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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Just months after fellow Democrats expressed concerns about Delaware's dire financial situation and a potential $160 million shortfall for the upcoming fiscal year, Gov. Jack Markell is proposing to increase the state's operating budget by more than 5 percent.

The $4.1 billion proposal unveiled Thursday includes $18 million in new spending for a general pay increase for state employees, and an additional $16 million for other salary increases, including $9 million in annual pay increases for teachers.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's Senate president is bracing his colleagues about "very difficult" budget work after reviewing Republican Gov. Larry Hogan's budget plan.

Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller told senators Monday night he predicts the Democratic-led General Assembly will be arguing about the budget down to the last day of the session.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is proposing a billion dollar increase in education spending, small tax cuts, and a 2 percent raise for state employees.

The Democratic governor is also renewing his long-shot push to convince the GOP-controlled General Assembly to approve an expansion of Medicaid.

McAuliffe unveiled his $109 billion two-year budget proposal Thursday at the Capitol. He says he took a conservative approach to spending that will help improve Virginia's long-term economic outlook.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Lawmakers plan to hold four regional public hearings on Gov. Terry McAuliffe's proposed biennial state budget.

The House Appropriations Committee and the Senate Finance Committee have scheduled two hearings on Jan. 7 at 10 a.m. at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg and at Wytheville Community College in Wytheville. Two other hearings will be held Jan. 7 at noon at Tidewater Community College in Chesapeake and at the General Assembly Building in Richmond.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe says his forthcoming budget proposal will include a 2 percent pay raise for state workers, college faculty, school teachers and other public employees.

McAuliffe made the announcement Thursday during a regular appearance on WRVA's "Ask the Governor" radio show.

The governor is set to unveil his two-year budget plan on Dec. 17. It will be the starting point of negotiations with the GOP-controlled General Assembly.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia's legislative money committees have announced a slate of public hearings on the next state budget.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe introduces his proposed two-year, approximately $100 billion spending plan on Dec. 17. That will be the starting point for the House Appropriations and Senate Finance committees, which are tasked with presenting a budget before the end of the 2016 General Assembly session.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A new state forecast expects Virginia's Medicaid costs to increase by nearly $1 billion through the next two-year budget.

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The new chancellor for the University of Maryland stopped by Salisbury University yesterday as the school system faces some potentially tight budgets.

Chancellor Robert Caret was upbeat about the prospects of expanding attendance and keeping down costs for students.

But while he expects the University system budget for the next fiscal year to remain flat there could be some cuts and an increase in tuition in the years ahead.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland board has revised the state's revenue estimates up by $212 million for fiscal years 2016 and 2017.

The Maryland Board of Revenue Estimates approved the estimates Monday. The estimates went up $80.6 million for fiscal year 2016, which began in July. Revenue estimates increased $131.6 million for fiscal year 2017.

The revisions come after Maryland ended fiscal year 2015 with a fund balance of $295 million.

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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP)- The panel that sets Delaware's official revenue projections is updating its fiscal forecast.
    
The Delaware Economic and Financial Advisory Council is set to meet Monday to update revenue projections for the current and upcoming fiscal years.
    
The meeting is the council's first since lawmakers passed a $3.9 billion spending plan for the current year on July 1.
    

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan says Maryland ended the fiscal year with a higher-than-expected budget balance.

Hogan says the state's fund balance is about $295 million.

The Republican says about $84 million of that is from reversions from state agencies. That's $54 million more than previously expected.

Hogan says it's due to more careful management of state spending.

Maryland also benefited from about $214 million in higher-than-anticipated state revenues.

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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - Democratic leaders of the legislature's budget-writing committee don't seem interested in changing voting requirements for passage of the state's annual spending plan.

But a task force meeting for the first time Thursday in response to a resolution sponsored by Republican Sen. Colin Bonini is trying to fashion an argument to defend the status quo.

The budget bill traditionally has been treated as needing only a simple majority, even though Delaware's constitution requires a three-fourths vote to appropriate public money to any corporation.

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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - State lawmakers and officials are discussing whether the annual state budget passed by the General Assembly should require more than a simple majority of votes for passage.

Thursday's meeting stems from a resolution passed by lawmakers on the final night of this year's session.

The resolution, sponsored by Republican Sen. Colin Bonini, notes that the budget bill has been treated as needing only a simple majority, even though the state constitution requires a three-fourths vote to appropriate public money to any corporation.

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If you are one of the 15-hundred who work for the New Castle County government you could get a onetime bonus of $750.

County Executive Tom Gordon wants the County Council to approve the payment to reward employees for their efforts during a time of austerity.

The county budget had a surplus of $1.5 million at the end of the last fiscal year.

The cost of the bonus would eat up most of that coming in at just over a million dollars.

It would still leave $300-thousand in the till.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The General Assembly's budget-writing committee is relying on cuts to nonprofit groups and money from a nationwide financial settlement to balance a spending plan for the fiscal year starting next week.

The Joint Finance Committee on Wednesday finished work on a $3.9 billion operating budget for fiscal 2016, roughly 2.5 percent higher than the current year's budget.

To help balance the budget, lawmakers agreed to use $25 million in one-time funds from a nationwide settlement involving mortgage-backed securities.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The General Assembly's budget-writing committee is resuming work on a spending plan for the fast-approaching new fiscal year.

The Joint Finance Committee was to reconvene Monday to continue marking up Gov. Jack Markell's proposed $3.9 billion budget for the fiscal year starting July 1.

