UPDATED – SUNDAY, 7/2 – Delaware lawmakers will be back in session this afternoon to work on the state’s FY 2018 budget. By early Saturday morning no budget had been approved and legislation to fund the state government’s operations for 72 hours was approved and enacted into law before lawmakers adjourned around 5:20am. Lawmakers return to Dover this afternoon at 1pm.
With no budget approved by the Delaware General Assembly, Governor John Carney is urging state lawmakers to support a short-term appropriation measure that would fund the state government at FY 2017 levels for 72 hours – or 3 days. The Governor says that they have met GOP leaders more than halfway, but the Republicans are not willing to compromise.
The State Senate returned to chambers around 3am and has been working through a laundry list of legislation. The State House returned to chambers just after 4am.
Governor Carney’s Statement on General Assembly’s Failure to Pass a Budget
DOVER, Del. – Governor John Carney early Saturday morning issued the following statement on the General Assembly’s failure to reach a budget agreement:
“I’m deeply disappointed that the General Assembly has failed to reach an agreement to pass a balanced budget, and a responsible long-term financial plan. The people of Delaware expect us to responsibly do their business, and that includes working together to enact a responsible financial plan for the state. As I’ve been saying for months, we need a balanced, long-term plan that relies on spending reductions and new revenue to solve our financial challenges in a sustainable way. The fact is we met Republican leaders more than halfway. We have pledged to support real spending reductions, and fiscal reforms that would place controls on future spending. Unfortunately, Republicans have been unwilling to compromise on their ideological demands, and have not agreed to support a sustainable plan to raise new revenue. But our work will continue, and it’s time for members of the General Assembly to get serious about passing a long-term budget.”
Lawmakers early Saturday approved and Governor Carney signed Senate Bill 137, a short-term appropriation measure that will fund state government at Fiscal Year 2017 levels for 72 hours.
Senate President Pro Tempore David B. McBride’s statement on continuing state government operations for 72 hours
Senate President Pro Tempore David B. McBride issued the following statement after the passage of legislation continuing state government operations at FY 2017 levels for the next 72 hours:
While I believe we have a constitutional responsibility to pass a balanced budget, I also believe we have a moral responsibility to ensure that the budget we pass is fair and just for the people of our state. It became clear to me and other members of leadership that despite the progress made today, we were not yet in a position to deliver on our promise of a fair budget at this late hour. The budget, in its current form, is not something we can pass in this General Assembly. And nor should we, particularly when the state’s fiscal calendar gives us a handful of days to continue working to get a better deal for Delawareans without inflicting immediate pain on our residents, non-profit community, or our state employees. We know time is of the essence, and that’s why we are coming back here tomorrow to keep pushing forward.