Murray Announces Plan To End Adversarial Climate In Delaware

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Republican gubernatorial candidate Julianne Murray announced a Restoring Balance Plan on Monday.
The purpose of the plan is to break what she termed as the “adversarial climate between the state government and Delawareans.”

Murray’s Restoring Balance Plan pledges:

LISTENING TOUR
Every six months, Murray will hold a listening tour around the state to solicit input from Delawareans. These tours will open up the lines of communication. No longer will people need a lobbyist to have the ear of the Governor.

OPEN FOR BUSINESS
Delaware has been losing businesses and their jobs to other states due to the difficult permitting process. Within the first 100 days, Murray will create a task force of business leaders and experts to analyze, reimagine, and expedite the state’s permitting process. She will cut the red tape strangling economic growth.

RESTORING PEOPLE’S FAITH
People work hard for their paycheck. State government needs to respect tax dollars not abuse them. In order to restore people’s faith, Murray will create an independent Office of the Inspector General to root out corruption, fraud and abuse of power.

CREATE A SUNSET COMMISSION
There are a million ways to spend tax dollars. There needs to be an effort to save tax dollars and streamline state government. Julianne will create a Sunset Commission to review agencies, grants, programs, etc. to ensure that they are still relevant and that they have not outlived their purpose.

HOLD OFFICE HOURS
Understanding that people want a helping hand from state government, Murray will hold open office hours to address people’s issues with red tape.

OFFER TAX AMNESTY
Many people and businesses have struggled during the pandemic. Murray will work to pass tax amnesty giving people and businesses an opportunity to pay their taxes without penalties.

ASK THE GOVERNOR
Murray will set up radio appearances twice a month where she will take direct calls from listeners to answer their questions.

REVIEW OF UNFUNDED MANDATES
While many initiatives are well-meaning, they create unfunded mandates and hefty burdens for local municipalities. Murray will create a panel to review them in order to find a way to be a helping hand to local officials instead of dictating from the top.

SMART BUDGETING
Our state government spends over $4 billion annually. Are we getting our money’s worth? To create more accountability, Murray will work to include evidence requirements in budget instructions for state agencies. This evidence-based budgeting will ensure that funding is supported by research and data. It will determine the anticipated return on investment by comparing costs vs. benefits. As a result, our state government will be far more effective rather than being driven by bureaucracy.

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