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Governor Carney Signs $4.4 Billion Fiscal Year 2020 BudgetDate Posted: June 25, 2019
Future health professionals compete at international conferenceDate Posted: June 25, 2019
DNREC to showcase responsible crabbing practices June 27 at Cape Henlopen State Park’s Seaside Nature CenterDate Posted: June 25, 2019
DNREC advises that public comment period for Coastal Zone Conversion Permit Act regulations continues through July 9Date Posted: June 25, 2019
Treasurer Davis Celebrates One Year Anniversary of Delaware ABLE Plan, Releases VideoDate Posted: June 25, 2019
CheckPoint StrikeForce Swearing-In CeremonyDate Posted: June 24, 2019
Committee recommends probation, conditions for Odyssey CharterDate Posted: June 24, 2019
DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife announces 2018/19 hunting photo contest winnersDate Posted: June 24, 2019
Source Water Protection Subcommittee to meet June 27 in DoverDate Posted: June 24, 2019
Governor Carney, DNREC Secretary Garvin, Education Secretary Bunting join first-time campers at Governor’s CampoutDate Posted: June 24, 2019
Delaware announces largest round of farms preserved in state historyDate Posted: June 24, 2019
DNREC Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police Blotter: June 10-16Date Posted: June 21, 2019
DNREC Sec. Garvin joins State Sen. Hocker, State Rep. Gray, at ribbon-cutting at Holts Landing State ParkDate Posted: June 21, 2019
Man Sentenced for 2016 Georgetown Murder and RapeDate Posted: June 21, 2019
Governor Carney’s Statement on EPA’s Replacement of Clean Power PlanDate Posted: June 20, 2019
DNREC Shoreline & Waterway Management Section promotes ‘design a sign, protect a dune’ awareness contestDate Posted: June 20, 2019
Middletown FFA wins forestry career eventDate Posted: June 20, 2019
Delaware Advisory Council on Wildlife and Freshwater Fish to meet June 25 in DoverDate Posted: June 20, 2019
Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs to sponsor 11 special events during July 2019Date Posted: June 19, 2019
Delaware adopts regulations for Produce Safety Rule complianceDate Posted: June 19, 2019
More Delaware students graduating high schoolDate Posted: June 19, 2019
Emerald ash borer continues to threaten Delaware treesDate Posted: June 18, 2019
2020 district/charter Teachers of the Year namedDate Posted: June 18, 2019
DNREC’s Natural Resource Police Park Rangers conduct surf-fishing enforcement operation at two coastal state parksDate Posted: June 17, 2019
Consumer Protection Unit secures more than $23,000 in student loan debt relief for ITT Tech studentsDate Posted: June 17, 2019
DNREC invites public to vote online by June 24 for finalists in annual ‘Delaware Watersheds Photo Contest’Date Posted: June 17, 2019
Career Services from Delaware Department of Labor available at select public librariesDate Posted: June 17, 2019
DNREC & DMV announce two new Delaware Sport Fishing license platesDate Posted: June 14, 2019
DNREC Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police Blotter: June 3-9Date Posted: June 14, 2019
Wilmington man sentenced for 2017 park murderDate Posted: June 14, 2019
Sussex County Woman Arrested for Insurance FraudDate Posted: June 14, 2019
Delaware Native Species Commission to meet June 19 in DoverDate Posted: June 14, 2019
Governor Carney Announces Nomination of Anthony Albence as Election CommissionerDate Posted: June 13, 2019
DSHA Launches Homeownership Program for Recent College GraduatesDate Posted: June 13, 2019
DPH Reminds Delawareans to Avoid Consuming Raw Dairy Products; Announces Positive Case of BrucellosisDate Posted: June 13, 2019
New survey targets educators who change positionsDate Posted: June 13, 2019
Division of Developmental Disabilities Services to Host Two Lifespan Waiver Application SessionsDate Posted: June 12, 2019
Governor Carney Announces Nomination of Meghan Adams as Superior Court JudgeDate Posted: June 12, 2019
DOJ statement on Vaughn trialsDate Posted: June 12, 2019
Backpage.com to Lose Delaware LLC FormationsDate Posted: June 11, 2019
DNREC issues Secretary’s Orders requiring scrap tire regulatory compliance and assesses penalties to six facilitiesDate Posted: June 11, 2019
Registration still open for DNREC’s Indian River Marina ‘Kids Catch-All’ fishing tournament June 21-23Date Posted: June 11, 2019
DNREC’s Division of Watershed Stewardship to co-host EcoPaddle Saturday, June 22 in LaurelDate Posted: June 11, 2019
DNREC’s Division of Parks & Recreation Announces Plan to Manage Cap Put On Sale of Delaware Surf Fishing PermitsDate Posted: June 10, 2019
DNREC Division of Fish Wildlife announces Augustine Beach Boat Ramp periodic closures for dredging June 12-July 11Date Posted: June 10, 2019
DNREC and Perdue AgriRecycle, LLC reach settlement agreement on Solid Waste Permit violationsDate Posted: June 7, 2019
DNREC Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police Blotter: May 27-June 2Date Posted: June 7, 2019
DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife asks public to report sick or dead wild birds for West Nile virus monitoringDate Posted: June 7, 2019
Fatal Accident Sends Man to PrisonDate Posted: June 7, 2019
Governor Carney’s Statement on Passage of Plastic Bag BanDate Posted: June 6, 2019
