Monday’s Delaware Economic Financial Advisory Council (DEFAC) meeting revealed that their estimated "98% Appropriation" number is down by $33.7 Million. Increasing the already substantial gap between revenues and expenditures from September’s forecast of $167 Million to $201.1 Million. Adding to this the various cost drivers (school enrollment, medicaid, healthcare for state employees and other drivers), the gap climbs quickly. The News Journal today has put the number at $350 Million. that needs to be made up through new revenues and expense cuts.
Know that DANA has been providing the Delaware Nonprofit Sector's perspective to Governor Elect Carney's various transition committees and the overall transition team.
Meanwhile, the Delaware Revenue Solutions Coalition (DRSC) of the nonprofit sector continues to meet. We have a full calendar of events to engage our elected officials, including:
•January 19 (anticipated) - Governor's State of the State
•January 26 (anticipated) - Governor's Proposed Budget Presentation
•February 17 - DANA Annual Budget Update, 9am-Noon in Georgetown
•February & March will be the JFC hearings www.desenatedems.com/legislative-schedule.html
•March will have two Coalition member programs hosted by the Ability Network of Delaware (details still to come)
•June 8th - NONPROFIT DAY in DOVER rally (Save the Date!)
•June will be focused on direct advocacy with our elected officials by nonprofits, boards, volunteers, and clients
Throughout the next six months, the Coalition will continue to reach out to you, as well as meet with General Assembly & JFC members to represent the nonprofit voice, our clients, and all Delawareans. Get the General Assembly / Legislative Calendar here: www.desenatedems.com/legislative-schedule.html.
We are all partners for a stronger Delaware.
As always, if you have any questions or comments, feel free to reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 302-777-5500.