Welcome to my new
Public Policy Blog and thank you for checking in! I’ll be keeping you up to date on important
public policy matters and activities of the Governor, Delaware’s General
Assembly, City and Local issues, hearings and meetings, as well as legislation
that is part of the DANA Public Policy Agenda.
Since this is a new
blog, I’ll bring you up to speed with a few items from earlier this year, like
the Governor’s Proposed Budget for FY 2014:
presented his proposed 2014 budget on January 24 with the following new
- Expand in-school behavioral health services $3,300,000
- Statewide targeted prevention programs for youth $2,225,000
- DSCYF – Youth aging out of foster care $515,000
- Delaware National Guard Youth Challenge $93,000
- Accelerate the development of school safety plans $300,000
- Six State Police Troopers $530,000
- Total New
The Governor’s budget is paid for based on the December
Delaware Economic and Financial Advisory Council (DEFAC) Revenue
Projections. The DEFAC projection for
March was up by $11.1 Million. The final DEFAC projection will be in June,
prior to the Delaware Legislature finalizing the 2014 Fiscal Year Budget Bill.
The Governors proposed budget has a deficit of $56
Million, which is paid for with $28.7 million in Agency and Program cuts, and
continuation of certain 2009 tax changes. This results in an additional $27.3
million. Between cuts and retaining some
tax increases, the budget proposal is balanced for FY2014.
The GIA included in the Governor’s budget includes a $1.2
million elimination of a "one-time” GIA line-item, which leaves the GIA
proposal level at $43 million.
The March (ultimately June) DEFAC projection will impact
the final GIA and overall budget bills as economy strengthens or weakens.
The March 18 DEFAC meeting revealed an increase in revenue
projections of $11.1 million, and I expect June to tick up some more. This is all good news for the budget and GIA.
Committee Hearings (JFC)
The JFC hearings took place in January and February with
the State Agencies, Divisions, and Departments presenting their budgets to the
JFC. Their budgets were all in line with
the Governor’s proposed budget discussed earlier.
Their first mark ups of the budget, including the GIA and
the Bond Bills, will be May 21, 22, and 23.
The final mark up should be the second week of June, after the June
DEFAC projection. Keeping in line with their trend of recent years, the budget
bills should get to the legislators in time for a thorough review before they
vote on the last day of June.
You can find the Joint Finance Committee meeting schedule
It was good to see so many of you during the DANA Annual
Budget Update at the Medical Society in Newark on February 14, and at the
Modern Maturity Center in Dover on February 15, where we had presentations by
the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), DHSS, and DSCYF (Kids Department). Thanks
for your solid turnout!
A few dates to note:
- March 28 marked the end of the three-week General
Assembly session. The two weeks
following is their Spring Break. The
Assembly will reconvene on April 16.
- Make sure you mark down May 15 for Delaware Nonprofit
Day! Join us as we demonstrate the cohesive, coordinated, and collaborative
nature of our Delaware Nonprofit Community.
You’ll have a chance to chat and mingle with our elected officials. More details can be found on our website calendar.
Thanks for reading! As always, feel free to reach out to
me with any questions or comments.