Health agency details Medicaid, opioid efforts

DOVER — The first round of Joint Finance Committee hearings just about wrapped up this week, with the Department of Health and Social Services presenting to lawmakers across three days. Over the course of Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, the committee heard about the agency’s many focuses, challenges and budgetary needs, with members from the public […]

Carney’s budget plan funds schools, family court construction, state raises

DOVER — Gov. John Carney’s budget proposal includes what would be both the largest operating and capital sums in state history. It contains a 2 percent pay raise for state employees and directs much of the state’s expected excess revenue to one-time projects like construction, building maintenance and water treatment. The governor’s recommended operating budget […]

General Assembly departs on time with business complete

DOVER — Gov. John Carney signed the capital bond and grant-in-aid bills Monday around 1:30 a.m., allowing lawmakers and others in Legislative Hall to head home for a well-deserved rest. The Senate unanimously passed the grant-in-aid bill at 1:01 and broke about 10 minutes later, marking the successful completion of the first leg of the […]

House passes $4.45B budget but bond bill remains unfinished

DOVER — The House of Representatives approved the $4.45 billion operating budget Thursday, along with a $62 million supplement. By a 41-0 vote, the chamber sent the measure to the Senate. Senators could consider the bill Tuesday, one of the four regularly scheduled legislative days remaining. The spending plan, Rep. Quinn Johnson told his colleagues […]

Panel boosts official Delaware revenue estimates

NEW CASTLE — A state panel has boosted Delaware’s official government revenue estimates yet again as lawmakers prepare to begin drafting a budget for the upcoming fiscal year. The Delaware Economic and Financial Advisory Council on Monday increased its revenue estimate for this year by $40.7 million compared to last month’s forecast. Virtually all of […]

Trump proposes $4.7 billion budget relying on strong growth projection

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump proposed a record $4.7 trillion federal budget for 2020 on Monday, relying on optimistic 3.1 percent economic growth projections alongside accounting shuffles and steep domestic cuts to bring future spending into promised balance in 15 years. The deficit is projected to hit $1.1 trillion in the 2020 fiscal year, the […]

Congressional lawmakers reach deal on border wall funding

WASHINGTON — Congressional negotiators reached agreement Monday night to prevent a government shutdown and finance construction of new barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border, overcoming a late-stage hang-up over immigration enforcement issues that had threatened to scuttle the talks. Republicans were desperate to avoid another bruising shutdown. They tentatively agreed to far less money for President […]

Lawmakers dig into $1.56 billion proposed public education budget

  DOVER — Lawmakers questioned education and budget officials Thursday over the Department of Education’s proposed spending plan for the upcoming fiscal year, seeking more information on the rapid growth of special education enrollment, funding for disadvantaged students and drug prevention education. Public education makes up more than a third of the state’s $4.27 billion […]

UD wants millions more for scholarships

DOVER — The University of Delaware is seeking to cover the cost of tuition and fees for lower-income Delaware students by asking lawmakers to provide an extra $22.5 million over the next four years. Appearing before the budget-writing Joint Finance Committee Thursday, President Dennis Assanis detailed his request for additional taxpayer dollars on top of […]

Retired state employees seek hike in pensions

DOVER — Gov. John Carney’s budget proposal calls for setting aside $45 million lawmakers can use for a future budget crunch, but that money is already being pulled in several directions. Whether those dollars end up being allocated for the fiscal year starting July 1 or saved could depend simply on how much influence the […]