WILMINGTON, Del., June 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The Government and Elections committee hearing on SB53, the TransPerfect bill, is scheduled for June 14th, and Citizens for a Pro-Business Delaware continues to show overwhelming voter support for passage of the bill. CPBD commissioned Slingshot Strategies, LLC to conduct a recent poll of 800 registered Delaware voters. The poll found that 70% supported SB53, which would require the Delaware Court of Chancery to wait three years before it can order the sale of a profitable Delaware company such as TransPerfect.
CPBD has been asking Delaware voters to call and email their Senators who will decide the fate of the bill through radio and print ads, direct mail and email campaigns. More than 1,400 voters have contacted the committee members over the last month. "We will continue to direct voters to contact their Senators, demanding a full Senate vote on SB53, the TransPerfect Bill," said Chris Coffey, Campaign Manager of Citizens for a Pro-Business Delaware. "Nearly 250 voters in each of the Senators' districts have called to talk to the Senators about their concern over the message the court sent to businesses in forcing the sale of a private company. We will continue to urge the Senators to put their constituents' concerns, their state's business-friendly reputation and more than 4,000 jobs ahead of partisan politics and pass SB53 to the Senate floor." The poll confirmed that 72% of voters polled would approve of the government trying to save some of the jobs that could be lost because of the court-ordered sale of TransPerfect.
In May, Citizens for a Pro-Business Delaware motioned the courts to unseal millions of dollars in custodian-approved costs to TransPerfect which resulted in an increase in healthcare costs and lowered retirement benefits. 63% of voters in the Slingshot Strategies poll supported public access and transparency in the expenses. Voters also expressed support for a business-friendly resolution to the TransPerfect dispute while acknowledging states like Wyoming have expressed interest in the court case in hopes of luring incorporations from Delaware. "We have the Wyoming Secretary of State telling local reporters that he is scrutinizing the next steps of this case and is ready to pounce on any potential businesses that are discouraged by the ruling," said Chris Coffey. 67% of voters thought the threat of other states competing for businesses was a compelling reason to support a resolution that is business-friendly.
Citizens for a Pro-Business Delaware is a group made up of more than 2,200 members including employees of the global translation services company TransPerfect as well as concerned Delaware residents, business executives and others. It formed in April of 2016 to focus on raising awareness with Delaware residents, elected officials, and other stakeholders about these issues.
For more information on Citizens for a Pro-Business Delaware visit DelawareForBusiness.org.
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