The committee's work got a little easier last week when revenue estimates for the current and upcoming fiscal years increased by about $33 million.

But available revenue is still about $15 million lower than when Markell unveiled his budget proposal in January.

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The Sussex County Council has unanimously approved a $128.6 million budget for the 2016 fiscal year that begins July 1st.

That’s up by $11.3 million or 9.6 percent from the current year’s figure of $117.3 million.

That’s mostly due to the long-planned sewer construction projects.

The operational expenses in the general fund went up only 2.9 percent which is well below the 3.3 percent growth rate in the property tax assessments.

The new budget will keep the county’s property tax rate at 44.5 cents per $100 of assessed value.

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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - The panel that issues Delaware's official revenue forecast is providing its final update of the fiscal year.

Lawmakers will use Monday's update from the Delaware Economic and Financial Advisory Council to finish marking up Gov. Jack Markell's proposed $3.9 billion budget for the fiscal year starting July 1.

Last month, the estimate of revenue available for fiscal 2016 increased by about $18.5 million, following a decline of $22 million in April.

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Worcester County residents will see an increase in the property tax of 6.5 percent and a .5 percent hike in the piggyback tax after the Commissioner approved the budget for the 2016 fiscal year.

In addition, the public schools will receive its maintenance of effort money but will operate at the same funding level as 2015 despite a cost of living increase request.

Finally there will be a budget surplus of $1.5 million.

The Commissioners were facing a $22 million budget shortfall.

The spending plan was approved a 5-to-2 vote.

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The Christina School District got another no from voters for its property tax increase request.

That will mean the district will begin its budget cuts and layoffs.

The vote was just nearly 6,000 to around 5,000 against the tax hike.

That was much closer than that blowout that occurred in February for a much large increase.

The proposal would have increased taxes on $100 of assessed property value by 37 cents.

It would have been spread out over a three year period.

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Property owners got a break as the New Castle County Council turned back the idea of bringing all assessments up to the current market price.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that several council members admitted that this was a political decision even though they supported reassessment.

Property assessments have not been revised since 1983 which the paper says are around a third of what they are today.

Council member Janet Kilpatrick said that there needed to be an education campaign before property values could be updated.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe says Virginia's state revenues in April increased by more than 10 percent from a year ago.

Figures released Wednesday by McAuliffe's office show payroll withholding tax collections increased by 3.5 percent in April. Sales and use tax collections rose by 5.9 percent.

Collections of individual nonwithholding and corporate income taxes also increased.

Total revenue collections are up 7.5 percent so far this fiscal year. A budget approved in the 2015 legislative session projected 4.7 percent growth.

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Sussex County leaders have unveiled their proposed $128.6 million budget for the upcoming year.

That’s increase of 9.6 percent increase over last year largely due to sewer construction projects.

The spending plan does keep the property tax rate steady at 44.5 cent per $100 of assessed value.

The budget does include the phase in of a one-time sewer connection fee along with an $8 increase in sewer rates for current and new customers.

For one district, Long Neck, the hike will be $12.57.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan has decided to maintain a 2 percent cost-of-living adjustment for state employees.
 
Hogan said Wednesday that $68 million will be made available for the increase in the next fiscal year.
 
The Republican governor says he saw firsthand how committed state employees are to Maryland citizens during last week's handling of unrest in Baltimore. He says state employees need and deserve the pay increase.
 

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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - The panel that sets Delaware's official revenue forecast is meeting to update its projections for the current and upcoming fiscal years.

Monday's meeting of the Delaware Economic and Financial Advisory Council comes one month after it made its first update of the year, lowering its revenue estimate for the current year by $39.4 million compared to its December estimate.

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Mayor Jim Ireton has set a deadline of July 1st for Wicomico County to come to an agreement on tax relief for city residents when it comes to providing  city fire and emergency services.

If the deadline is not met those services will no longer be extended beyond the city limits.

That was the message from the Mayor to the City Council yesterday during a discussion of his plans for the 2016 fiscal year.

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Mayor Jim Ireton will lay out his 2016 fiscal budget for the Salisbury City Council this afternoon.

Issues in his spending plan range from the first ever reduction in Urban Service sewer rates and public safety to infrastructure improvements and a new zoo exhibit.

In addition, the Mayor is expected to bring up – what has been called -- the Nuclear Option for Fire Department and EMS service.

The Mayor is seeking tax relief from Wicomico County for duplicative services.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Republican Gov. Larry Hogan says he is pleased overall with the way his first legislative session has ended, but he had his share of disagreements with the Democratic-led Legislature.

Lawmakers approved several scaled-back versions of Hogan's priorities, but the governor battled with Democrats over state spending.

Hogan's push to make charter schools more flexible was approved. He also won some tax relief on military pensions for people over 65. With help from Democrats, he also fulfilled a campaign promise to end state-mandated stormwater fees.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Democrats are standing firm in a budget standoff with Republican Gov. Larry Hogan.

The Senate president and House speaker held a news conference Monday morning on the last day of the session to say they will not back down on fully funding education, health programs and a cost-of-living adjustment for state employees in the budget both chambers already have passed.

Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller says Democrats "cannot pick and choose" who to cut between state employees, vulnerable adults and public school children.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - It's crunch time for the Maryland General Assembly, and lawmakers still have a budget to pass.

The 90-day legislative session is scheduled to end Monday at midnight.

Gov. Larry Hogan proposed a budget compromise on Saturday, but it's unclear if the Legislature is willing and able to pass some of Hogan's legislative initiatives that the governor says are important to the deal.

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