WDEL Blog: Allan Loudell

Chip Flowers' office back in the news; Erika Benner still collecting paychecks

State Treasurer Chip Flowers had managed to keep his office OUT of the news for the last couple of weeks: No small achievement.

But there's nothing like a story of compassion to warm up the holiday season. (I better make clear I'm being sarcastic.)

The NEWS JOURNAL reports Erika Benner, the Delaware deputy treasurer who gave up her post earlier this year after her admission to using her state credit card for personal expenses, REMAINS on the state payroll even now.

Funny, I thought resignation meant giving up your job AND financial compensation, whether in the public or private sector. Guess not.

Actually she had been on medical leave, and state officials are still considering whether she should come back in yet another state position. (She did reimburse the state for more than three thousand bucks in state travel, including trips with her boss.) The extent to which Ms. Benner is actually working - for her current annual salary of $97,869 - remains unclear.

The state's Office of Management & Budget is still reviewing Benner's practices as deputy treasurer, and will ultimately decide the outcome of Benner's application for another state job.

Whether it be Treasurer Flowers, the state Insurance Commissioner, Delaware's all-Democratic Congressional delegation, or Governor Jack Markell, folks at the Delaware Liberal political blog seem to be displeased (or worse) with all of them. Read the criticism of Markell halfway down this open thread...


Posted at 8:00am on December 18, 2013 by Allan Loudell

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Comments on this post:

Wed, Dec 18, 2013 10:45am
With bigger stuff going on nationally, NSA for example, it is hard to get re-riled over state issues that seem not to change from week to week... The holidays will sweep them under the rug, until the General Assembly begins afresh in January...

Del Liberal moans oh... all we have is centrists... but when you have all state offices voted at-large.. that is just what you are going to get...

Wed, Dec 18, 2013 12:26pm
The State Treasurer is on his way to becoming the next Delaware Governor. We have a real need to keep reminding folks that all is not well with his management skills. And with his honesty.

Delaware Liberal points to a real problem facing the current Governor. Liberals have tried to ignore that the Democrats are in bed with the corporate elite much more than the Republicans are. Few sources of new revenue are available, so an adjustment of the income tax structure is vital for next year's budget.

Increased funding for education and Medicaid are going to force a hard look at State priorities. More revenue will be needed. This is not a taxed-out state like New Jersey. There is room for increasing the tax rate. The governor is going to be forced to consider adding more brackets.

Wed, Dec 18, 2013 3:34pm
What Jim says....

Wed, Dec 18, 2013 7:26pm
Time for Delaware to launch a recall effort on Flowers.

Told you they should have elected Bonini.

Thu, Dec 19, 2013 7:17am
With all the clamour over Flowers, it would be wise to remember the only reason he is in there is that Bonini is ten times worse. Instead of a trip to Alaska, we'd now be talking of a trip to Japan, with an international incident involved, and because of it, be in the middle of World War III, ....

Sometimes one just has to take the blessings as they are given..

Thu, Dec 19, 2013 5:32pm
Huh? Bonini causing World War III? Where's the data to back that up?

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