Governor Carney Announces Nomination of Michael W. Arrington as Family Court JudgeDate Posted: June 6, 2019
DE Law Enforcement Agencies to Receive Training on Juvenile Civil Citation Program ExpansionDate Posted: June 6, 2019
Tours of the hull of the DeBraak, a shipwrecked 18th-century British warshipDate Posted: June 6, 2019
Flags to be lowered for former Rep. Powell and former DSU President DeLauderDate Posted: June 6, 2019
Application deadline extended to June 30 for DNREC Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police Youth AcademiesDate Posted: June 5, 2019
DNREC allocates $158,728 to community environmental projects through state’s Community Involvement Advisory CouncilDate Posted: June 5, 2019
DNREC Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police announce results from 33rd Annual Youth Fishing TournamentDate Posted: June 5, 2019
Historic preservation symposium to take place in Dover, Del. on June 26, 2019Date Posted: June 5, 2019
Public Comment Period Open for Delaware 1332 State Innovation WaiverDate Posted: June 5, 2019
Secretary of State Announces Electrician License SuspensionDate Posted: June 5, 2019
DNREC’s Bellevue State Park Summer Concert Series affected by construction project requiring detours to the parkDate Posted: June 5, 2019
Water Infrastructure Advisory Council to meet June 19 in DoverDate Posted: June 5, 2019
Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, DHSS Bring New Statewide Resources for Families in CrisisDate Posted: June 5, 2019
Sites across Delaware offer free summer meals to childrenDate Posted: June 5, 2019
DTI EMPLOYEES HONORED FOR VALUED PARTNERSHIP CONTRIBUTIONSDate Posted: June 4, 2019
DNREC seeks Delaware students who make a difference in the environment for 2019 Young Environmentalist AwardsDate Posted: June 4, 2019
DNREC to conduct water-quality dye test in Murderkill River and Delaware Bay to evaluate bay oyster bedsDate Posted: June 4, 2019
Governor Carney to Nominate Claire DeMatteis as DOC CommissionerDate Posted: June 4, 2019
2019 Statewide Summer Library Reading ProgramDate Posted: June 3, 2019
DNREC’s Indian River Marina to host 5th annual ‘Kids Catch-All’ fishing tournamentDate Posted: June 3, 2019
Flag lowering for victims of violence in Virginia BeachDate Posted: June 1, 2019
Governor Carney, DTI Announce Rural Broadband Expansion PartnershipDate Posted: May 31, 2019
DNREC Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police Blotter: May 20-26Date Posted: May 31, 2019
Sassafras Landing boat ramp to close temporarily for habitat project constructionDate Posted: May 31, 2019
New York Man Pleads Guilty to Wilmington HomicideDate Posted: May 31, 2019
Hurricane Season Begins June 1Date Posted: May 31, 2019
The Mezzanine Gallery to Exhibit “Shelter” by Ekaterina PopovaDate Posted: May 30, 2019
Governor Carney Signs Collective Bargaining LegislationDate Posted: May 30, 2019
“Separation—Freedom for Delaware” at the New Castle Court House Museum on June 9, 2019Date Posted: May 30, 2019
DNREC and Center for the Inland Bays to host Water Family Fest on June 8Date Posted: May 29, 2019
Free and Reduced Price Meal Policy for 2019-20 School YearDate Posted: May 29, 2019
Tropical nursery stock a risk for red imported fire antsDate Posted: May 29, 2019
Governor Carney Hosts Ramadan Iftar Dinner at WoodburnDate Posted: May 29, 2019
DNREC’s First State Heritage Park First Saturday celebrates historic music in Delaware June 1Date Posted: May 29, 2019
Motorcycle Crashes Spike in Delaware May 2019Date Posted: May 28, 2019
DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife invites anglers to fish for free in Delaware on June 1 and 2Date Posted: May 28, 2019
DNREC Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police to host 33rd Annual Youth Fishing Tournament June 1Date Posted: May 28, 2019
DNREC’s Division of Parks & Recreation to sponsor Yorklyn Day Festival celebrating community Sunday, June 2Date Posted: May 28, 2019
Division of the Arts Announces the 2019 “Award Winners” ExhibitionDate Posted: May 28, 2019
DelDOT Honors Second Class of Project SEARCH GraduatesDate Posted: May 27, 2019
DNREC Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police advise: Don’t drink and boat on Delaware waterwaysDate Posted: May 24, 2019
DNREC Shoreline & Waterway Management Section urges boater alertness for navigating Baker’s Channel this summerDate Posted: May 24, 2019
Murderer Sentenced to Life in PrisonDate Posted: May 24, 2019
DNREC Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police Blotter: May 13-19Date Posted: May 24, 2019
Flag lowering reminder for Memorial DayDate Posted: May 24, 2019
DNREC Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police launch Sea Tow Foundation Life Jacket Loaner ProgramDate Posted: May 23, 2019
DNREC offers new cycle of Delaware’s Universal Recycling Grant and Low Interest Loan ProgramDate Posted: May 23, 2019
Source Water Protection Subcommittee to meet May 30 in DoverDate Posted: May 23, 2019
Governor Carney Announces Delaware Anti-Litter AllianceDate Posted: May 23, 2019
DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife recommends think twice before ‘rescuing’ young wildlifeDate Posted: May 23, 2019

