Challenges still lie ahead.
That was the assessment of Delaware Governor Jack Markell as he prepares to exit his office next week with the inauguration of Governor-elect John Carney.
During his final press conference touted progress in education and job growth.
But the biggest challenge facing his successor will be a budget shortfall of $350 million.
Markell said that the problem lies in the kind of revenue the state collects noting that money from personal income taxes has gone up.
But top legislators are expected to look at trimming the budget to close gap.
Markell says he plans to stick around the First State.
Next Tuesday Carney is scheduled to be sworn into office.