On the final day: Casino tax relief approved

DOVER — The Senate passed legislation Saturday that will give Delaware’s casinos a long-awaited tax break, a vote that left one high-ranking Dover Downs official “elated.” Gov. John Carney signed the measure into law about three hours later. By a 17-3 vote, with one member abstaining, the chamber sent to the governor a bill that […]

Carney signs executive order on budget limit

DOVER — Gov. John Carney on Saturday signed an executive order focused on limiting budget growth, although the directive is nonbinding. Based off recommendations issued last month by an advisory panel on budgeting, the order instructs the council that sets the state’s revenue forecast to develop a benchmark aimed at slowing the growth of the […]

Casino bill passes House, goes back to Senate Saturday

DOVER — Financial relief is in the cards after all. On the second-to-last regularly scheduled day of the legislative session, the House approved a modified version of a bill that would give Delaware’s three casinos tax breaks. By a 35-4 vote, with one member absent and one not voting, the chamber sent the measure back […]

House sends budget to Carney

DOVER — By a 40-0 vote, the House passed the budget Tuesday, sending it to Gov. John Carney. He is expected to sign the $4.271 billion spending plan Thursday. It is the earliest the General Assembly has passed a budget in four years, and it stands in marked contrast to last year, when lawmakers missed […]

Guest Opinion: It’s the right time for budget reform

As we head into the critical final week of this year’s legislative session, we have a generational opportunity to begin to fix a budget crisis that has seen a $400 million deficit in 2017 followed by a $400 million-plus increase in spending in 2018. These massive fluctuations in revenue and spending are not good for […]

State revenue estimate rises again as budget votes near

NEW CASTLE — A state panel added more than $46 million to this year’s government revenue estimate Monday as Delaware lawmakers prepare to vote on budget bills for the upcoming fiscal year. The Delaware Economic and Financial Advisory Council’s update comes two weeks before fiscal year 2019 begins on July 1. While this year’s estimate […]

State’s spending plan receives mixed reactions

  DOVER — The spending plan approved by the Joint Finance Committee Wednesday left Todd Mumford stunned. The budget, which totals $4.32 billion between the annual spending measure and a separate list of one-time items, drew a range of reaction after legislators finished markup. Mr. Mumford, the president of Delaware Fraternal Order of Police Lodge […]

Legislature’s budget committee approves spending plan

DOVER — The Joint Finance Committee put its stamp on the budget Wednesday, approving a spending plan for the fiscal year starting July 1. The budget builds off Gov. John Carney’s recommendations, offering a $1,000 increase to state employees, as well as a $500 bonus for all state and school district employees and a one-time […]

$65M ‘safety fund’ proposed for schools

  DOVER — Draft legislation unveiled Tuesday would set aside $65 million to protect schools, allowing officials to use the funding to install bulletproof glass, key card entrances, metal detectors, cameras and other security measures. The proposal, sponsored by Sen. Dave Lawson, R-Marydel, is intended as a counterproposal to several Democratic-backed bills that would place […]

Panel OKs pay hike for state employees

  DOVER — On the first day of markup budget-writing lawmakers approved a pay raise for more than 24,000 state government employees — plus an additional $500 bonus for each. That wasn’t all. By the time the day was finished, the Joint Finance Committee had allocated about one-fourth of uncommitted revenue to contractual services, program […]