This page includes posts from
June 5-18, 2005 in the usual reverse
order. Each posting on the home page is perma-linked to these
June 16, 2005
Like many other states, Delaware is seeing some pleasant increases in its net tax revenues this year.
Next week's meeting of the Delaware Economic Financial Advisory Council (DEFAC) will provide the final revenue estimate figures that the General Assembly will use to complete the state budget and bond bill for FY06. In the meantime, the Governor and the Republican legislative leadership have managed to reach a broad-ranged deal on a mix of tax cuts and budget increases.
I'm happy to note that the deal includes an income tax measure I suggested here last January, when there were already some good signs that the state's financial picture would be much brighter than it had been the last few years.
For the first time, Delaware will have its own version of the Earned Income Tax Credit for working families:
When I suggested the EITC in January, I expressed no preference as to whether the credit would be limited to the taxes paid, or whether the credit would follow the more generous refund model used in the Federal version. Given the fiscally conservative approach to government finance followed by both major parties in Delaware, however, I'm not really surprised that the negotiators limited the credit as they did.
That's okay. It's still a good step toward encouraging initiative and work, and the folks who will receive the credit could certainly use the help.
June 14, 2005
My own responses are as follows:
That is an admittedly eclectic list.
June 11, 2005
Younger daughter gave her parents a great graduation gift earlier this week.
The class president gave a wonderful speech to her fellow students and the assembled parents, school officials, and other dignitaries. It was followed by sustained, enthusiastic applause from the audience.
Have I mentioned before how proud we are of her?
June 11, 2005
Sometimes the use of some form of the stock headline phrase "Experts say" can truly enhance the opportunities for a high-ranking Claude award.
A friend of mine pointed me toward a real doozy featuring this special characteristic that I'd somehow missed, and for which nearly no comment is needed to explain why it's receiving four Claudes:
Simply stunning, isn't it?
June 8, 2005
Despite the common initials of their names and their strong physical resemblance, there are a few critical differences between these two guys:
One is an obvious puppet, mouthing the incredible inanities he’s fully expected to say at any time for a wildly appreciative, though increasingly limited audience.
The other is a former TV star.
Hat tip: James Lileks's Screedblog today.
June 7, 2005
We took the girls to see B. B. King on Sunday night, part of our graduation celebration for them.
"The old man," as he described himself during a very funny interlude between songs, put on a great show at Rehoboth Convention Center, along with his band. The performance was part of the initial Blues Festival weekend. It also served as a fundraiser for diabetes, a disease King says he's managing now, after years of not even realizing he had it.
The sold-out audience ranged in age from high school through folks as old as King himself, and it was just a love feast all around.
Today marks the 41st month of this site's existence. Thus far, 381,973 visitors have read 502,661 pages of what's here. The average daily visitor count last month was 462, about three times the monthly average experienced here during the blog's initial months.
Everything is going according to plan.
Thanks again for your patronage, and stop by again soon.
June 5, 2005
Sometimes there are some unexpected benefits to watching a Broadway show.
During this same weekend last year, for example, we went to a Sunday matinee and watched Rent. I thought it was mostly earnest and a bit dated, but otherwise enjoyable for the effort the cast put into the long-running production.
The payoff came later in the year, with the brutally hilarious parody of the show that appeared in Team America--World Police. If I hadn't seen the original, the Lease skit simply wouldn't have been nearly as funny.
This year I'm hoping for a different kind of benefit, one more common to the Broadway experience.
We saw the show two weeks ago, and Butz was simply amazing. He has great comic timing, a good voice, and a fearless attitude about slapstick.
Here's hoping he wins the Tony and that it leads to even more opportunities to appreciate his comedic talents.
UPDATE: Guessed right.
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