ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland House of Delegates has approved the state's $39 billion budget for the next fiscal year.
The House voted 100-38 Thursday.
Delegates decided to stick with a plan already approved by the Senate to address a significant drop in revenue estimates earlier this month by using $200 million in money that had been planned to shore up the long-term health of the state pension system. The plan calls for restoring the full $300 million above the required annual payment in several years.
The House gave preliminary approval Wednesday to sticking with a plan already approved by the Senate to avoid cuts to education, health and other programs. The plan calls for using $200 million that had been planned to strengthen the long-term financing of the state's pension system.
Supporters say the state will gradually restore the full $300 million paid annually beyond the required payment to fully fund the state's pension system by 2039. But opponents say using the money now will cost the state more in the long run.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe is set to propose a 2 percent raise for state employees when lawmakers return to Richmond for a special session in which they will try to pass a roughly $96 billion two-year budget.
McAuliffe spokesman Brian Coy said Sunday that the raise would apply to virtually all full-time state employees and would go into effect in March 2015. Coy declined to say from where the roughly $200 million to cover the raises will come.
DOVER, Del. (AP) - The legislature's budget-writing committee is set to begin its review of Gov. Jack Markell's proposed $3.8 billion operating budget for the fiscal year starting July 1.
The Joint Finance Committee was to convene Tuesday for an overview of the budget proposal and the state's revenues. The panel will then spend the next four weeks on an agency-by-agency review of Markell's proposed budget.
DOVER, Del. (AP) - The National Guard's director is telling Delaware National Guard leaders they must maintain a ready posture despite federal budget cuts over the next decade.
The Wilmington News Journal reports Gen. Frank Grass told state Guard leaders Saturday that a federal budget deal in December provides some relief from automatic spending cuts approved by Congress. But the National Guard still expects to see its share of spending cuts.
A debate is ongoing over how to achieve spending reductions in the military while still maintaining a strong defense.
The Salisbury City Council is set to hold a final hearing tonight on the city’s $53 million budget that could include the town’s first property tax rate hike in years.
More than half of the nearly 11-thousand property owners would see an increase in their tax bills while the rest could see a slight decrease.
The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the rate will jump by 65 cents per $1-thousand of assessed property value just to keep the revenue from the property tax the same in the face of declining property values resulting from the Great Recession.
DOVER, Del. (AP) - A draft spending plan for Dover closes a budget gap without tax or fee hikes.
The council is expected to take its first vote on the final draft of the $132 million budget for fiscal year 2014 on Wednesday.
The plan funds raises for nonunion workers and contractual pay increases for labor groups, includes water, sewer and street improvements and cuts municipal electric rates by 11 percent. Dover officials were able to wipe out a $719,000 deficit by not filling some vacant jobs.
DOVER, Del. (AP) - Members of the legislature's budget writing committee have wrapped up their work on a spending plan for the fiscal year starting July 1.
The $3.7 billion operating budget approved by the Joint Finance Committee on Thursday represents a 3.6 percent increase over the current year's budget and is about $6 million higher than the budget proposed by Gov. Jack Markell in January.
DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state House and Senate are taking a break while legislative budget writers start nailing down a spending plan for next year.
The Joint Finance Committee meets Tuesday to begin marking up Gov. Jack Markell's proposed a $3.7 billion operating budget for the fiscal year starting July 1. The mark-up process will continue for the next three weeks, and the House and Senate will reconvene June 4.
Governor Martin O’Malley says his $37 billion spending plan for the next fiscal year would boost jobs and protect the state from the financial uncertainty of deep spending cuts being considered in Washington.
The Maryland Democrat plans to increase the state’s from 5 percent to 6 percent of the state’s $16 billion general fund.
This will result in a $153 million increase in the fund bringing it to $921 million.
All told this would leave the state with about a$1.1 billion in cash reserves to make any adjustments to any federal cuts.
DOVER, Del. (AP) - Members of the General Assembly's budget writing committee have wrapped up their work on an operating budget for the fiscal year starting July 1.
With only a few minor details remaining, members of the Joint Finance Committee closed the books Monday on a $3.58 billion budget for fiscal 2013, $78 million above this year's budget and slightly higher than Gov. Jack Markell's proposed 2013 budget.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Virginia Senate reconvenes Monday with expectations running high that it will finally pass a version of the state budget.
The sticking point will be an amendment to be offered by Senate Democrats that would require insurance companies to pay for pre-abortion ultrasounds that will be mandatory under a Republican-backed law passed this year.
The state would also pay the ultrasound costs for uninsured women.
During tonight’s City Council meeting, a number of departments will be asking for money.
The Salisbury Police Department is requesting appropriation of $21,000 to pay for emergency repairs to a police tower on Marine Road that was damaged by a lightning strike on Aug. 2, as well as budget amendment to transfer $1,400 earned through their ammunition recycling program from the General Fund into the Fire Department budget.