Joint Finance Committee

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The legislature's budget committee is resuming its work as lawmakers continue their review of state agency requests in Gov. John Carney's proposed $4.25 billion spending proposal for next year.

The Joint Finance Committee reconvenes Monday with reviews of the state finance and agriculture departments. The committee also will hear from the state auditor's office and Delaware's elections commission.

In addition to the operating budget for fiscal 2019, which begins July 1, Carney has proposed a $677.5 million capital budget for construction projects.

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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) - Members of the legislature's Joint Finance Committee are continuing their review of state agency budgets and spending requests as they continue to lay the foundation for a budget for the upcoming fiscal year.
The committee is to resume hearings Monday with presentations by the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control and the Department of Services for Children, Youth and Their Families.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware lawmakers are ready to start delving into the state's budget challenges with a series of committee hearings.

The legislature's Joint Finance Committee convenes Tuesday for the start of several weeks of agency budget hearings.

After an overview and orientation, the committee will hear a presentation from the Office of Management and Budget.

Other agencies to be considered Tuesday are the Department of Technology and Information and the Department of State.

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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.

DOVER, Del. (AP) - Legislative budget writers have voted unanimously to spend more than $20 million to give state government workers a pay raise.

Members of the Joint Finance Committee voted Thursday to give most state employees a pay raise of 1.5 percent or $750, whichever is greater. Gov. Jack Markell in his budget proposal had recommended a smaller raise of 1 percent, or $500.

The panel also voted to approve pay hikes for employees of the University of Delaware, Delaware State University and Delaware Technical and Community College.

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Delaware state budget writers on the Joint Finance Committee will be looking for more cuts as they face lower state revenue from taxes and fees projections.

The committed eliminated the new education spending proposed by the Governor Jack Markell that would have gone to technology upgrades and teacher pay increases.

Delaware legislators also cut 1 percent from the operation budgets of the state’s higher education institutions.

In addition, money for body cameras to be used by state law enforcement in the wake recent police shootings also went by the wayside.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Legislative budget writers are vowing to work with state officials to ensure that Delaware's visually impaired children get the help they need to be successful in school.

Members of the Joint Finance Committee heard emotional testimony Tuesday from parents and children who say they are not getting the specialized instruction they need.

The head of the state Division for the Visually Impaired says his agency serves about 260 students, including about 15 who require Braille instruction or other intensive help.


There is an effort in Delaware to have the $29 million left over from the financial crisis settlement to go to the Delaware State Housing Authority.

The Delaware Housing Coalition’s Nonprofit Housing Agenda is made up of 16 groups.

And it said that giving the funds to the agency would ensure that all of the money would go toward housing.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Members of the General Assembly's budget-writing committee are ready to begin delving into Gov. Jack Markell's proposed $4.1 billion operating budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

The Joint Finance Committee was to convene Tuesday to begin a monthlong series of hearings and discussion on individual agency budget requests for fiscal 2017, which starts July 1.