Budget invests in education, limits budget growth, and bolsters reserves
DOVER, Del. – Governor John Carney on Tuesday signed a $4.4 billion Fiscal Year 2020 budget plan that limits operating budget growth to 4.2 percent, invests in education, and gives state employees a raise, while setting aside more than $100 million in projected reserves.
The budget signed by Governor Carney will fund a $100 million, three-year plan to invest in Delaware’s most vulnerable students, and highest-needs schools. Governor Carney’s Opportunity Funding initiative will provide additional, targeted resources for low-income students and English learners, while setting aside additional funding for mental health and literacy supports.
Read full details on Fiscal Year 2020 investments below.
“This is a responsible budget that focuses on Delaware’s future, with important investments in education, in our state employees, and in health care,” said Governor Carney. “We are making historic investments in the students who need our help the most, funding well-deserved raises for our state employees and educators, and fully funding important services for Delawareans and Delaware families who rely on them every day. Importantly, we also set aside additional reserves, to protect Delaware taxpayers from future budget cuts. I want to thank members of the General Assembly, and specifically the members of the Joint Finance Committee, for their work on this budget plan, and their continued partnership on behalf of the people of Delaware.”
Governor Carney introduced his recommended budget in January, and members of the General Assembly approved the budget this week. Members of the Delaware Senate voted to approve the Fiscal Year 2020 plan on Tuesday afternoon. The Delaware House of Representatives approved the budget on June 20.
“We work hard to make sure that the First State’s budget matches the values that define our state and the mission our constituents send us here to accomplish,” said Senate President Pro Tempore David McBride. “Ten years out from the worst of the Great Recession, I’m proud to report that the General Assembly continues to maintain a ledger that spends wisely, collects more revenue in an equitable way, saves for the future, and prepares Delaware for a bright future of fiscal health.”
“This budget is the result of months of hard work from the members of the Joint Finance Committee, staff and the countless advocates who come to Legislative Hall to make their case for many worthwhile programs,” said Representative Quinn Johnson, who chairs the budget-writing Joint Finance Committee. “Delaware’s operating budget touches nearly every resident across the state, and we are proud to have put together a spending plan that maintains our core state services and even increases funding to many of these programs. We’ve added funding for providers that care for our state’s most vulnerable populations and have pledged to continue work on improving funding in more consistent and sustainable levels. We have an obligation to try to help our residents whenever possible, and I think we have done that while being fiscally responsible.”

