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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Members of the legislature's budget-writing committee are getting ready this week to begin reviewing Democratic Gov. John Carney proposed $4.25 billion spending plan for next year.

The Joint Finance Committee is set to convene Tuesday to begin its consideration of Carney's proposed operating budget for fiscal 2019, which starts July 1.

The committee will begin its work with an overview of statewide revenues before examining individual agency requests, including those from the Office of Management and Budget and the Department of Human Resources.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Democratic Gov. John Carney wants to increase Delaware's state operating budget by 3.5 percent next year, an election year proposal that includes pay raises for teachers and other state employees, more money for roads and buildings, and the restoration of cuts in grant funding to nonprofit organizations.

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The Maryland legislative session began this week with battled expected to erupt between Republican Governor Larry Hogan and the Democratically led General Assembly. Todd Eberly, associate professor of political science at St. Mary's College assesses the issues as the state heads into an election year.

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In his State of the State address Governor John Carney told lawmakers that they must come together to solve the budget issues that are now facing the First State.

The Delaware Democrat said that they must also find ways to improve the economy and bring better education to the state’s children.

The governor warned lawmakers not to use one-time revenue shortfalls but rather focus on structural budgetary reforms.

Carney called for additional funding next year for to hire nearly 200 teachers to deal with the increase in the number of students attending school.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Two Maryland senators have publicly argued over a decision by the legislature's top leaders to skip the governor's breakfast on the state's budget.

Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller announced Wednesday in the Senate that leading Democrats didn't feel they needed to attend, because Gov. Larry Hogan already briefed certain people and announced highlights at a news conference Tuesday.

Republican Sen. J.B. Jennings, the Senate minority leader, says the state has big issues before it and "not having some people there made it a little tougher."

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan is providing some highlights of his budget proposal.

Hogan said Tuesday it will include about $6.5 billion for K-12 education, a record amount for the state.

Hogan says every single school system in Maryland will see increased funding. The governor says the state is investing an additional $365 million more in school construction, bringing the total to $1.4 billion.

The budget also contains $1.38 billion for the University of Maryland, an increase over last year.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Democratic lawmakers tried unsuccessfully to strong-arm Republicans late Thursday as an impasse over a budget for the fiscal year starting Saturday continued to escalate.

Amid public criticism and partisan bickering over a decision by the Democratic-led budget committee Wednesday to zero out spending for an annual package of grants to nonprofit groups, community agencies and volunteer fire companies, Democrats drafted a bill to both restore that funding and increase personal income taxes to pay for it.

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Education and non-profits are taking a hit in Delaware’s budget process.

The Joint Finance Committee has voted to slash $27 million for the state’s public schools.

In addition, the committee has approved eliminating state grants-in-aid for non-profits.

Those were just some of the largest cuts approved by the budget writing panel.

But the Wilmington News Journal reports that Democrats are hoping to still persuade Republicans to go along with some tax hikes to close a $350 million budget shortfall.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Legislative budget writers are scheduled to resume their work as negotiations between Republican and Democratic leaders over a spending plan for the fast-approaching fiscal year have stalled.

The General Assembly's Joint Finance Committee was set to convene Wednesday, after a scheduled meeting on Tuesday failed to materialize.

Lawmakers are facing a gap of more than $350 million between estimated revenue and proposed spending for the fiscal year starting Saturday, according to Democratic Gov. John Carney's administration.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - House lawmakers are giving initial consideration to host of proposals by Democratic lawmakers to increase taxes on Delawareans to help balance the state budget.

Among the bills up for discussion Wednesday in a House committee is a proposal to raise income tax rates across the board, eliminate itemized deductions and increase the standard deduction, and creating a new tax bracket for income above $150,000.

The committee also will consider a competing proposal to create two new tax brackets at $125,000 and $250,000.

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