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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware lawmakers are entering the final day of this year's legislative session with plenty of work still left to do.

While the House and Senate have passed a $4 billion operating budget for the fiscal year that starts Friday, they must still sign off on a capital budget for construction projects and a grants budget for community groups and nonprofit agencies.

Meanwhile, a controversial school redistricting plan for Wilmington backed by Gov. Jack Markell is languishing in the Senate, much to the frustration of Wilmington-area lawmakers.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - After months of warning that money is tight and even threatening funding cuts, members of the legislature's budget committee have approved almost $46 million in grants to nonprofit groups, community agencies and volunteer fire companies.

The proposed grant-in-aid budget approved Tuesday is $2 million higher than the current level of funding and Gov. Jack Markell's recommendation.

The grants package is one of three budget bills that must be approved by lawmakers each year.

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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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Nonprofits and capital projects in Delaware are looking at some serious cut in the state budget.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that lawmakers now have 40% less in grant money after the reduced projections by the Delaware Economic and Financial Advisory Council.

Originally the capital projects and the non-profits were budgeted for $74 million total but after the forecasts there is only $41 million left.

The paper reports there is uncertainty as to which programs and projects will be on the chopping block.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Some nonprofit organizations say Maryland's estate tax is driving their wealthy donors out of state during retirement. They support a new bill raising the estate tax exemption to $5.34 million per spouse.

House Speaker Michael Busch testified before the House Ways and Means Committee on this bill Wednesday. Miller filed the bill with dozens of co-sponsors.

The federal exemption is $5.34 million, and Maryland's is $1 million.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware legislative budget writers have approved $44.7 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, community groups and volunteer fire companies.

The spending plan approved by the Joint Finance Committee on Wednesday is $1.7 million higher than the $43 million recommended by Gov. Jack Markell in January.

The grants bill is the third and smallest budget bill that lawmakers pass each year, along with the operating budget and a capital budget for roads and construction projects.