Fiscal Year 2020 Budget Highlights:
General Fund Operating budget totals $4.4 billion, limiting growth to 4.2%
Sets aside over $100 million in reserves (after projected cash to bond bill and grant in aid)
Appropriates $62 million toward one-time items in a separate supplemental appropriation bill
Funds “door openers” such as:
$19.5 million for K-12 enrollment growth
$14.6 million for salary steps (Education, DSP, DTCC, agency)
$9.4 million for pupil transportation
$9.8 million for Medicaid growth
$2.2 million for debt service
$1.3 million for elections machine maintenance
$1.1 million for inmate medical/pharmacy inflation 

IMPROVING OUR SCHOOLS
Investing $100 million in High-Needs Schools
Opportunity Funding: $75 million over three years for:
$20 million/year in weighted funding for low-income students and English learners (EL) across all grade levels
$5.0 million/year to provide mental health and reading supports for grades K-5
$500,000 to evaluate the results of this program and identify best practices

Providing Resources for Early Grades – Student Success Block Grant: $26 million over a three year period for the following:
$4.5 million/year in support for K-3 Basic Special Education
$4.0 million/year to provide an estimated 45 reading teachers targeted to elementary schools with high percentages of students in poverty
$350,000/year to establish Wellness Centers in elementary schools

Investing in the Classroom
$1 million for yearlong residencies to prepare incoming teachers and improve retention in high-needs schools
$850,000 for the DE Literacy Plan providing professional development and micro-credential bonus
$560,000 to provide 4 additional middle school math coaches bringing the total funding for this program to $1.6 million
Investing in Educators
Funding for annual salary steps for educators, plus a 2% general salary increase
$500,000 to expand High Needs Educator Student Loan Forgiveness Program, bringing the total funding for this program to $700,000
$347,600 to restore National Board certification premium
Investing in Early Education
$3.8 million to continue support for Delaware’s early learning centers
$6.7 million to maintain access to quality early learning through Delaware STARS
Investing in the City of Wilmington
Continued support of $1.5 million for the Christina School District schools located in the City of Wilmington
Continued Support for Higher Education Institutions
$2.2 million for SEED and Inspire program growth and for the expansion of SEED to post-associate’s degree
$1.5 million for the Higher Education Land Grant/Workforce Development Matching Fund to match federal land grant appropriations or support academic programs that address critical workforce needs in the State
$1.7 million for the University of Delaware to support in-state students and the Cooperative Extension program
$538,800 to expand grant opportunities for women athletes and support for the nursing program at Delaware State University
$1.1 million for the Delaware Technical Community College RN to BSN program, diesel mechanic program, pathways partnerships, enrollment and financial aid support and phase in of a retention and compensation plan

A STRONG AND STABLE STATE WORKFORCE
Investing in State Workers and Educators
$1,000 annual raise for state workers
Successfully completed negotiations with several collective bargaining units
2% raise for educators and bus drivers statewide, on top of annual step increases
Recruiting and Retaining Quality Employees
$150,000 for the First State Quality Improvement Fund
$85,000 for recruitment and retention efforts
High Needs Area – Public Safety
$1.5 million in additional funding for the second year implementation of the Department of Correction Independent Review recommendations
$508,600 and 18.0 FTEs for pending legislation expanding the availability of expungement for selected categories of adult arrests and convictions (SS1 to SB 37)
High Needs Area – Children’s Services
$3.3 million to add 34 casework staff and contractual support in the Division of Family Services
$5.0 million in a contingency to address department-wide caseload growth
 
A Healthier Delaware
Supporting Those who Serve Delawareans with Disabilities
$4.2 million for contractual increases for partners providing services to those with disabilities
$3.6 million for attendant care services waiting list
Continued Health Coverage for Children
$3.2 million for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) due to decreased federal funding
Addressing Prevention, Treatment, Resilience and Recovery of Mental Health, including substance use and co-occurring disorders
$2.9 million for a Behavioral Health Consortium Contingency
Providing Basic Services to the Medicaid Population
$1.3 million for Medicaid Dental services
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Budget invests in education, limits budget growth, and bolsters reserves
DOVER, Del. – Governor John Carney on Tuesday signed a $4.4 billion Fiscal Year 2020 budget plan that limits operating budget growth to 4.2 percent, invests in education, and gives state employees a raise, while setting aside more than $100 million in projected reserves.
The budget signed by Governor Carney will fund a $100 million, three-year plan to invest in Delaware’s most vulnerable students, and highest-needs schools. Governor Carney’s Opportunity Funding initiative will provide additional, targeted resources for low-income students and English learners, while setting aside additional funding for mental health and literacy supports.
Read full details on Fiscal Year 2020 investments below.
“This is a responsible budget that focuses on Delaware’s future, with important investments in education, in our state employees, and in health care,” said Governor Carney. “We are making historic investments in the students who need our help the most, funding well-deserved raises for our state employees and educators, and fully funding important services for Delawareans and Delaware families who rely on them every day. Importantly, we also set aside additional reserves, to protect Delaware taxpayers from future budget cuts. I want to thank members of the General Assembly, and specifically the members of the Joint Finance Committee, for their work on this budget plan, and their continued partnership on behalf of the people of Delaware.”
Governor Carney introduced his recommended budget in January, and members of the General Assembly approved the budget this week. Members of the Delaware Senate voted to approve the Fiscal Year 2020 plan on Tuesday afternoon. The Delaware House of Representatives approved the budget on June 20.
“We work hard to make sure that the First State’s budget matches the values that define our state and the mission our constituents send us here to accomplish,” said Senate President Pro Tempore David McBride. “Ten years out from the worst of the Great Recession, I’m proud to report that the General Assembly continues to maintain a ledger that spends wisely, collects more revenue in an equitable way, saves for the future, and prepares Delaware for a bright future of fiscal health.”
“This budget is the result of months of hard work from the members of the Joint Finance Committee, staff and the countless advocates who come to Legislative Hall to make their case for many worthwhile programs,” said Representative Quinn Johnson, who chairs the budget-writing Joint Finance Committee. “Delaware’s operating budget touches nearly every resident across the state, and we are proud to have put together a spending plan that maintains our core state services and even increases funding to many of these programs. We’ve added funding for providers that care for our state’s most vulnerable populations and have pledged to continue work on improving funding in more consistent and sustainable levels. We have an obligation to try to help our residents whenever possible, and I think we have done that while being fiscally responsible.”

