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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

Governor Terry McAuliffe
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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

Credit Don Rush

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

Credit Don Rush

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

Credit Don Rush

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

Governor Jack Markell (D-De)
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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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8:23 am
Tue June 5, 2012

Top Delaware Legislative Committe Wraps Up Budget

DOVER, Del. (AP) - Members of the General Assembly's budget writing committee have wrapped up their work on an operating budget for the fiscal year starting July 1.

With only a few minor details remaining, members of the Joint Finance Committee closed the books Monday on a $3.58 billion budget for fiscal 2013, $78 million above this year's budget and slightly higher than Gov. Jack Markell's proposed 2013 budget.

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8:17 am
Tue June 5, 2012

Somerset County Spending Plan Has No Fee or Tax Hikes

Somerset County Commissioners are set to adopt a $35.9 million spending plan that keeps the property tax rate at 88.37 cents per $100 of assessed property value.

Property taxes make up the largest portion of revenues to the county at 39 percent of the budget.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the spending plan also includes $480-thousand to cover teacher retirements for the first time.

But that amount has been offset by an increase in the State disparity grant to the county which will rise from $4.9 million this year to $5.2 million next year.

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8:47 am
Mon June 4, 2012

Wicomico County Council Takes Budget Hearings on the Road

 

The Wicomico County Council will make its annual trek outside its usual chambers to get public input on the local government’s budget.

Council President Joe Holloway told the Salisbury Daily Times that he expected a strong presence from the Board of Education and local residents.

In years past the public hearing has lasted hours with many coming up to the microphones to voice their concerns.

Last year the meeting drew 75 people with a contentious debate over the proposed 5-cent increase in property tax rate.

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9:13 am
Wed May 23, 2012

Ocean City Lowers Property Tax Rate in New Budget

Ocean City’s 2013 fiscal budget that lowers the property tax rate by a penny and dips into the resort’s reserve funds to make up the difference got a slim majority of the Town Council.

Council members Jim Hall, Joe Hall, Brent Ashley and Margaret Pillas cast their votes for the spending plan that includes A 45.85 cent tax rate on $100 of assessed property value.

Council members Lloyd Martin, Doug Cymek and Mary Knight opposed the budget saying they did not want to take the $860-thousand from the reserve fund.

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9:07 am
Mon April 30, 2012

Wicomico County Takes Up Budget

 

The Wicomico County Council is set to take up the 2013 fiscal year budget on Tuesday night after a two week delay.

Among the cuts the County  liability for pensions that should produce a $767,000 savings.

The County Executive was given a delay in presenting the budget to assess the impact of the state’s budget problems.   

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11:30 am
Fri April 13, 2012

O'Malley Accepts Some Blame for Budget Impasse

 

      ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley says he accepts part of the blame for the breakdown that led to $512 million in cuts instead of new tax revenues and alternative savings in state spending.

     O'Malley, who spoke on WTOP Thursday, said "we all hold blame," referring to himself and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller and House Speaker Michael Busch.

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12:09 pm
Mon March 26, 2012

Virginia Lawmakers Face Abortion Issue in Budget Debate

 

       RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Virginia Senate reconvenes Monday with expectations running high that it will finally pass a version of the state budget.

     The sticking point will be an amendment to be offered by Senate Democrats that would require insurance companies to pay for pre-abortion ultrasounds that will be mandatory under a Republican-backed law passed this year.

     The state would also pay the ultrasound costs for uninsured women.

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