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Budget 2018

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Delaware’s legislative year ended in unprecedented fashion. Without a budget deal,  lawmakers blew past the June 30th deadline for passing a spending plan. A continuing resolution allowed them to come up with a compromise, combining increases in the realty transfer, alcohol and tobacco taxes to avoid Draconian cuts to education, health and social services and grants to non-profits, volunteer fire companies and others.

So how did the budget get to the finish line,  and what else did or did not get happen as the budget talks overshadowed almost everything at Legislative Hall. Political reporter James Dawson helps us to sort it out. 

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After forging a new tax deal late Sunday night while operating under an unprecedented continuing budget resolution, Delaware lawmakers balanced their $4.1 billion spending plan through boosts to real estate, alcohol and tobacco taxes.


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Delaware lawmakers are entering into uncharted territory – funding government operations for another three days as they try to find common ground on a budget that’s so far eluded them.

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House Democrats tried unsuccessfully late Thursday night to ram through a bill restoring most of the cuts made to nonprofits – with a hike to the personal income tax imbedded in the proposal.

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As state lawmakers try to hammer out a last minute budget deal, arts advocates are worried steep cuts could leave arts programs bare in the First State.

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In the face of a standoff between Democrats and Republicans, state lawmakers gutted the entire portion of the budget dedicated to nonprofit grants as Friday's deadline looms.

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Republican lawmakers say they’re willing to blow past Delaware’s budget deadline this Friday if they can’t get a moratorium on prevailing wage for local governments and school districts over the next three years.

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


Revenue boost not enough to cover budget shortfall

Jun 19, 2017
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A last-minute bump in projected revenue for next year won’t do much to cover Delaware’s budget hole.

Bill raising booze, tobacco, vape taxes hits Dover

Jun 18, 2017
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Democrats want to help smooth over Delaware’s budget problems by raising the state’s vice taxes.