Former State Sen. Robert Venables Has Passed Away

The late State Sen. Robert Venables (photo shared by Sen. President Pro Tempore David Sokola on Facebook)
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Former longtime Delaware State Senator Robert Venables, who represented the Laurel area, has died at age 88. Venables spent 26 years in public service, and most recently ran for reelection in 2014. During part of his tenure, he chaired the powerful bond bill committee. A Democrat but a conservative, he lost to Republican Bryant Richardson…

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Del. Budgets Enacted For FY ’22

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Delaware’s operating budget and capital budget are now law for the fiscal year that starts Thursday. Governor John Carney signed the $4.7-billion FY ’22 budget (House Bill 250) into law Wednesday afternoon, as well as the bond bill (Senate Bill 200), which totals a record $1.3-billion. Carney said the budget also sets aside $286-million in…

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Capital Budget, Numerous Other Bills Go To Gov. Carney

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Delaware’s largest-ever capital budget, known as the bond bill, has passed the General Assembly. The Fiscal Year 2022 Capital Budget (Senate Bill 200) spends $1.3-billion on transportation, school construction, courthouses and other various projects across the state. Money is also allocated to libraries, state building renovations, college campus improvements, clean water projects and state parks.…

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DE Budget Bill Introduced Friday; On Tuesday’s House Agenda

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Delaware budget writers got more good news after the latest DEFAC meeting Friday. They have estimated an increase in revenues by $71.5-million compared to the forecast from last month. The State House on Friday introduced a $4.771-billion dollar budget to the General Assembly. HB 250 is $246-million more than the one it replaces. HB 251,…

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Del. Bond Bill Committee Examines Capital Budget

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Delaware lawmakers are shifting their focus to the capital budget this week. The Joint Committee on Capital Improvements is spending this week reviewing proposed capital projects for the Fiscal Year 2022 budget. Governor John Carney has proposed the largest capital bond in state history at $894-million. The hearings continue through Thursday of this week. A…

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Bond Bill, Grants-In Aid Package Passed By Del. Senate

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Two days after several lawmakers withheld voting on the Bond Bill and grants-in-aid package, the State Senate approved both packages Thursday. The Senate voted on grants-in-aid to volunteer fire departments, non-profits, senior centers and other organizations. The package totals about $54.5-million. The Bond Bill totals $708-million and funds transportation projects and investments into public schools,…

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UPDATED: Bond Bill, Grants-in-Aid Passed in State House & Senate

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UPDATED – 8:30am – On the last day of the 149th General Assembly, state lawmakers were busy.  While the FY 2019 budget was already passed, the Grant-in-Aid and Bond Bills still had to be worked in both chambers.  After a contentious first vote on the Bond Bill the House did approve the measure just before…

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Final Day of 149th General Assembly Session in Dover

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Today is the final day of the 149th General Assembly session.  The State House reconvenes at 2pm with a full agenda of items to tackle – including senior property tax, offshore drilling and direct purchase and shipment of wine – and the Bond Bill, which is still in the House Capital Infrastructure Committee.  There is…

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