April 15, 2019
State Chamber Update
As we get closer to the midpoint of this year’s General Assembly session, bills up for a vote this week showcase the wide range of issues the body will consider. On Wednesday there will be a vote in the Senate on a mandatory expungements bill balancing the dynamics between providing ex-offenders a second chance, including opening opportunities for employment, with public safety and employer right-to-know concerns.

Also this week will be a Senate vote on creating a transportation infrastructure investment fund that will help commercial and industrial development efforts across Delaware. In committees this week is the FAST bill that provides funding for non-degree certifications to help attract people into Delaware’s workforce, and another dealing with craft alcoholic beverages.
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Reports and economic data available this week start slowly, but pick up at the end of the week. On Wednesday we’ll learn of trade deficit numbers for February, followed by Thursday’s release of weekly jobless claims, retail sales and leading indicators for March. We wrap up the week on Friday with housing starts and building permit data for March.  
Michael J. Quaranta
President
Delaware State Chamber of Commerce
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