Thank You Senate 6

Sen. Huxtable represents the 6th District, covering Milton, Lewes, Rehoboth Beach and Dewey Beach.

 

February 1 – February 7 is National Gun Violence Survivors Week.

This week serves as a reminder to lift up the stories of gun violence survivors who live with the devastating impact of gun violence every single day. You can read and share survivors’ stories at momentsthatsurvive.org.

ICYMI — Lt. Governor Bethany Hall-Long has announced that every family is able to pick up a free canister of baby formula at a number of locations across the state.

The Food Bank of Delaware, Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware, and local community organizations are partnering with the State to serve as points of distribution to these communities.

Starting today, February 2, Delaware families with infants up to 12 months of age can pick up one canister of formula at the points of distribution — at no cost to the family.

To learn more, visit https://ltgov.delaware.gov/formula/

Screenshot_20230201-225128Black History Month begins today.

Here in Delaware, we remember and honor historical figures like Mary Ann Shadd, an abolitionist author, and Louis Redding, a civil rights attorney who fought for integrating our schools in front of the Supreme Court of the United States.
 
We also celebrate contemporary trailblazers like Justice Tamika Montgomery-Reeves, the first Black woman named to the Delaware Supreme Court. 

Teachers have endured an extraordinary and trying past few years. Now more than ever, these dedicated public servants deserve to be compensated fairly — and Delaware can’t afford to be out-competed by our neighboring states who pay their educators a higher salary.

I was proud to stand alongside my colleagues and several educators yesterday as Governor John Carney announced a historic increase for teacher salaries that will be included in this year’s budget. His plan includes a 3% raise for everyone working in public education, with a total of a 9% raise for our teachers. There’s still more work to do to improve our schools, but this is an exciting first step.

Important Information for Agricultural Producers

Every five years, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) surveys every agricultural producer across the country and in Puerto Rico to obtain a complete account of the industry, its changes, and emerging trends. Less than 25 percent of Delaware producers have responded to the 2022 Ag Census, which could jeopardize farm policy and decision-making about disaster relief, community planning, technology development, and more.

Producers received a survey code with an invitation to respond online at agcounts.usda.gov in November. Producers should complete their survey online or submit it by mail no later than February 6. Everyone who received the 2022 Census of Agriculture questionnaire is required to return it, even if they are not currently farming.

Farm operations of all sizes which produced and sold, or typically would have sold, $1,000 or more of agricultural products in 2022 are included in the Ag Census.

NASS will release the results of the Ag Census in 2024.

To learn more about the Census of Agriculture, visit https://nass.usda.gov/agcensus

Delaware families face many barriers accessing affordable and quality housing. Recently, the Delaware State Housing Authority (DSHA) has announced two updates that will help reduce these barriers for Delawarean homeowners and renters.

First, DSHA is expanding their Delaware Mortgage Relief Program in a variety of ways, including: an increase in available financial assistance, future mortgage payments, removal of the delinquency requirement, and partnerships with community organizations. Over 1,100 Delawarean families have benefited from this program and DSHA hopes to help even more. Learn more about the Delaware Mortgage Relief Program at https://demortgagehelp.com/.


Then, DSHA is proud to announce the opening of the Delaware Tenant Rent Reporting Pilot Program. This program will help renters build credit without going into debt. Interested to see if you qualify? Visit https://www.neighborgoodpartners.org/rent-reporting

While I look forward to the opportunity to work with my colleagues in Dover on steps we can take locally to combat climate change, I was excited to join our federal delegation at Bowers Beach today as we celebrated the passage of the Water Resources Development Act through Congress. This federal legislation authorizes much-needed investments in flood mitigation and coastal restoration projects.

The WRDA will benefit communities in Delaware through a number of avenues: it updates the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ emergency authorities to provide greater support to Delaware’s beaches following damaging storms, lowers costs for shoreline protection efforts, and invests in modernized drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater infrastructure across our state — just to name a few.

Delaware’s coastal communities are already feeling the effects of rising sea levels and are often impacted the hardest by extreme weather events. I’m glad that we have partners in Washington, D.C. who understand the urgency of this matter and look forward to the implementation of the WRDA here in the 6th District.

Senator Tom Carper
Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester
Bethany Hall-Long 

Before he gave his State of the State address last week, I had the chance to sit down with Governor John Carney. We discussed some of the biggest issues facing families living in the 6th District, like access to affordable housing, the effects of climate change on our coastline, and the need to preserve open space across our community. 

Simply put, today was a great day.

I am proud to have been officially sworn in as the State Senator for the 6th Senate District. Joined by my family, I took the oath of office administered by my friend Mitch Crane on the Senate floor.

It is an honor to serve my community here in our state’s capital, and I look forward to the work that lies ahead.

The Delaware Forest Service invites any K-5 students  to participate in their annual Arbor Day Poster Contest. This year’s theme is “Trees are Terrific… in all Shapes and Sizes!” and they are excited to see all the creative posters that highlight the importance of tree diversity.

Twelve lucky participants will win a gift card, a tree-themed book, a tree planting for their school, and an invitation to Governor Carney’s Statewide Arbor Day Celebration! The deadline to register is March 9th and entries are due by April 1st.
 
For more information visit: https://bit.ly/3GQOq4V