Delaware Budget

Don Rush

NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - The state panel that sets Delaware's official revenue projections has given lawmakers a little more breathing room as they begin wrapping up work on a spending plan for the fiscal year that starts July 1.

The Delaware Economic and Financial Advisory Council on Monday raised its revenue estimate for the current fiscal year by $16 million compared to last month's estimate.

At the same time, the panel lowered its revenue estimate for the upcoming fiscal year by about $7 million.

Don Rush

DOVER, Del. (AP) - Members of the Delaware legislature's budget writing committee will be getting back to work after the long holiday weekend as they continue to fashion a spending plan for the fiscal year starting July 1.

The Joint Finance Committee is set to reconvene Tuesday as members continue to work through a list of about $37 million in suggested changes to Gov. Jack Markell's proposed budget that administration officials developed amid recent steady revenue declines.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware's General Assembly doesn't reconvene until January, but members of the legislature's budget-writing committee are already getting down to work.

With Delaware's economy relatively stagnant and the state's financial picture uncertain, members of Joint Finance Committee planned to meet Thursday in Dover to discuss state spending on Medicaid, one of the biggest budget expenses.


Under Governor Jack Markell’s proposed budget there will be no raises for Delaware state employees and they may be asked to pay more toward their health care benefits.

The proposals would hike deductibles as well as co-pays for certain services and doctors’ visits.

For example, some employee’s co-payments for a visit to a specialist would go up by $5 to $30 under the governor’s plan while emergency room visits on certain plans would go from $125 to $150.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that estimates say this could save the state as much as $4.8 million.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - State budget officials are continuing a series of hearing with state agencies on their funding needs for next fiscal year.

The Office of Management and Budget began its agency budget hearings earlier this week.

Officials will hear Friday from the Department of Finance, the state fire marshal's office, and the Delaware Advisory Council on Career and Technical Education.

Officials will use the input from state agencies and members of the public to fashion a proposed fiscal 2014 budget that Gov. Jack Markell will unveil in January.