• Governor’s Balanced Budget Proposal Invests in Job Growth, Education and Statewide Trails and Pathways

    by  • January 28, 2012 • Walkable Bikeable Delaware • 3 Comments

    Dover, DE – On Thursday, Governor Jack Markel unveiled a balanced budget proposal that invests in jobs and public education and keeps the state’s commitment to critical areas like public health and safety without the need to raise taxes or add new fees.

    “Budgets are about priorities, and this budget makes clear that our top priorities are encouraging economic growth, making our public schools stronger, and ensuring that we are governing responsibly,” Markell said.

    “We need to keep focused and keep pushing forward in our efforts to expand economic opportunity and make our state an even better place to start and grow a business,” Markell said. “Companies deciding where to invest and hire also look for places with clean air and water and for places parks and recreational trails that make life for employees and their families healthy and rewarding.  Quality of life matters deeply to them because it matters to their workforce.  If we overlook them, our state is likely to get overlooked.”

    Given the importance quality of life issues can play in economic development, the Governor’s capital budget also recommends $13.3 million for a series of Statewide Trails and Pathways, as previously announced in the Governor’s State of the State speech on January 19.




    Walkable, Bikeable Delaware

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     Robert Venables and Jack Markell

    First State Trails and Pathways Plan

    Georgetown – Cape Henlopen Trail

    Wilmington – New Castle Greenway

    Newark – Wilmington Pathway


    James Wilson is the executive director of Bike Delaware. He is a member of the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (by whom he was named the 2014 Professional of the Year, Nonprofit Sector), the Institute of Transportation Engineers and the Delaware Bicycle Council. He serves on the board of directors of Delaware Greenways and the Delaware Valley Smart Growth Alliance and as the co-chair of the policy committee of the Advisory Council on Walkability and Pedestrian Awareness. He holds engineering degrees from Yale University and the University of Texas at Austin and is the only registered lobbyist for cycling and walking in Delaware. He helped create, and continues to lead Bike Delaware's participation in, the Walkable Bikeable Delaware campaign. During his tenure as Bike Delaware's executive director, Delaware advanced in the national Bicycle Friendly State rankings for five years in a row, farther and faster than any other state, ever.

    3 Responses to Governor’s Balanced Budget Proposal Invests in Job Growth, Education and Statewide Trails and Pathways

    1. Bob
      January 30, 2012 at 3:20 pm

      Is there any link or info available on how these Statewide Trails and Pathways will be funded? Does it get channeled through DOT or DE DEP?

      • James
        January 30, 2012 at 4:24 pm

        If the Governor’s proposal is approved by the General Assembly in June, the money would be divided between DelDOT and DNREC, who would cooperate to execute the projects in the First State Trails and Pathways Plan.

    2. Chris
      March 30, 2012 at 5:27 pm

      Where was that trail photo taken?

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