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Delaware's 10th District Senate race has seen nearly a million dollar poured into the campaign that will decide if the upper chamber will go red.  The seat was vacated by Bethany Hall-Long when she became Lt. Governor after the last election. Now, Democrat Stephanie Hansen and Republican John Marino are vying for the seat. But, there is another candidate in the race: Joe Lanzendorfer with the Libertarian Party. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush caught up with him to see how he differs from the two main contenders.

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Feb 15, 2017
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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia tax revenues surged last month, but Gov. Terry McAuliffe cautioned against assuming that the state's recent revenue swoon is over.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports McAuliffe announced Monday that revenues rose 7.4 percent in January over the previous January. He also says collections for the first seven months of the fiscal year are up 4.6 percent and ahead of the annual forecast revised in the face of last year's shortfall.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Members of the legislature's Joint Finance Committee are continuing their review of state agency budgets and spending requests as they continue to lay the foundation for a budget for the upcoming fiscal year.
    
The committee is to resume hearings Monday with presentations by the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control and the Department of Services for Children, Youth and Their Families.
    

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia state employees could be getting their biggest overall raise in nine years, but a showdown could be looming between Gov. Terry McAuliffe and some Republicans over teacher pay.

Republican budget leaders in the GOP-controlled General Assembly released their proposed budgets Sunday. Both the House and Senate versions include a 3 percent raise for state workers and an even greater pay increase for law enforcement officers and front-line mental health workers.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware lawmakers are ready to start delving into the state's budget challenges with a series of committee hearings.

The legislature's Joint Finance Committee convenes Tuesday for the start of several weeks of agency budget hearings.

After an overview and orientation, the committee will hear a presentation from the Office of Management and Budget.

Other agencies to be considered Tuesday are the Department of Technology and Information and the Department of State.

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If you have questions about your Maryland state taxes you’ll be able to get some help from a new call center located on the Eastern Shore.

Yesterday Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot along with other officials held a ribbon cutting ceremony.

He said, “I am very excited to open this call center. It’s the very first one. And we’re doing it on the Shore. Because we care about the Shore. It’s a region that the state of Maryland is lucky to have.”

The center will create some 25 jobs and is located in Salisbury University’s Sea Gull Square complex.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A leading budget analyst for Maryland's legislature is telling lawmakers they need to do more to address future state spending, especially due to uncertainties about how federal spending decisions could affect the state.

Warren Deschenaux said Gov. Larry Hogan's budget plan makes hard decisions to balance the books for the next fiscal year. But he says the Republican governor's plan to address mandated spending in future years is "relatively weak tea."

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland lawmakers say Gov. Larry Hogan is using some of the state's Rainy Day Fund to fill budget holes.

Lawmakers from both parties met at the governor's residence Tuesday morning to get a briefing on Hogan's budget proposal.

Sen. Richard Madaleno, a Democrat, says about $177 million in Rainy Day Funds help balance the budget. The fund contains more than the targeted amount of 5 percent of the state budget.

Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller says there are less cuts than lawmakers expected, and education is fully funded.

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DOVER, Del. (AP/WSCL) - Democrat John Carney has been sworn in as Delaware's 74th governor.
 
Carney and Lt. Gov. Bethany Hall-Long, also a Democrat, took their oaths of office Tuesday morning in a rain-soaked ceremony on the steps of Legislative Hall.
 

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Maryland Governor Larry Hogan (R) and top Democratic Legislative Leaders spar at Marc Steiner's Annapolis Summit as the General Assembly's 90 day session got underway this week. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush has this report.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A budget shortfall will be a top concern for Maryland lawmakers during their annual 90-day legislative session.

Lawmakers also will be weighing proposals to require paid sick leave and to either ban or extend a moratorium on the hydraulic oil and gas drilling process known as fracking.

The session begins Wednesday and ends April 10.

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The First State is facing a $350 million budget deficit as it enters the New Year.

That’s the word from the Delaware Economic and Financial Advisory Council yesterday.

This year the panel said there would be a $150 million shortfall and in the next the next fiscal year it would grow the around $200 million.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Finance Secretary Thomas Cook said that the state was at a crossroads and would have to look at restructuring its revenue portfolio.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe is set to lay out his proposed amendments to Virginia's two-year state budget.

The Democratic governor will address a joint meeting of the General Assembly's money committees on Friday.

McAuliffe announced a $1.5 billion budget shortfall this summer, which forced him to scrap planned raises for state employees and ask agency directors to plan for cuts.

The governor said late last month that the economy is improving enough to avoid some of the toughest budget cuts being considered, but didn't discuss specifics.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Democratic Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe says his budget proposal will include a 1.5 percent one-time bonus for state workers next year.

McAuliffe said Tuesday during a regular appearance on WRVA-AM's "Ask the Governor" that the bonus would be paid in December 2017. He says he's setting aside $130.6 million for the pay boost, career development and money to reduce salary compression among law enforcement.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe said the state's economy is improving and he won't have to cut as much from the state budget as previously thought.
    
