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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The State Council of Higher Education wants state lawmakers to approve funding for faculty pay increases and more financial aid.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports the council is requesting $366.3 million in the next two-year state budget.

Of that amount, $171.5 million would be used for an increase in faculty pay and $66 million in additional financial aid for students in need.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe will present his proposed budget to state lawmakers in December.

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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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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland commission that is reviewing state education funding levels is holding its third meeting.

The Maryland Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education is scheduled to meet Thursday in Annapolis.

The Maryland State Department of Education's consultants are presenting findings on public school funding to the panel.

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State Senator Harris McDowell warns that it might be time to readjust funding services provided for local governments.

The Delaware Democrat is co-chair of the state’s Joint Finance Committee examining the distribution of services.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that he noted the government is running out of tricks to balance its budget and still maintain its low tax status.

Among the key issues are the services that the state has taken on that had been funded by the counties.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Federal officials are announcing new funding for Amtrak's passenger rail system and stressing the need for continued investment in America's transportation infrastructure.

Vice President Joe Biden scheduled a stop Friday at the train station in Wilmington, Delaware, which bears his name, to announce new funding to improve infrastructure and efficiency along Amtrak's busy Northeast Corridor.

Amtrak reported ridership of 11.7 million along the Northeast Corridor in fiscal 2015, a record high.

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The clock is ticking down for this year’s legislative session in Delaware at the end of June.

The lawmakers are facing a $32 million reduction in funding for capital projects as well as non-profits and charities from the forecast at the beginning of the year.

So they will have to decide which capital improvement projects will get state money that range from construction to infrastructure.

Under the Grand-in-Aid legislation they must choose which charities and non-profits will get funding from the Grant-in-Aid bill.

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$112 million is coming Maryland’s way as part of a 2017 Senate bill funding Energy and Water Development that was approved this week.

The money will be will go to projects by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers involving the state’s waterway and infrastructure.

The projects range from $62 million for Poplar Island environmental restoration and $1 million for the Chesapeake Bay Oyster Restoration program to $1.9 million for the Chesapeake Bay Comprehensive restoration plan and $2 million for maintenance dredging of the Wicomico River.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A state committee is set to consider a variety of funding requests from local law enforcement agencies for new equipment and training.

The State Aid to Local Law Enforcement committee is scheduled to meet Tuesday, weather permitting, to consider the requests.

The largest single request comes from the Wilmington Police Department, which is seeking $35,000 for training and more than $13,000 to buy automatic external defibrillators.

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With a tight state budget one of the oldest charter schools in Delaware is struggling to find funds to expand its facilities.

Delaware Military Academy which serves 566 students wants to construct 10 classrooms as well as an athletic facility on 33-thousand square feet of land.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the school is up for renewal from the Red Clay School District.

But the paper reports that Delaware lawmakers say more charter school funding will be tough to get.

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A dispute has arisen between Congressman Andy Harris and the Easton facility for Planned Parenthood.

The Eastern Shore Republican claimed that the facility was denying women’s health care by keeping its doors open only two days a week.

But the Salisbury Daily Times reports that the group says that at one time the facility operated part-time.

However, currently it said the site is now open five days a week.

The dispute arose when Harris charged that federal dollars were pay for an empty clinic that does not delivery comprehensive care.

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