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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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DOVER, Del. (AP) - House lawmakers in Delaware have unanimously approved a $4.45 billion operating budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1.

The bill was approved Thursday evening and now goes to the state Senate.

The proposed budget is about 4.2% higher than this year's budget, an increase greater than what Democratic Gov. John Carney proposed.

The spending plan includes pay raises of $1,000 for most state employees and 2% for teachers, an increase of about $34 million to the pay raises that government workers received this year.

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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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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is calling on lawmakers to raise teacher pay and extend tax breaks to low-income families.

The Democratic governor addressed the GOP-controlled legislature Wednesday, the start of the 2019 legislative session.

Northam also proposed decriminalizing marijuana, extending high-speed internet access in rural areas and allowing no-excuse early voting.

The session is likely to be dominated by debate over tax policy and what to do with a projected windfall in state revenues due to a 2017 federal tax overhaul.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is proposing to give teachers a 5 percent pay boost next year.

The governor outlined parts of his upcoming state budget proposal Tuesday that would increase funding for K-12 education and shore up the state's rainy day fund.

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Maryland’s top education panel says that the state’s teachers need a pay raise.

WBOC reports that the Kirwan Commission noted currently Maryland educators are making 84 cent compared the dollar in similar professions.

It is recommending at least a 10-percent raise with a minimum teacher annual salary of $60-thousand by the year 2024.

The commission noted that while Maryland has added 385 teachers since 2007 it has seen an additional 40-thousand students enrolled in its schools.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The Delaware House has given final approval to a $4.27 billion operating budget for the fiscal year starting Sunday.

The budget bill passed unanimously Tuesday and now goes to Democratic Gov. John Carney, who is expected to sign it Thursday.

The bill represents a 4 percent increase over this year's budget. It includes $26 million for pay raises of $1,000 for most state employees and 2 percent for teachers, and millions more than Carney proposed in areas including disability services, special education and school transportation.

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Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver wants an additional $750-thousand for in a onetime appropriation for schools.

He told the Salisbury Daily Times he would like to see that money go toward school security.

Culver said that the county contribution to the Board of Education would total $43.6 million to main the same per-student amount spent each year.

It’s part of his $151 million operating budget which is an increase of 4.5 percent over the last fiscal year.

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The Salisbury City Council has overridden Mayor Jake Day’s vote of a measure that hikes the salaries of city elected officials in 2019.

The vote was unanimous.

The vote means that the pay for Mayor will double from $25-thousand to $50-thousand while the pay for city council members inches up by a few thousand dollars with the council president reaching $15-thousand.

Day said he did not feel comfortable approving a raise for the Mayor’s job when he expected to run for re-election next year.

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Mayor Jake Day has vetoed a measure that would have raised the salaries of Salisbury elected officials.

Day said that because he planned on running for re-election next year he did not want to approve his own pay raise.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Council President Jack Heath plans to put the issue on the agenda for next week’s work session.

It takes four votes to override the mayor’s veto.

Under the ordinance the mayor’s salary would double from $25-thousand to $50-thousand.

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The Mayor and City Council members of Salisbury will be getting a raise.

The council this week gave their final approval to hike the salary for the mayor from $25-thousand a year to $50-thousand a year.

Council members will get a bump from $10-thousand to $12-thousand while the president of the council will go from $12-thousand to $15-thousand.

The pay hikes will not take effect until after the city elections next year.

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The Worcester County public school teachers will be getting a raise next year.

It will be a 1 percent cost of living increase.

In addition, there will be no staff cuts.

That’s the unanimous decision by the Board of Education when they approved their budget yesterday.

School Superintendent Louis Taylor told the Salisbury Daily Times that this would help hire and retain the highest quality of instructors.

Meanwhile, negotiations between the school board and Worcester County Teachers Association have been completed.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia state employees could be getting their biggest overall raise in nine years, but a showdown could be looming between Gov. Terry McAuliffe and some Republicans over teacher pay.

Republican budget leaders in the GOP-controlled General Assembly released their proposed budgets Sunday. Both the House and Senate versions include a 3 percent raise for state workers and an even greater pay increase for law enforcement officers and front-line mental health workers.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Democratic and Republican lawmakers have joined together in calling for the House and Senate to reject a state panel's recommendations of higher salaries for legislators, judges and high-ranking state officials.

Fifty of the 62 lawmakers in the General Assembly signed on as co-sponsors to a resolution introduced Wednesday to reject the recommendations of the Delaware Compensation Commission.

Lawmakers say the pay raises are ill-advised at a time when the state officials have said Delaware is facing a budget shortfall of about $350 million.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware lawmakers are poised to begin this year's legislative session by rejecting pay raises for themselves and other state officials.

Senate and House members convene Tuesday for the start of the 149th session of the General Assembly.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Legislative budget writers have voted unanimously to spend more than $20 million to give state government workers a pay raise.

