Soon after Gov. Jack Markell finished his fourth State of the State address at Legislative Hall Thursday afternoon, Republican State Chairman John Sigler released a statement in response to the speach.


Soon after Gov. Jack Markell finished his fourth State of the State address at Legislative Hall Thursday afternoon, Republican State Chairman John Sigler released a statement in response to the speach.

Here is his full statement:

"Today the Governor shared with Delawareans a vast array of seemingly grand ideas for Delaware’s future in his State of the State Address. As a concerned Delawarean I truly appreciate the Governor's voiced concerns for the future of our State, the welfare of our citizens and the economic prospects for future generations of Delawareans.

"And as one of Delaware's many military veterans I applaud the Governor's proposed tax breaks for businesses hiring returning veterans and hope that he will expand job opportunities for Delaware's veterans by embracing further veteran-preference programs currently being discussed by various leaders within Delaware's larger community of  veterans.

"However, the Governor has a lot of details to explain from this speech, and I expect that Delawareans will get the price tag for those grand ideas when he delivers his annual  budget address. The Governor talked about supporting entrepreneurs, but the out-of-control regulatory environment fostered by the DNRC and DELDOT, coupled with the current status of many of Delaware’s union-friendly labor laws do more to hinder business start-ups than most new businesses can afford.

"Some of the Governor’s comments today were simply outrageous. How can Governor Markell possibly complain about the high cost of energy when his Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative is one of the biggest cost drivers facing ratepayers? How can the Governor claim to have cut 1,000 jobs in state government? Where does that number come from and who are those people? 

"How can the Governor propose investing money to make the Port of Wilmington more competitive in the global economy when he has actively opposed the deepening of the Delaware River so as to allow the new generation of deep draft vessels to access that port?

"How are ideas like $13 million in bike trails going to be paid for? Why in the world does Delaware need $13 million in bike trails? A new partnership with Facebook sounds nice. I’m sure that will help the Governor raise money from Democratic donors in Silicon Valley with that proposal during this re-election year.

"And absent from the Governor’s address was any substantive discussion of public safety issues and the recent unprecedented action of the Governor and the four Democrat members of the Board of Pardons whose recent decision effectively reversed Delaware’s death penalty statute, ignoring the will of the General Assembly and that of well over 60% of Delaware’s voters.

"In this economy, Delaware doesn’t need more ideas from a Chief Consultant. Delaware needs real action from a Chief Executive who is serious about cutting the size and cost of government, creating a business-friendly/family-friendly environment that will bring new businesses to Delaware and reducing the regulatory burden so that we truly begin to attract good, high-paying jobs back to our state."