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9:55 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Hogan Makes Appointments, Gets Budget Briefing

Governor-Elect Larry Hogan (R)
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov.-elect Larry Hogan has scheduled a briefing on Maryland's budget.

The briefing with adviser Robert Neall is set for Thursday in Annapolis.

Hogan says his incoming administration has been examining upcoming budget problems. He focused his campaign for governor on fiscal concerns.

Hogan announced Wednesday that Neall will be a special adviser on fiscal matters in his administration. Neall has been reviewing the budget as part of Hogan's transition team.

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12:58 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Larry Hogan Blasts Out-Going Maryland Governor

Governor-Elect Larry Hogan
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Larry Hogan says Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley is rushing to implement policies under the wire before he leaves office next month.

The Republican governor-elect said Tuesday he believes it would be better for many of the decisions to be made by newly elected officials. He says that's because Maryland voters decided to go in a different direction on Election Day. O'Malley's a Democrat.

Hogan takes office Jan. 21. He spoke to reporters after meeting with the state's five Republican county executives.

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10:42 am
Thu December 4, 2014

New Wicomico Executive Slashes Construction Bond for Elementary School

Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver (R)
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At this week’s county council meeting Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver cut bond funding for the construction of a new West Salisbury Elementary School from the county’s capital improvement budget.

The newly elected Republican slashed the $1.25 million bond from the plan along with a $1.8 million bond for construction of the Westside Collector Road and another $1 million from improvements for the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center.

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8:19 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Perilous Economy Endangers Virginia Budget

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe says Virginia's economy is in a "very perilous" situation with potential federal defense cuts looming.

McAuliffe says he's open to considering eliminating tax relief programs in order to balance the state budget.

He and state lawmakers met with heads of several large companies Monday to discuss the state's economic outlook.

House Appropriations Committee Chairman S. Chris Jones says the executives told lawmakers to be cautious in their budgeting for next year.

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8:41 am
Thu November 13, 2014

Hogan Taps Democrat to Lead on MD Budget

Robert Neal
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Republican Governor-elect Larry Hogan has tapped Democrat Robert Neall to take the lead on his budget and taxation transition team.

Neall is a former state senator, delegate and Anne Arundel county executive who became a Democrat in 1999 after saying he felt uncomfortable in the GOP.

Hogan described Neall as the most respected fiscal mind in the state of Maryland adding that nobody knows the tax and fiscal budget issue better.

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8:02 am
Tue November 11, 2014

Delaware Budget Requests Begin With the Law

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Government agency heads are asking Markell administration budget officials for additional funding in the next fiscal year.

Chief Justice Leo Strine Jr. told state budget office officials on Monday that the judicial branch would like about $3 million in additional funding in fiscal 2016 on top of the $95 million in general funds that the court system received this year. Strine says more than 80 percent additional funding would to to employee costs and technology infrastructure.

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7:47 am
Mon November 3, 2014

Delaware Budget Hearings Begin

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware budget officials are starting to lay the groundwork for developing a budget for next fiscal year.

Budget director Ann Visalli and her staff are beginning meetings this week to hear budget requests from various state agencies.

The meetings begin Wednesday with agency hearings that include the agriculture and economic development departments, and the Department of State.

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12:35 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Shortfall in Virginia State Budget

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia ended fiscal 2014 with a $438.5 million shortfall, a 1.6 percent drop from the year before.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe's administration announced the shortfall Thursday. His office did not say whether the shortfall would lead to budget cuts.

The governor signed a budget last month that had anticipated a smaller budget shortfall for fiscal 2014 of about $350 million.

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8:24 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Delaware Budget Writers Give State Employees Raise

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The legislature's budget writing committee has unanimously approved a pay raise for most state employees despite a $41 million gap between projected revenue and Gov. Jack Markell's spending plan for the fiscal year starting July 1.

Joint Finance Committee members on Tuesday voted to approve a $500 pay increase for most state employees effective Jan. 1. Overall personnel costs, including increased pension contributions and adjustments to teacher pay, would increase by about $22 million over the current year.

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11:46 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Delaware GOP Demand's Budget Cuts to Head Off Red Ink

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Delaware Republican leaders in the state legislature are demanding spending cuts to meet $41 million in red ink under Governor Jack Markell’s $3.5 billion budget.

Senate Minority leader Gary Simpson said his party was calling for a 2 percent across the board reduction for all state agencies.

And Republicans threatened to withhold their votes on the state’s annual capital budget unless cuts are made.

