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Budget Shortfall Dominates Last Days of Delaware Legislative Session

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There’s only a week left in the Delaware state legislative session.

And state Senate leaders told the Wilmington News Journal that they do not intend to hold votes on issues like hiking the minimum wage or re-instating the death penalty.

Much of the discussion is being taken up with last minute negotiations over the state budget which is facing a $350 million shortfall.

Legislative leaders say proposed tax hikes are still up in the air along propose budget cuts that proved extremely unpopular during the early going of the budgetary process.

Governor John Carney’s proposal to cut $37 million from the education budget drew loud protest from educators around the state.

One measure expected to get through the General Assembly is a measure amending the Coastal Zone Act that would allow some industrial development.  

Don Rush is the News Director at Delmarva Public Media. An award-winning journalist, Don reports major local issues of the day, from sea level rise, to urban development, to the changing demographics of Delmarva.