That’s a Wrap: 151st Del. General Assembly Concludes

Governor John Carney and legislators gathered following the end of the 151st Delaware General Assembly (photo courtesy of the office of Gov. John Carney)
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The curtain has come down on the 151st Delaware General Assembly.Members of the House and Senate stayed in session after midnight to meet constitutional requirements to have a special session if it’s necessary. “We’ve done a lot this legislative session to move the state forward,” Governor John Carney said. “We’ve signed a sustainable budget. We…

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Del. Grants-in-Aid Packages Totals $69.1-Million

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On the final day of the Delaware General Assembly session, lawmakers approved a Grants-in-Aid bill that sets a new record: $69.1-million. The annual part of the budget provides funding for fire companies, EMS squads, senior centers, veterans groups and other community organizations and non-profits. Organizations are involved in a wide range of services: mental health…

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Wicomico Co. Council Sets Special Legislative Session For Tue. Apr.26th

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Wicomico County Council has scheduled a special legislative session and open budget session for next week.Legislation to establish a law enforcement review board of the county code may be called for final reading and consideration, following that day’s public hearing.A resolution to amend the Fiscal Year 2022 Capital Budget and Fiscal ’22 Capital Improvement plan…

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Md. Gas Tax Targeted As State Revenues Surge

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Maryland revenue projections for the current and upcoming fiscal years have been revised upward by $1.6-billion, prompting more calls to provide Marylanders with tax relief. The Maryland Board of Revenue Estimates (Comptroller Peter Franchot, Treasurer Dereck Davis and Budget Secretary David Brinkley) voted Thursday to increase revenue projections to $22.5-billion for Fiscal Year 2022, up…

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Del. Delegation: First State To Receive $97-Million Through Appropriations Bill

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An appropriations bill making its way through Congress would direct $97-million to Delaware for various projects.Schools, higher education, small business, healthcare and infrastructure-related projects and organizations would get support under the legislation, according to Senator Tom Carper, Senator Chris Coons and Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester (all Delaware Democrats) The chairs of the Senate and House…

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VIDEO | Gov. Carney Highlights Education, Budget Stability, Workforce, Support For Family Leave In State Of The State Address

Gov. John Carney delivered his 2022 State of the State Address Thursday (photo courtesy of the office of Gov. John Carney)
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Governor John Carney stressed budget sustainability, workforce development, housing, education and the environment among other priorities as he delivered his 2022 State of the State Thursday afternoon to a joint session of the Delaware General Assembly. Carney also touched upon the state’s ongoing commitment to expand access to broadband internet More spending specifics will come…

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VIDEO | Md. Gov. Hogan Presents FY ’23 Budget

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As he begins his final year in office, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan Wednesday presented his Fiscal Year 2023 budget plan – a plan he said would provide major tax relief for retirees and working families, makes record investments into education and school construction, and boosts the state’s Rainy Day fund. Hogan also said the budget…

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Report On Del. Government Efficiency Details Accomplishments, Makes Recommendations

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Delaware is making strides to improve government efficiency and accountability, according to the fifth GEAR Report released Thursday by Governor John Carney. To read the report, please CLICK HERE “Even while facing the challenges of a global pandemic, under the umbrella of GEAR, agencies throughout State government have worked to improve quality and efficiency in…

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Berlin Mayor Vetoes Council’s Amended Budget

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Berlin Mayor Zack Tyndall has vetoed the amended budget approved by the town council last week. Tyndall says he proposed a balanced FY22 budget – keeping the tax rate the same and including capital projects and contributions to build up the town’s depleted reserve funds. However, the council approved a seven-page amendment to the Mayor’s…

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Video | Md. Outlines Plans To Spend $3.9-Billion In Rescue Funds

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Leaders of the Maryland General Assembly and Governor Larry Hogan announced a bipartisan budget agreement Wednesday for spending of $3.9-billion coming to the state from the American Rescue Plan. Priorities include shoring up Maryland’s unemployment insurance system, expanding broadband, helping schools reopen and putting Marylanders to work on transportation improvements and other infrastructure projects. “I…

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Rehoboth Commissioners Approve $27.7-m Budget for FY 2021-22

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The Rehoboth Beach commissioners, at their virtual regular meeting Friday, March 19, 2021, voted to approve a $27.7 million balanced budget for the 2021-22 fiscal year that begins April 1, 2021.  “Presenting a balanced budget to the Mayor and Commissioners is one of the most important and time-consuming parts of any city administrator’s job,” said City Manager…

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GOP Lawmakers React To Carney Budget

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“The devil is in the details.” State Senate Minority Whip Brian Pettyjohn, R- Georgetown, summarized the work ahead for lawmakers as the Joint Finance Committee prepares to examine Governor John Carney’s $4.7-billion dollar budget proposal for the fiscal year that begins July 1st. Pettyjohn said he was glad to see that Carney would continue with…

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VIDEO : Carney Proposes $4.7-B FY ’22 Budget

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Governor John Carney Thursday proposed a Fiscal Year 2022 operating budget of just over $4.7-billion, with a record-setting capital budget of $894-million and containing grants-in-aid of $55-million. Despite the challenges of operating during the COVID-19 pandemic, Carney said the spending plan continues investments into rebuilding the economy, investing in schools and strengthening communities. Economic development,…

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Del. General Assembly Names New Budget Team

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Delaware has a new leadership team in the area of fiscal policy with the General Assembly. Ruth Ann Jones has been appointed Controller General, and Bert Scoglietti of the office of Management and Budget has been named Deputy Controller General. “Ruth Ann’s distinguished career in public service and state government, including serving as a close…

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Drop In Ferry, Bridge Traffic Reflected In DRBA Budget

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The Delaware River and Bay Authority has adopted its operating budgets heading into 2021, cutting proposed spending by nearly two-percent. The COVID-19 pandemic has had what’s called a significant negative impact on revenues for the agency, which operates the Cape May – Lewes Ferry, the Delaware Memorial Bridge, and associated police and services. Traffic was…

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Md. Medevac Services Saved From Budget Cuts

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Maryland will keep all of its State Police Aviation Command bases open, after considering closing one base due to budget reductions that were approved by the Board of Public Works. Governor Larry Hogan and Maryland State Police Superintendent Colonel Woodrow Jones III say negotiations with state budget officials ensured that funding would be available. “For…

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Md. Budget Supports Addiction Resources Locally

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Local programs that see first-hand the effects of the opioid addiction and overdose crisis are getting support in the Maryland fiscal year 2021 budget. Allocations include nearly $184,000 to support the legal needs of children and families who have been impacted by the opioid crisis. Nearly $179,000 will go towards a behavioral health coordinator, youth…

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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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Sussex Co. Council Holds Public Hearing on FY ’21 Budget

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Sussex County Council goes back into session today. AGENDAhttps://sussexcountyde.gov/sites/default/files/agendas/062320.pdf The meeting, which can be observed online, will include a public hearing on the county’s proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2021. Council members will also get an update from County Administrator Todd Lawson on reopening procedures. They’ll also consider a variety of grant requests. The Sussex…

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