McAuliffe told reporters that he and other state officials are "cautiously optimistic" about the direction of the state's economy, in part because of an increase in state payroll tax revenues in recent months.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe said the state's economy is improving and he won't have to cut as much from the state budget as previously thought.

McAuliffe told reporters Monday that he and other state officials are "cautiously optimistic" about the direction of the state's economy, in part because of an increase in state payroll tax revenues in recent months. The governor made the comments following a private meeting with state budget officials and business leaders.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The University of Delaware is seeking a modest increase in next year's operating budget from state lawmakers, pledging that any increase will go to scholarships for Delaware students.
     
UD president Dennis Assanis presented an operating budget request of $122.4 million on Friday. That's about $4 million more than the school's current general fund appropriation, which includes $10.3 million for scholarships.
    

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware's Department of Education is asking for a 7.7 percent increase in its operating budget.

Education Secretary Steven Godowsky presented state budget officials Tuesday with a budget request of about $1.49 billion, roughly $107 million higher than this year's DOE operating budget.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware budget officials are continuing to lay the groundwork for the final budget proposal by Gov. Jack Markell.

Budget director Brian Maxwell and his staff will reconvene meetings Tuesday as they hear budget requests from various state agencies.

Among the agencies making budget presentations on Tuesday are the Department of State and the economic development office.

The public hearings will continue through next week.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP)- Virginia's Medicaid program will need an additional $281 million in the current two-year budget.
    
Local news organizations report that the cost projection was disclosed to legislative budget leaders on Tuesday, two months after Gov. Terry McAuliffe revealed a $1.48 billion revenue shortfall.
    
The McAuliffe administration says the forecast is driven primarily by higher costs for services to the elderly and disabled.
    

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With the retirement of Maryland Senator Barbara Mikulski this year another woman is vying for her seat. Republican Delegate Kathy Szeliga is seeking to succeed the longest serving woman on Capitol Hill. But, she is up against Democratic Rep. Chris Van Hollen who has been a rising star in the House leadership. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush takes a look at her candidacy. 

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Democratic congressman John Carney and Republican state Sen. Colin Bonini agree that Delaware faces significant budget challenges, but the two gubernatorial candidates disagree on the approach to a solution.

At a debate Friday, Carney called for a complete budget reset, starting with a comprehensive review of both spending and revenue. He did not rule out tax increases.

Bonini, on the other hand, says Delaware has a spending problem, not a revenue problem, and that there is no need to raise taxes.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's leading budget analyst says state lawmakers and policy makers need to "get real" about addressing ongoing budget shortfalls.

Warren Deschenaux, the legislature's chief budget analyst, told a panel of lawmakers on Tuesday that the state appears to be in a period of comparatively slow economic growth. He says the state needs to trim its sails in order to accommodate that.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland lawmakers will be getting a briefing on the state budget.

Analysts with the Department of Legislative Services will give an overview on Tuesday in Annapolis. They'll be speaking to lawmakers who are on legislative committees that focus on financial issues.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is expected to announce actions to close a state budget shortfall.

The governor is set to make an announcement Thursday at Capitol Square.

McAuliffe announced a $1.5 billion budget shortfall in August, which has threatened planned raises for state employees and required state agency heads to come up with proposals for cutting their budgets by 5 percent.

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Nonprofits and capital projects in Delaware are looking at some serious cut in the state budget.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that lawmakers now have 40% less in grant money after the reduced projections by the Delaware Economic and Financial Advisory Council.

Originally the capital projects and the non-profits were budgeted for $74 million total but after the forecasts there is only $41 million left.

The paper reports there is uncertainty as to which programs and projects will be on the chopping block.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Legislative budget writers have voted unanimously to spend more than $20 million to give state government workers a pay raise.

Members of the Joint Finance Committee voted Thursday to give most state employees a pay raise of 1.5 percent or $750, whichever is greater. Gov. Jack Markell in his budget proposal had recommended a smaller raise of 1 percent, or $500.

The panel also voted to approve pay hikes for employees of the University of Delaware, Delaware State University and Delaware Technical and Community College.

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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - Lawmakers who meet this week to begin marking up Gov. Jack Markell's proposed $4 billion budget for the fiscal year starting July 1 have almost $36 million less to work with than they did last month.

The Delaware Economic and Financial Advisory Council on Monday lowered official revenue projections for the current and upcoming fiscal years by about $18 million each compared to April's estimates.

The changes were largely driven by lower expectations for personal and corporate income taxes.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia's lagging revenues could delay a 3 percent pay raise scheduled for state employees and college faculty.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that the pay raises could be affected if the state's revenues don't catch up to projections by the end of June.

Secretary of Finance Richard D. "Ric" Brown said Monday that revenue collections through April were trailing projections by 1.9 percent. The collections had also declined by 6.7 percent from the previous April.

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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - A state panel is updating Delaware's revenue forecast as the time approaches for lawmakers to begin marking up Gov. Jack Markell's proposed budget for the fiscal year starting July 1.

Monday's update follows a meeting last month in which the Delaware Economic and Financial Advisory Council lowered the official revenue projection for the current fiscal year by about $38 million.

The decline was mostly offset by a corresponding increase in the upcoming fiscal year because of an accounting change involving abandoned property.

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