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Gov. John Carney unveiled his first budget – a $4.1 billion spending plan for 2018 that evenly splits tax hikes and cuts to try to fill in a projected $386 million revenue shortfall.

Carney says “shared sacrifice” was one of his primary guiding principles, making the drafting of the plan “an exercise in making very tough decisions.”

Political reporter James Dawson covered the budget roll-out and the initial reaction and joins us to sort out the winners and losers, as well as what’s next .


Gov. John Carney unveils his 2018 budget proposal Thursday afternoon, offering his blueprint for bridging a shortfall that grew to $386 million based on Monday's latest state revenue estimate.

During the 2016 campaign and since winning the election, Carney has promised a budget “reset” that addresses the state’s long term structural budget issues and he's been holding town hall meetings across the state to discuss these issues solicit public input. 

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NPR Politics team will live blog the Senate Judiciary Committee's hearings on the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court. The live blog will include streaming video, with posts featuring highlights, context and analysis from NPR reporters and correspondents.

The NPR Two-Way blog will provide live coverage of the House Intelligence Committee’s public hearing on the investigations into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. Presidential election. The live blog will include streaming video of the proceedings, with posts featuring highlights, context and analysis from NPR reporters and correspondents.

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Lawmakers were back in Dover this week, restarting the session after a break for budget hearings.  And after a quiet start in January, things are starting to pick up.  A cabinet nominee was pulled out of limbo and some bills were  introduced.

But perhaps the most notable news this week was the latest moves made in the wake of the February prison hostage stand-off at Vaughn Correctional Facility that left one correctional officer dead.

Our political reporter James Dawson has been tracking it all and offers his perspective .

Autism Delaware holds one of its major fundraisers, the annual Walk for Autism, over the first two weekends in April.  There’s a walk in Lewes at Cape Henlopen State Park April 1st, then another a week later, April 8th, at Fox Point State Park in North Wilmington. The events are expected to draw 3,000 walkers and aim to raise $250,000 for Autism Delaware’s programs and services.

In between, Autism Delaware will be at Legislative Hall April 6th for is Smart Cookie Day, bringing families affected by autism to meet with lawmakers and advocate for legislation that can help support services to those families.

With all of that coming up, this week’s Enlighten Me focuses on Autism Delaware where we interview the organization’s public policy and community outreach director Alex Eldreth and Katina Demetriou, director of its Adult employment program, known as the POW&R program.


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Gov. John Carney put a Level 1 driving warning in effect at midnight in New Castle County only as schools there tell students and teachers to stay home Tuesday.

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