Delaware through AmeriCorps: Since the National Service program began in 1993, 379 AmeriCorps participants have earned money for college while working in Delaware's schools, hospitals, neighborhoods or parks. [through 11/98] Tuition Tax Credits in Balanced Budget Open the Doors of College and Promote Lifelong Learning: The balanced budget included both President Clinton's $1,500 HOPE Scholarship to help make the first two years of college as universal as a high school diploma and a Lifetime Learning Tax Credit for college juniors, seniors, graduate students and working Americans pursuing lifelong learning to upgrade their skills. This 20% tax credit will be applied to the first $5,000 of tuition and fees through 2002 and to the first $10,000 thereafter. 14,000 students in Delaware will receive a HOPE Scholarship tax credit of up to $1,500. 18,000 students in Delaware will receive the Lifetime Learning Tax Credit. [fully phased-in FY00 estimate] Expanded Job Training to Delaware's Dislocated Workers: Thanks to President Clinton, the FY99 budget includes a significant expansion in the dislocated worker program. Delaware will receive over $2 million in 1999 to help 1,210 of Delaware's dislocated workers get the training and reemployment services they need to return to work as quickly as possible.
FIGHTING CRIME AND VIOLENCE
416 More Police: The President's 1994 Crime Bill has funded 416 new police officers to date in communities across Delaware. [through 7/99] $1.5 Million to Combat Domestic Violence: Through the Violence Against Women Act, Delaware received $1.5 million in federal funds in FY98 to establish more women's shelters and bolster law enforcement, prosecution and victims' services. Reducing Crime with Drug Courts: Working to reduce drug-related crime in Delaware, the Clinton Administration has awarded a Drug Court grant to the community of Wilmington. Drug courts use the coercive power of the criminal justice system to combine drug testing, sanctions, supervision and treatment to push nonviolent, drug-abusing offenders to stop using drugs and committing crimes. $400,000 in Grants for Battered Women and Children: In FY98, Delaware received $400,000 in HHS's Family Violence Prevention Program grants to assist women and children fleeing domestic abuse. $2.2 Million to Keep Drugs & Violence Out of Delaware's Schools: Delaware has received $2.2 million in FY99 for the Safe & Drug Free Schools Program, which invests in school security and drug prevention programs.
MOVING DELAWARE RESIDENTS FROM WELFARE TO WORK
11,071 Fewer People on Welfare: Since 1993, there are 11,071 fewer people on welfare in Delaware-a 40% decrease. [through 3/99] Child Support Collections Up 63%: Child support collections have increased by $16 million-or 63% -- in Delaware since FY92. [through FY98] Encouraging Responsible Choices-Preventing Teen Pregnancy in Delaware: Since 1993, President Clinton and Vice President Gore have supported innovative and promising teen pregnancy prevention strategies, with significant components of the strategy becoming law in the 1996 Personal Responsibility Act. The law requires unmarried minor parents to stay in school and live at home or in a supervised setting; encourages "second chance homes" to provide teen parents with the skills and support they need; and provides $50 million a year in new funding for state abstinence education activities. Efforts are making a difference, adolescent pregnancy rates and teen abortion rates are declining. And between 1992 and 1997, teen birth rates declined 6% in Delaware. $4.1 Million for Delaware Welfare-to-Work: In 1998, Delaware received $2.8 million in Federal welfare-to-work state formula grants (the state matched $1.4 million in funding), helping Delaware welfare recipients get and keep jobs. Part of the President's comprehensive efforts to move recipients from welfare to work, this funding was included in the $3 billion welfare to work fund in the 1997 Balanced Budget Act. Helping People Get to Work: Through the Access to Jobs initiative, the Clinton-Gore Administration is working with communities across the country to design transportation solutions to help welfare recipients and other low-income workers get to and from work. Statewide, Delaware has received $738,688 this year to fund innovative transit projects.
