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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware is experiencing a growing backlog of suspected child abuse cases.

The News Journal in Wilmington reported Sunday that budget cuts have slowed investigations at the Children's Advocacy Center.

The center now has only five counselors to handle nearly 1,500 cases each year. The smaller staff has caused a delay in how soon children can be interviewed - and helped - after a case is reported.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland panel will consider Gov. Larry Hogan's proposal to cut $68 million from the state's $43.5 billion budget.

The Baltimore Sun reports that the Board of Public Works will vote on the governor's request on Wednesday.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan's administration will bring tens of millions of dollars in mid-year budget cuts to a state board next week.

David Brinkley, Hogan's budget chief, said Thursday the actions are being taken to start addressing an estimated $742 million shortfall in the next fiscal year.

A total of $86.2 million in total savings will be brought to the Board of Public Works. Of the total savings, $67.2 million will be budget reductions.

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The Appoquinimink School District will be shelling out more of its local share for some construction projects after the Delaware state budget cuts.

But the district’s finance director Chuck Longfellow told the Wilmington News Journal that there will be no effect on the taxpayers or school operations.

Under the referendum that provided local taxpayer for the construction local government was to foot 25 percent of the bill while the state was supposed to pick up the other 75 percent.

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The $26 million budget cut for public education in Delaware has sent local districts scrambling to see what they can do with less money.

WBOC reports that the Capital School District took an  $1.4 million hit but expects to avoid layoffs even as it balances its budget.

But the President of the Education Board Sean Christiansen told the television station that the cuts could force the district to authorize a referendum – the first in 13 years.

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There’s only a week left in the Delaware state legislative session.

And state Senate leaders told the Wilmington News Journal that they do not intend to hold votes on issues like hiking the minimum wage or re-instating the death penalty.

Much of the discussion is being taken up with last minute negotiations over the state budget which is facing a $350 million shortfall.

Legislative leaders say proposed tax hikes are still up in the air along propose budget cuts that proved extremely unpopular during the early going of the budgetary process.

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As Delaware lawmakers struggle to close a nearly $400 million budget deficit, educators are concerned about the hit the state's public schools might take when the wrangling is all over. One of those is Fredericka Jenner, president of the Delaware State Education Association. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush spoke with the outgoing president about the proposed cuts could have.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Democrats are proposing a new personal income tax bracket starting at $150,000 while Republicans are calling for broad fiscal reform as Delaware lawmakers continue struggling to fashion a budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

Frustration remained evident among Republican and Democratic legislative leaders Tuesday as the July 1 start of the fiscal year looms closer with no budget agreement in sight.

Republicans say Democrats don't appear to be serious about cutting state spending.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Gov. John Carney is appearing before Delaware lawmakers to outline his political agenda for the next year and his priorities for his first year in office.

Carney, who took office in January, is scheduled to speak to a joint session of the legislature on Thursday.

Among the issues he is expected to address are the budget challenges facing the state and his ideas for creating jobs and growing Delaware's economy.

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There will be cuts but no new taxes.

That’s the upshot of the $284 million operating budget put forward by New Castle County Executive Matt Meyer.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that he is proposing $194 million in spending from the general fund which amounts to a 4 percent increase.

But Meyer expects a $13 million deficit over the coming year, which he says, will be met with spending cuts as well as the county’s tax stabilization reserves.

Meyers wants to reduce overtime and reinstate premiums for Medicare retirees.