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7:46 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Revenue Downgrade Poses Challenge to Delaware Budget

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - State lawmakers are getting down to the business of drafting a budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1.

Members of the Joint Finance Committee will convene Tuesday to being marking up Gov. Jack Markell's proposed $3.8 billion operating budget, which is about 3 percent higher than this year's spending plan.

But lawmakers have a few hurdles in approving Markell's proposal.

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8:42 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Budget Reconcilation Begins in Annapolis

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Lawmakers tasked with reconciling the House and Senate budgets have approved a first round of minor compromises. They are saving the toughest decisions for later this week.

Representatives of both chambers gave way Monday afternoon in budget areas where the other side objected to cuts.

For instance, the committee decided to keep intact grants offered by the Maryland Tourism Development Board and funds for the child care subsidy program.

They agreed to eliminate vacant public safety positions and to cut foster care payments.

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10:14 am
Fri March 28, 2014

MD House Approves $39 Billion Spending Plan

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland House of Delegates has approved the state's $39 billion budget for the next fiscal year.

The House voted 100-38 Thursday.

Delegates decided to stick with a plan already approved by the Senate to address a significant drop in revenue estimates earlier this month by using $200 million in money that had been planned to shore up the long-term health of the state pension system. The plan calls for restoring the full $300 million above the required annual payment in several years.

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8:51 am
Thu March 27, 2014

MD House Okays Pension Money to Help Budget

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The House gave preliminary approval Wednesday to sticking with a plan already approved by the Senate to avoid cuts to education, health and other programs. The plan calls for using $200 million that had been planned to strengthen the long-term financing of the state's pension system.

Supporters say the state will gradually restore the full $300 million paid annually beyond the required payment to fully fund the state's pension system by 2039. But opponents say using the money now will cost the state more in the long run.

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7:58 am
Wed March 26, 2014

$39 Billion Budget Set for MD House of Delegates

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland House of Delegates is taking up the state's $39 billion budget.

The House on Wednesday will consider changes to budget measures that are working in tandem to balance the books for the next fiscal year.

The state Senate already has approved the measures.

The work done by the House on Wednesday will put delegates on track to pass their version of the budget legislation this week.

That will give lawmakers more than a week to work out any differences before the Maryland General Assembly adjourns April 7.

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8:33 am
Mon March 24, 2014

VA Special Session Begins on Budget

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe is set to propose a 2 percent raise for state employees when lawmakers return to Richmond for a special session in which they will try to pass a roughly $96 billion two-year budget.

McAuliffe spokesman Brian Coy said Sunday that the raise would apply to virtually all full-time state employees and would go into effect in March 2015. Coy declined to say from where the roughly $200 million to cover the raises will come.

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9:25 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Delaware Legislature Mulls Markell Budget

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Legislative budget writers are continuing their hearings on Gov. Jack Markell's proposed $3.8 billion operating budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

The Joint Finance Committee reconvenes Monday to review proposed budgets for Delaware's courts, the Department of State, and the attorney general's office.

The panel will spend the rest of the week considering spending plans for Department of Health and Social Services agencies and programs.

The JFC will hold a separate hearing next month on the Department of Transportation's operating budget.

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8:41 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Delaware Legislative Committee Reviews Governor's Budget

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The legislature's budget-writing committee is set to begin its review of Gov. Jack Markell's proposed $3.8 billion operating budget for the fiscal year starting July 1.

The Joint Finance Committee was to convene Tuesday for an overview of the budget proposal and the state's revenues. The panel will then spend the next four weeks on an agency-by-agency review of Markell's proposed budget.

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8:23 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Delaware National Guard Must Brace for Budget Cuts

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The National Guard's director is telling Delaware National Guard leaders they must maintain a ready posture despite federal budget cuts over the next decade.

The Wilmington News Journal reports Gen. Frank Grass told state Guard leaders Saturday that a federal budget deal in December provides some relief from automatic spending cuts approved by Congress. But the National Guard still expects to see its share of spending cuts.

A debate is ongoing over how to achieve spending reductions in the military while still maintaining a strong defense.

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9:00 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Delaware Lawmakers Meet Early on Next Year's Budget

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It’s not too early to start looking at the budget options for Delaware lawmakers.

And, in an expectation of more continue tough financial times ahead legislators have scheduled some early meetings on how to deal with increased costs and an expected drop in revenue.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that state revenues are projected to be $55 million short of what was allocated for the fiscal year of 2014 that ends in June of next year.