Members of the Joint Finance Committee voted Thursday to give most state employees a pay raise of 1.5 percent or $750, whichever is greater. Gov. Jack Markell in his budget proposal had recommended a smaller raise of 1 percent, or $500.

The panel also voted to approve pay hikes for employees of the University of Delaware, Delaware State University and Delaware Technical and Community College.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia's lagging revenues could delay a 3 percent pay raise scheduled for state employees and college faculty.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that the pay raises could be affected if the state's revenues don't catch up to projections by the end of June.

Secretary of Finance Richard D. "Ric" Brown said Monday that revenue collections through April were trailing projections by 1.9 percent. The collections had also declined by 6.7 percent from the previous April.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia lawmakers are set to give themselves potentially significant pay raises by boosting their take-home for attending official meetings when the legislature is not in session from $200 to $300 a day.

A new budget proposal set to be approved Friday includes $213,065 extra each year for the pay bump, which amounts to about $1,500 extra per lawmaker a year.

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Governor Jack Markell gave is last state of the state address yesterday hailing the changes that have taken place as Delaware emerges from the Great Recession.

The Delaware Democrat said the state must still evolve calling for higher pay for teachers and to meet the changing economy he wanted to expand job training programs.

In addition, he said it was time to revamping health care coverage for state employees.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Lawmakers are returning to Richmond to kick off the 2016 legislative session and to hear Gov. Terry McAuliffe's State of the Commonwealth speech.

The Democratic governor is entering his third year in office and will be seeking support from state lawmakers to support his $109 billion proposed budget that includes a billion-dollar increase in education spending, small corporate and individual tax cuts, and a 2 percent raise for state employees.

He delivers his third State of the Commonwealth address Wednesday night.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is proposing a billion dollar increase in education spending, small tax cuts, and a 2 percent raise for state employees.

The Democratic governor is also renewing his long-shot push to convince the GOP-controlled General Assembly to approve an expansion of Medicaid.

McAuliffe unveiled his $109 billion two-year budget proposal Thursday at the Capitol. He says he took a conservative approach to spending that will help improve Virginia's long-term economic outlook.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe plans to detail how he wants the state's $109 billion budget spent over the next two years.

McAuliffe is set to outline his budget plan to state lawmakers Thursday at the Capitol.

The Democratic governor has already outlined some of his budget priorities, which include cutting the corporate tax rate and giving state employees a 2 percent raise.

Higher-than-predicted tax revenues have given McAuliffe more leeway in crafting his budget. 

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe says his forthcoming budget proposal will include a 2 percent pay raise for state workers, college faculty, school teachers and other public employees.

McAuliffe made the announcement Thursday during a regular appearance on WRVA's "Ask the Governor" radio show.

The governor is set to unveil his two-year budget plan on Dec. 17. It will be the starting point of negotiations with the GOP-controlled General Assembly.

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The fight over the education budget in Worcester County was expected to see teachers at Snow Hill High School begin working to the rule.

They met on a grassy knoll where buses drop off students in the morning and are protesting the lack of a pay raise yet again.

Worcester County officials say that there is no money for the $4 million budget increase request by school Superintendent Jerry Wilson.

The county faces a $22 million short fall and it is trying to partially close that with a six cent tax hike.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - State employees and public school teachers would get a small pay increase under new budget proposals.

Both chambers of the GOP-controlled General Assembly unveiled proposed budgets Sunday that include varying levels of raises for state workers between 1.5 percent and 3 percent.

The Senate is proposing slightly higher pay increases for state employees than the House.

Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe did not include across-the-board pay increases for state employees in the budget he proposed in December, but has said he supports them.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The legislature's budget writing committee has unanimously approved a pay raise for most state employees despite a $41 million gap between projected revenue and Gov. Jack Markell's spending plan for the fiscal year starting July 1.

Joint Finance Committee members on Tuesday voted to approve a $500 pay increase for most state employees effective Jan. 1. Overall personnel costs, including increased pension contributions and adjustments to teacher pay, would increase by about $22 million over the current year.

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The Salisbury City Council is expected to take up a 12 percent pay hike during its next formal meeting.

During its work session yesterday Council President Jake Day pushed an informal vote to move the measure along.

But with reelection looming next year for all the council members and the Mayor there could be a symbolic problem.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that council member Tim Spies noted the economy still struggling and he does not expect it to get any better anytime soon.

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Salisbury's nearly 400 city employees will be getting a pay increase in January.

The city council approved a measure that will take savings from a previous budget for the pay hikes.

The vote comes after a $40-thousand study by Evergreen Solutions LLC that found 80 percent of city employees earn less than the mid-point of their pay ranges.

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Mayor Jim Ireton has given the Salisbury the city council a proposal to increase wages.

Mayor Ireton says it's about getting to the average of what everybody who does these positions throughout the mid-Atlantic region is making."

In August the Salisbury Daily Times reported that 80 percent of Salisbury's nearly 4,000 city employees earn less than the midpoint of their pay ranges.

This comes after his office found more than a million dollars in savings, 700,000 of which will be allocated to the wage increases.

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