Del. School Bus Drivers May Get More Pay


Delaware school bus drivers and related school transportation programs will likely get a boost.The Delaware General Assembly’s Joint Finance Committee has voted to allocate $11.7-million to fund an increased minimum hourly rate for bus drivers. A few million more dollars would go toward administrative expenses and increasing the basic maintenance allowance.The recommendations came from the…

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Del. Budget-Writers Boost Rates For Direct Service Professionals


Direct support professionals who serve Delawareans with intellectual and developmental disabilities would be paid more starting in the new fiscal year.The Joint Finance Committee has voted to increase state funding by $16.5-million, which would result in the federal government providing an additional $27.5-million in matching funds. The appropriation in the operating budget would allow the…

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Del. Budget-Writers Restore $500 Senior Tax Credit


Delaware’s senior tax credit will be restored to $500 for the first time in five years, after it was reduced by $100 to help the state address a budget shortfall.The General Assembly’s Joint Finance Committee has voted to restore the $500 senior tax credit. Under the program, homeowners age 65 or over are eligible for…

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Raises Approved For Del. State Employees, Retirees


Members of the Delaware General Assembly’s Joint Finance Committee have approved pay increases for state workers and retirees.State employees on the lower end of the pay scale could receive raises of up to 9%. Raises are at least 2.3%. Education employees would receive a 2% increase.Also, state pensioners would receive an increase of 2-to-3%, depending…

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VIDEO | Gov. Carney Presents FY ’23 Budget


Delaware Governor John Carney has presented his Fiscal Year 2023 Recommended Budget , which will be reviewed by the General Assembly’s Joint Finance committee starting Tuesday. “We made it through the worst of the pandemic without cutting services or raising taxes. Responsibly managing our state budget is more important than ever. This budget proposal will do just…

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Rehoboth Beach Steps Up Special Meeting Schedule


The plate is getting full for the Rehoboth Beach Commissioners. In addition to their regular meetings, the board will hold several special meetings into February. Sussex County’s outfall proposal, the Wilmington and Baltimore Avenue Streetscape, the comprehensive development plan, the fiscal 2023 budget and outdoor dining are among issues to be discussed at special meetings.…

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