$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 […]

Sussex County budget keeps property taxes unchanged

GEORGETOWN — Sussex County will do more to preserve land, expand broadband Internet, and fund more fire and EMS services in a budget plan that county leaders will weigh in the weeks ahead, spokesman Chip Guy said Tuesday. County officials unveiled the proposed $177 million budget for Fiscal Year 2019. The proposed budget limits fee […]

Budget requests far exceed proposal for UD, DSU

  DOVER — Delaware’s three public higher education institutions are asking for a combined $178.9 million for capital projects, $159.4 million more than the governor recommended in January. Gov. John Carney’s budget proposal calls for giving $6.5 million each to the University of Delaware, Delaware State University and Delaware Technical Community College, but they say […]

Report calls for change in state budgeting with spending limit

  DOVER — A panel examining state budgeting is recommending lawmakers create a cap on annual budget growth, reorganize the Budget Reserve Account to make it easier to tap into in times of need and broaden the tax base by ending some tax breaks and lowering income tax rates. As Delaware has battled with balancing […]

Cautious budget markup starts for state’s lawmakers

DOVER — The good news for the lawmakers responsible for crafting the annual state budget is they aren’t expected to have to make large cuts or find money to balance the budget. The bad news is the extra money they do have is being pulled in several different ways — and could be gone in […]

House speaker slams casino relief bill

  DOVER — The casino relief bill will get a committee hearing in the House. What happens after that is unknown. Following the passage of Senate Substitute 1 for Senate Bill 144 Thursday, House Speaker Pete Schwartzkopf, D-Rehoboth Beach, blasted both the measure and the process behind crafting it. Seeking to send a message to […]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Move money away from ‘war making’ efforts

In 2015, the U.S. military budget was $598 billion, more than the combined military expenditures of the next seven countries combined: China plus Russia plus Saudi Arabia plus France plus Japan plus the United Kingdom plus India. When President Trump put forth his budget proposal at the beginning of last year, he proposed to raise […]

Additional staff requested for state’s juvenile detention centers

  DOVER — The 29 new positions recommended in Gov. John Carney’s budget plan for juvenile centers are sorely needed, with issues in the facilities echoing many of the same problems faced by the state’s prisons, lawmakers and Department of Services for Children, Youth and their Families officials said Thursday. The six treatment and detention […]

DelTech stumps for more money to repair facilities

  DOVER — Delaware Technical Community College continues to stress the need for funding to allow it to fix facilities that officials describe as increasingly decrepit. DelTech, which has been pushing for more money for deferred maintenance since 2006, has $98 million in capital needs, according to President Mark Brainard. Leaking roofs are just one […]