Elizabeth Harrington with Sen. David Lawson after she testified before JFC about visually impaired education

Thank you Delaware Health and Social Services for introducing this incredible young lady to the Joint Finance Committee today.

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Delaware Senate Approves $10.25 Minimum Wage

“We have a lot of people taking votes and making votes who have never had to look at a payroll,” said Sen. Dave Lawson, R-Marydel. “We should not continue to set upon the entrepreneur and the businesses that provide jobs in this state. You’re running them out of the state.”

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: The Time To Protect Delawareans Is Now

“At various times of my life, I have taken oaths — as a Boy Scout, when I joined the U.S. military, when I became a Delaware State Trooper and again each time that I have been elected to public office. These oaths have never been recalled, nor have they ever expired. I believe that I took those oaths for life.

When we were elected as public servants for the people of Delaware, we took oaths to protect this state and country. It is time that “We the People” hold each and every elected official to that oath.”

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Lawson: State Not Tough Enough On Crime

“And this is the issue. And until we get the prosecution and these people put away, we would continue to put our cops’ lives in danger, we will continue to put our people in Wilmington in danger. This is not a police function, this is a prosecutor function and it is failing miserably.”

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Budget Debate Will Center On Health Care and Schools

“It’s going to be a hard sell. It’s going to require some real hard decisions, and it’s going to take some real backbone to do it,” said Sen. Dave Lawson, R-Marydel, who sits on the Joint Finance Committee. “But absolutely we have to do something. And I think his health savings account plan is a good start.”

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The Minimum Wage Debate

“The reality is that to pay people more money, businesses have to raise costs across the board. If a worker makes more, but their expenses rise as well, what good has been accomplished?

In addition, the Congressional Budget Office has stated that the benefits of a minimum wage increase accrue mostly to people who are not in poverty. Just 19 percent of the benefits of a $10.10 minimum wage would accrue to those in poverty, and that only 40 percent of workers who earn within 25 cents per hour of the minimum wage work full-time. They also state that 500,000 jobs would be lost if the minimum wage was raised over 10 dollars.

All of these feel-good bills mask the true problem, and that is that Delaware’s economy has driven out all of the good middle-class jobs, and the jobs that have replaced them have all been at the low end of the pay scale. So to mask their failure to develop the conditions for a solid economy, efforts like these are all that remain.”

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Dollars and Sense: Dave Lawson

“Delaware’s budget process is plagued by a focus on the short term, and as a result, our long-term prospects have suffered. We have enormous long-term commitments that we have not begun to fulfill. Despite this fact, however, many of my fellow legislators have introduced – or are planning to introduce – tens of millions of dollars in new spending measures this year that will only increase our budget obligations in the future. This sort of irresponsible “governing by feel-good legislation” has put us in a risky long-term position, and it is unacceptable.”

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Senator Lawson on the 2016 State of the State Address

“I would hope the governor would acknowledge that we have significant long-term liabilities that need addressing. Also, we need to look out for our small business owners and the jobs they create. But our first priority, as always, is protecting the safety and security of Delawareans.” Sen. Dave Lawson, R-Marydel

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