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Legislative Update

Daily during Morning Edition & All Things Considered (during General Assembly session)

Delaware Public Media Political Reporter James Dawson covers the state's General Assembly each and every day lawmakers are in session.  You can hear his in-depth reports on what's happening at Legislative Hall during both Morning Edition and All Things Considered. 

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The clock is ticking on lawmakers , who now have a week to completely erase a $350 million deficit and pass a balanced 2018 state budget.

The battleground this week was taxes, specifically raising Delaware’s personal income tax – where dueling Democratic proposals are on the table.

At the same time, other pieces of key legislation moved ahead as the countdown to June 30th and the end of work for this year reaches the home stretch.

Political reporter James Dawson was on the frontline at Leg Hall all week and visited The Green to provide  a better sense of where things stand. 


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A controversial bill that gets rid of a geographic enrollment preference for charter schools is headed to the governor’s desk.

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Nonprofits led the charge Wednesday against efforts to change Delaware’s income tax structure.

 

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House lawmakers signed off on a bill Tuesday to loosen up the Coastal Zone Act.


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A bill dismantling Delaware’s Economic Development Office and swapping it for a public-private partnership is on its way to the state Senate.


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A last-minute bump in projected revenue for next year won’t do much to cover Delaware’s budget hole.


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Democrats want to help smooth over Delaware’s budget problems by raising the state’s vice taxes.

 

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The battle over how to deliver a balanced 2018 state budget by the end of the month heated up this week, with Republican and Democratic lawmakers both drawing lines in the sand.

GOP leadership outlined a half dozen spending side demands they’re seeking in exchange for their support on any kind of tax increase to help bridge the state’s budget shortfall.

Democratic leadership called those demands "antics" and "showboating," while offering up its own new tax proposal that took Gov. Carney’s plan a step further by seeking a new bracket for higher wage earners.

Political reporter James Dawson visited The Green to help sort through all of it.


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State lawmakers have officially signed off on about half the new tax revenue floated by Gov. John Carney (D) in his proposed budget.

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Delaware’s top earners could shell out a little bit more tax money come next year should state Democrats have their way.


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