I will be posting more frequent blogs over the next 6 weeks as critical budget information that impacts the Delaware nonprofit sector becomes available. That said, I have the latest on Delaware’s budget crunch, following on the heels of the May 26 Delaware Economic Financial Advisory Council (DEFAC) forecast.
The new total budget gap has swollen nearly $45 million to a total of $75.3 million. The Joint Finance Committee (JFC) cancelled their May 24 public start of their “Mark Up” of the Governor's proposed budget, and instead met privately to grapple with a new course forward. JFC started their public budget mark-up meeting yesterday (Wednesday), handling general initial review of the current financial challenges and began to review the major sections of the budget bill.
The take-away from yesterday’s JFC meeting was the question that resounded through the chamber time and time again: “What is the Outcome of the Program?”
As you communicate with your JFC Members, Controller General Analysts, Representatives, and Senators, be certain to talk about and include your OUTCOMES.
To support the Delaware Nonprofit Sector, DANA and the Delaware Revenue Solutions Coalition are launching the “Our Delaware” series to get your stories of success out to the public, and more particularly to JFC members and the General Assembly. We’ve already started receiving your images and stories as the result of our email call for them yesterday. If you haven’t sent yours, send it today. Plus we’ll be updating the “Logo Letter” so if you haven’t sent us your logo, do it now.
On May 18, over 100 of you turned out for Nonprofit Day. Thank you! Now together, we’ll continue to build on this success.
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