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9:03 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Delaware Governor to Sign Good Samaritan Bill

Governor Jack Markell
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Good Samaritan

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Legislation encouraging people in Delaware to report alcohol and drug overdoses without fear of being prosecuted is about to become law.

The so-called Good Samaritan bill was to be signed into law Tuesday by Gov. Jack Markell after winning unanimous approval in both the House and Senate.

Under the bill, a person reporting an overdose would be immune from prosecution for certain drug crimes even if he or she has been involved in drug-related activity.

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9:08 am
Tue June 11, 2013

First Property Tax Hike in Years for Salisbury

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The Salisbury City Council last night unanimously approved a $53 million budget that will raise property taxes for the first time in years.

The rate will go from $8.19 to $8.84 per $1000 of assessed property value.

The increase represents the revenue problem faced by Salisbury in the face of an 8 percent drop in the town’s property tax base due to the Great Recession.

There is a 2 percent pay raise for city employees and as well as money to maintain the pay increases for the police department.

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9:36 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Salisbury Property Tax Rate Expected to Go Up

Salisbury Council President Jake Day
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The Salisbury City Council is set to hold a final hearing tonight on the city’s $53 million budget that could include the town’s first property tax rate hike in years.

More than half of the nearly 11-thousand property owners would see an increase in their tax bills while the rest could see a slight decrease.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the rate will jump by 65 cents per $1-thousand of assessed property value just to keep the revenue from the property tax the same in the face of declining property values resulting from the Great Recession.

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9:07 am
Mon June 3, 2013

No Tax or Fee Hikes in Dover Budget

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A draft spending plan for Dover closes a budget gap without tax or fee hikes.

The council is expected to take its first vote on the final draft of the $132 million budget for fiscal year 2014 on Wednesday.

The plan funds raises for nonunion workers and contractual pay increases for labor groups, includes water, sewer and street improvements and cuts municipal electric rates by 11 percent. Dover officials were able to wipe out a $719,000 deficit by not filling some vacant jobs.

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8:30 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Del. Budget Committee Finishes $3.7 Billion Spending Plan

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Members of the legislature's budget writing committee have wrapped up their work on a spending plan for the fiscal year starting July 1.

The $3.7 billion operating budget approved by the Joint Finance Committee on Thursday represents a 3.6 percent increase over the current year's budget and is about $6 million higher than the budget proposed by Gov. Jack Markell in January.

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8:17 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Delaware Budget Writer Start in Earnest

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state House and Senate are taking a break while legislative budget writers start nailing down a spending plan for next year.

The Joint Finance Committee meets Tuesday to begin marking up Gov. Jack Markell's proposed a $3.7 billion operating budget for the fiscal year starting July 1. The mark-up process will continue for the next three weeks, and the House and Senate will reconvene June 4.

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9:23 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Delaware Tax Hikes Made Permanent

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state House is poised to vote on Democratic Gov. Jack Markell's proposals to make several recession-era tax increases permanent.

The bills cleared a committee Wednesday and were scheduled for votes Thursday by the full House.

Two bills keep increases in corporate franchise and estate taxes, approved in 2009, from expiring after four years - as lawmakers had said they would.

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8:47 am
Thu January 17, 2013

MD Budget Bracing for Federal Cuts


Governor Martin O’Malley says his $37 billion spending plan for the next fiscal year would boost jobs and protect the state from the financial uncertainty of deep spending cuts being considered in Washington.


The Maryland Democrat plans to increase the state’s from 5 percent to 6 percent of the state’s $16 billion general fund.


This will result in a $153 million increase in the fund bringing it to $921 million.


All told this would leave the state with about a$1.1 billion in cash reserves to make any adjustments to any federal cuts.

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8:31 am
Thu June 28, 2012

Delaware Senate Approves $3.6 Billion Budget

DOVER, Del. (AP) — The state Senate has approved an operating budget of almost $3.6 billion for the fiscal year that starts Sunday.

The state Senate voted 16 to 4 Wednesday for the fiscal 2013 spending plan, which now goes to the House.

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7:58 am
Tue June 12, 2012

Wicomico County Council Approves $117 Million Budget

On a 5-to-2 vote the Wicomico County Council approved a $117 million budget for the 2013 fiscal year including $80-thousand to help teachers buy class room supplies.

In addition, there will be a 2 percent pay increase for Sheriff’s deputies under a collective bargaining agreement with no furloughs for county employees. 

Salisbury-Wicomico Economic Development will get $20-thousand for a part-time office assistant and the State’s Attorney’s Office will receive $50-thousand for personnel.

The fire fighters will get an additional $42-thousand to pay for EMS personnel.

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