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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland lawmakers will be working to put finishing touches on priority legislation before an early adjournment due to coronavirus.

The General Assembly will be in session on Tuesday. Lawmakers could take final votes to pass the state's roughly $48 billion budget for the next fiscal year.

Passing a balanced budget to pay for the state's operations is something lawmakers are required to do during their annual legislative session. Legislators are aiming to adjourn Wednesday.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) — Delaware lawmakers are continuing to hear spending requests from state agencies following Gov. John Carney's proposal last month to increase the government's operating budget by almost 4% next fiscal year.

The legislature's budget-writing committee will hear Wednesday from the Division of Public Health, the Division of Social Services and the Division of Medicaid and Medical Assistance.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia state employees and public school teachers could soon be getting raises and bonuses.

Money committees in both the state House and Senate on Sunday unveiled their proposed versions of a two-year and more than $135 billion state spending plan.

Both contain larger proposed raises than what Gov. Ralph Northam had proposed.

Each chamber will now vote on its version of a state budget before trying to reconcile their differences before the legislative session ends next month.


(AP) Delaware lawmakers are set to hear spending requests from state agencies following Gov. John Carney's proposal to increase the government's operating budget by almost 4% next fiscal year.

The legislature's budget-writing committee convenes Tuesday for the first in a series of hearings on agency budget requests.

The committee will hear first from representatives of the Office of Management and Budget and the state departments of human resources and finance.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has highlighted funds to fight crime, improve education and protect the environment in his budget plan.

The Republican governor held a news conference Tuesday to talk about highlights in his $47.9 billion budget proposal for the next fiscal year, which begins in July.

The governor is releasing his entire budget Wednesday.

The General Assembly, which is controlled by Democrats, will have the rest of the legislative session to work on the budget before adjourning April 6.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is proposing nearly $100 million in new funding to help at-risk preschoolers.

Northam announced Tuesday that his budget proposal for the upcoming legislative session includes a proposed $94.8 million in new funding for early education efforts.

Passing a two-year state spending plan will be a top priority for the General Assembly during the 2020 session. During last month's legislative elections, voters gave Democrats full control of the General Assembly for the first time in a generation.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is proposing about $22 million for efforts to improve health outcomes for mothers and babies and reduce the racial disparity in the state's maternal mortality rate.

Northam announced Monday that his budget proposal for the upcoming legislative session includes funding to expand Medicaid coverage for new moms and increase home visits from care providers.

Funding is also included to study the possibility of Medicaid reimbursement for doula services and to increase access to long-acting contraception.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Senate lawmakers in Delaware have given final approval to a $4.45 billion operating budget for the fiscal year that starts next Monday

Democratic Gov. John Carney was expected to sign the fiscal 2020 budget Tuesday following the Senate's endorsement in a 20-to-1 vote.

The budget is about 4.2% higher than this year's budget, an increase greater than what Carney had proposed in January.

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Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver says he will ask the County Council for money from its contingency fund to help fill a budget gap for the MAC Senior Center.

The center is facing a cut in state funding for its nutritional program that could affect as many as a hundred seniors by July.

WBOC reports that the council is expected to discuss the issue at its June 18th meeting.

Culver is also urging the community to step up to help support the program.

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Dover residents could see an 8.6 percent increase I their property taxes.

It’s part of the $43.6 million general fund budget that begins with the fiscal year in July.

WBOC reports that the money would go the pay for such things as additional staffing for code enforcement, street maintenance and stormwater control.

The city council voted this week to move the measure for consideration at a meeting in June.

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It was a passionate budget meeting last night as Mardela residents asked Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver to restore funding for renovations at the local middle school and high school.

WBOC reports that Culver did fully fund the maintenance of effort supported by Superintendent Donna Hanlin to up teacher salaries and begin universal pre-K.

But that came at the cost of the money Mardela residents wanted for the renovations.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has signed off on a new state budget without vetoing a section that blocks the state from participating in a carbon cap-and-trade program.

The Democratic governor signed the budget Thursday. He said he was disappointed the GOP-led General Assembly put in language effectively prohibiting Virginia from joining the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.


Kent County officials have finalized their $31 million general fund budget for the next fiscal year.

WBOC reports they do it without raising property taxes.

But the Levy Court Commissioners are looking at upping the utility rates with an eye toward major maintenance work on the aging water and sewer system.

A final vote on the spending plan is expected early next month.

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There are no new taxes in the budget for the city of Salisbury.

It’s the third straight year that Mayor Jake Day has kept from raising taxes in his spending plan.

In addition, the Salisbury Daily Times reports that there will be no increase in water or sewer rates.

The city will be adding 12 new firefighters through a grant that will allow the three fire stations to be open 24/7.

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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - Delaware's official government revenue estimates continue to climb as the time nears for lawmakers to begin marking up a proposed $4.4 billion operating budget for next year.

The Delaware Economic and Financial Advisory Council on Monday increased its revenue estimate for the current fiscal year by $37.9 million compared to its March estimate.

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The Maryland General Assembly closed out its ninty-day session this month with the passing House Speaker Michael Busch. Delmarva Public Radio spoke with Len Lazaarick, editor and publisher of marylandreporter.com about its impact and what was accomplished this year.


ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland General Assembly has given final approval to the state's $46.6 billion budget for the next fiscal year.

The Senate voted 47-0 and the House voted 122-13 for the legislation.

It includes $255 million in extra education funding to start implementing a state commission's recommendations to improve schools. That's not as high as the $320 million the House of Delegates had hoped for, but lawmakers had to account for a recent drop in state revenue estimates. In total, there is about $7 billion in education funding.

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The $375 million budget from New Castle County Executive Matt Meyer is in and there are no new taxes.

Most of that is the $300 million operational budget that will see a 3 percent increase of $9 million.

That will go for personnel costs which should go up by around 3-to-4 percent.       

But this does not mean property owners won’t see their taxes go up.

Under a tax bill property owners will see a 15 percent increase that will be phased in over a two year period.

MD House Takes Up Budget

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's budget legislation with added education funding has advanced in the House of Delegates.

The House gave preliminary approval Wednesday to the state's spending plan for the next fiscal year.

It includes about $320 million to begin supporting recommendations from a state commission on education. It also has about $500 million for school construction.

Del. Maggie McIntosh, who chairs the House Appropriations Committee, says the budget is balanced and "great for Maryland's children."

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland House of Delegates will be discussing the state budget, which includes increased education funding.

The House will take up the budget measure Wednesday. It includes about $320 million for the next fiscal year to begin supporting recommendations from a state commission on education. It also includes about $500 million for school construction.

Del. Maggie McIntosh, who chairs the budget committee, says it was a challenge after revenue projections recently were reduced.

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(AP) President Donald Trump is trying again to slash federal cleanup funding for major U.S. waterways, including the Great Lakes and Chesapeake Bay.

The budget proposes a 90 percent cut cleanup efforts in the Chesapeake Bay and would eliminate restoration funding for the Gulf of Mexico, Lake Champlain, Long Island Sound, South Florida, San Francisco Bay and Puget Sound.

Trump sought similar cutbacks in his previous budgets but Congress rejected them.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Embattled Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is asking lawmakers to pass a state budget that has a "greater focus on the issues of equity."

Northam met with a group of lawmakers Thursday to discuss his spending plan.

The Democratic governor also sent a letter to key members of the GOP-led General Assembly outlining his priorities. Top among them, Northam says, are increased funding for struggling schools and more spending to lower the number of evictions.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia's state House and Senate are working on competing versions of the state budget as a deadline approaches.

The Richmond Times Dispatch reports the House Appropriations approved its revised two-year budget that includes extra money for teacher and state employee pay, an offer of money to colleges and universities to forestall tuition increases. It also includes down payments on high-tech education initiatives for Amazon and the state's growing technology business sector.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Democratic Gov. John Carney is proposing an increase in Delaware's operating budget of almost 4 percent next fiscal year, boosting spending to more than $4.4 billion dollars.

The budget proposal unveiled by Carney on Thursday includes another pay raise for state employees equal to the raises they received this year, and tens of millions in new spending targeting disadvantaged students in public schools.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has given a preview of the state's $46.6 billion budget plan for the next fiscal year.

Hogan outlined his proposal Wednesday at a news conference. He says there's $6.9 billion for K-12 education. He's also proposing a new fund to create $3.5 billion for school construction over five years.

Hogan is proposing about $248 million in general funds for prevention and treatment of drug addiction. That's a 20 percent increase over the amount in the last budget to fight drug addiction.

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Governor Larry Hogan was sworn in yesterday doing something that has not been done in decades – becoming a Republican to win a second term in office.

During his inaugural address Hogan said that he wants to seek the "middle ground where we can all stand together" in his second term.

Hogan emphasized bipartisanship on Wednesday in his second inaugural address and contrasted civil debate in Annapolis with the partisan rancor in nearby Washington.

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The Maryland legislative session has begun amid a partial federal government shutdown and a $1 billion budget surplus. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush spoke with state Comptroller Peter Franchot who indicated he may even look at the top job in the state in the next few years.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam wants to increase state spending on efforts to clean up the Chesapeake Bay and improve the state's water quality.

Northam announced parts of his upcoming state budget plan Wednesday related to water issues.

The Democratic governor wants to increase funding for a program meant to help farmers improve water quality. He's also proposing to boost funding for a fund that helps cities and suburbs reduce pollution from storm-water runoff.

Northam said the spending would speed up efforts to clean up the Chesapeake Bay.

Delaware State Revenue Up

Sep 18, 2018
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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - Delaware's official government revenue forecast has inched up as state officials begin laying the groundwork for developing a budget proposal for next year.

The Delaware Economic and Financial Advisory Council on Monday boosted the revenue estimate for this year by $27.4 million compared to its previous estimate in June. The panel increased its forecast for next year, fiscal 2020, by $12.2 million.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia collected $550 million more than expected in revenues last fiscal year.

Gov. Ralph Northam announced the surplus Thursday. He said it was an encouraging sign of economic momentum in the state.

The surplus was attributable to increases in income tax payments. A strong stock market and a boost in federal defense spending are likely major factors for that growth.

Lawmakers have already set aside the surplus to replenish the state's rainy day fund.

The extra money comes at a fortuitous time for Virginia.