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Adding Millions to Delaware State Budget

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Legislative budget writers have added millions more in spending to Gov. John Carney's proposed $4.4 billion operating budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

The Joint Finance Committee finished marking up Carney's spending plan Thursday by adding millions more to the proposed operating budget for disabilities services, Medicaid dental care for adults and college scholarships for Delaware residents.

The panel's additions to Carney's recommended budget total about $18.5 million, with education accounting for more than half the increase. With the increase, the budget for the fiscal year starting July 1 would be about 4.2% higher than this year's budget.

In addition to boosting the operating budget, the committee added about $23 million to a separate supplemental bill in which Carney called for about $39 million in one-time appropriations for various programs.

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.