INVESTING IN DELAWARE'S HEALTH
Health Care for Uninsured Children: The balanced budget included the largest single investment in health care for children since the passage of Medicaid in 1965 -- an unprecedented $24 billion over five years to cover as many as five million children throughout the nation. This investment guarantees the full range of benefits-from checkups to surgery -- that children need to grow up strong and healthy. It ensures that prescription drugs, vision, hearing, and mental health coverage now offered at the state level are extended to millions of uninsured children. To expand health coverage to more uninsured children in Delaware the balanced budget provided $8 million in 1998. This compares to the 1995 Republican plan vetoed by President Clinton that would have denied health care coverage to 1,700 children in Delaware. Helping Over 15,000 Delaware Women and Children with WIC: The Clinton Administration is committed to full funding in the Special Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC). In FY98, Delaware received $8.1 million in total WIC grant funding, helping 15,600 women, infants and children in need receive health and food assistance. More Toddlers Are Being Immunized: As a result of the President's 1993 Childhood Immunization Initiative, childhood immunization rates have reached an historic high. According to the CDC, by 1996, 90% or more of America's toddlers received the most critical doses of each of the routinely recommended vaccines-surpassing the President's 1993 goal. In Delaware in 1997, 97% of two-year olds received the vaccines for diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis; 94% received the vaccine for polio; 91% received the vaccine for measles, and 94% received the vaccine for Haemophilus influenzae B, the bacteria causing a form of meningitis. Increased Funding for Ryan White by $8.0 Million: Between 1993 and 1998, Delaware communities received $8.0 million in Ryan White formula and other HIV/AIDS program funds. This funding provides people living with HIV and AIDS medical and support services, including the AIDS Drug Assistance Program which helps those without insurance obtain much needed prescription drugs. [HHS, Health Resources and Services Administration, 12/98] Tobacco Plan Will Cut Smoking and Premature Deaths by 44% in Delaware: The Clinton Administration's tobacco proposal, combined with the recently enacted state tobacco settlements, will cut youth smoking and resulting premature deaths 44% in Delaware by 2004. Between 2000 and 2004, 10,500 of Delaware's youth will be kept from smoking and 3,400 will be spared a premature tobacco-related death. [Treasury Dept., 2/99] 370,000 Americans in Delaware Cannot Be Assured They Have Patient Protections: Even if Delaware enacted all the protections in the Patients' Bill of Rights, 370,000 people in Delaware cannot be assured they have the comprehensive patient protections recommended by the President's Advisory Commission. This is because the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) may preempt state-enacted protections. That is why the President has called on Congress to pass a federally enforceable patients' bill of rights so that everyone enrolled in managed care may have a basic set of protections. Notably, 190,000 Delaware women are in ERISA health plans and are therefore not necessarily protected. Women are particularly vulnerable without these protections because they are greater users of health care services, they make three-quarters of the health care decisions for their families, and they have specific health care needs addressed by a patients' bill of rights.
PROTECTING THE ENVIRONMENT
$7.9 Million in Safe Drinking Water Funding: This year [FY99], thanks to President Clinton, Delaware will receive $7.4 million for the Drinking Water State Revolving Funds to provide low-interest loans to municipalities to build, improve, and prevent pollution of drinking water systems. In addition, Delaware will receive $513,200 in Public Water Supply Supervision grants to help monitor drinking water quality and enforce health standards. Nine Superfund Sites Cleaned Up: Since 1993, the EPA has completed nine toxic waste site clean-ups in Deleware. The site are located in Cheswold, New Castle (2), Kirkwood, Laurel, Wilmington, Smyrna, Dover and Millsboro, Delaware [through 6/99]. This is more than twice the number of sites cleaned up in Delaware during the previous two administrations. Revitalizing Brownfields Project in Wilmington: As part of the Clinton-Gore Administration's efforts to clean up Brownfields, the EPA has awarded grants to Wilmington, Delaware for environmental clean-up and economic revitalization. This project is intended to jump-start local clean-up efforts by providing funds to return unproductive, abandoned, contaminated urban properties to productive use.
SPEARHEADING URBAN AND RURAL RENEWAL PROJECTS
Revitalizing Delaware's Communities: Wilmington was designated an Enterprise Community in December, 1994 and was awarded $3 million to create more jobs, housing, and economic opportunity for area residents. Helping Rural Delaware Families: Since 1993, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has invested more than $131.3 million in Delaware for rural economic development efforts including rural water and sewer, housing and business assistance.[through FY98]
PROVIDING DISASTER RELIEF
$13.9 Million in Federal Emergency Assistance: Since 1993, Delaware has received $13.9 million in disaster relief. This includes $2.8 million for assistance towards victims of severe winter storms, high winds and flooding in 1998. [FEMA, 12/98]
EXPANDING FUNDS FOR TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT
Over $473 Million in Federal Highway Aid: Since 1993, Delaware has received over $473 million in federal highway aid. These funds have helped generate 19,930 jobs. [through FY98] Over $4.2 Million in Aviation Funds: From FY93-FY98 Delaware received over $4.2 million in Airport Improvement Program funds to help build and renovate airports, and, when necessary, to provide funds for noise abatement to improve the quality of life for residents who live near airports. Transit Funding: Since 1993, Delaware has received approximately $38,573,123 in Federal Transit Funding. Saving Lives and Property: In 1997 the United States Coast Guard saved 3 lives and over $6 million of property in Delaware.
Last Updated August 1999