As I’m certain you know, because I’ve seen a lot of you in in Leg. Hall, it’s been a busy period in Dover. Sheila Bravo and I have been busy meeting with General Assembly Leadership and members (Sen. Blevins, Rep. Schwartzkopf, Rep. Longhurst, Sen. Hall-Long), and Joint Finance Committee Members & staff (George-Smith, McDowell, Bushweller, Peterson, Cloutier, Carson, Kenton, Lawson) with the balance to follow. These meetings are critical as we work to preserve overall funding in the budget for contracts, the $2.3 Million “Nonprofit Partner” funds the Governor included in his budget, and the Grant-In-Aid funds.
The Delaware Economic Financial Advisory Council (DEFAC) on April 18th held the forecast pretty stable with only a $9 million decrease since December, due mainly to revenues adjustments related Dupont. May and June’s reports will be important to watch.
This week has been the Bond Committee Hearings with no surprises as of this blog writing.
The Grant-In-Aid Committee Assignments are out, so be sure to review these assignments and reach out to the assigned staff and legislators responsible for your GIA application. Download the file here.
Delaware Nonprofit Day is Wednesday, May 18 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Legislative Hall. It's free to attend, but be sure to register in advance for this important event! They’ll be Government Tributes & Declarations by Leadership as well as lunch served. Be ready to advocate because Government Leadership and your General Assembly members will be present for you to speak with. Bring your staff, volunteers, and clients to demonstrate the strength of the Nonprofit Sector to our elected officials. The day is a Coalition Effort with DANA, United Way of Delaware, Delaware Community Foundation, Delaware Grantmakers Association, UD’s CCRS, and AFP.
Joint Finance Committee’s Budget Markup begins the week following Delaware Nonprofit Day so let’s turn out in force and make our voices heard.
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