Fiscal Year 2020 Budget Highlights:
General Fund Operating budget totals $4.4 billion, limiting growth to 4.2%
Sets aside over $100 million in reserves (after projected cash to bond bill and grant in aid)
Appropriates $62 million toward one-time items in a separate supplemental appropriation bill
Funds “door openers” such as:
$19.5 million for K-12 enrollment growth
$14.6 million for salary steps (Education, DSP, DTCC, agency)
$9.4 million for pupil transportation
$9.8 million for Medicaid growth
$2.2 million for debt service
$1.3 million for elections machine maintenance
$1.1 million for inmate medical/pharmacy inflation 

IMPROVING OUR SCHOOLS
Investing $100 million in High-Needs Schools
Opportunity Funding: $75 million over three years for:
$20 million/year in weighted funding for low-income students and English learners (EL) across all grade levels
$5.0 million/year to provide mental health and reading supports for grades K-5
$500,000 to evaluate the results of this program and identify best practices

Providing Resources for Early Grades – Student Success Block Grant: $26 million over a three year period for the following:
$4.5 million/year in support for K-3 Basic Special Education
$4.0 million/year to provide an estimated 45 reading teachers targeted to elementary schools with high percentages of students in poverty
$350,000/year to establish Wellness Centers in elementary schools

Investing in the Classroom
$1 million for yearlong residencies to prepare incoming teachers and improve retention in high-needs schools
$850,000 for the DE Literacy Plan providing professional development and micro-credential bonus
$560,000 to provide 4 additional middle school math coaches bringing the total funding for this program to $1.6 million
Investing in Educators
Funding for annual salary steps for educators, plus a 2% general salary increase
$500,000 to expand High Needs Educator Student Loan Forgiveness Program, bringing the total funding for this program to $700,000
$347,600 to restore National Board certification premium
Investing in Early Education
$3.8 million to continue support for Delaware’s early learning centers
$6.7 million to maintain access to quality early learning through Delaware STARS
Investing in the City of Wilmington
Continued support of $1.5 million for the Christina School District schools located in the City of Wilmington
Continued Support for Higher Education Institutions
$2.2 million for SEED and Inspire program growth and for the expansion of SEED to post-associate’s degree
$1.5 million for the Higher Education Land Grant/Workforce Development Matching Fund to match federal land grant appropriations or support academic programs that address critical workforce needs in the State
$1.7 million for the University of Delaware to support in-state students and the Cooperative Extension program
$538,800 to expand grant opportunities for women athletes and support for the nursing program at Delaware State University
$1.1 million for the Delaware Technical Community College RN to BSN program, diesel mechanic program, pathways partnerships, enrollment and financial aid support and phase in of a retention and compensation plan

A STRONG AND STABLE STATE WORKFORCE
Investing in State Workers and Educators
$1,000 annual raise for state workers
Successfully completed negotiations with several collective bargaining units
2% raise for educators and bus drivers statewide, on top of annual step increases
Recruiting and Retaining Quality Employees
$150,000 for the First State Quality Improvement Fund
$85,000 for recruitment and retention efforts
High Needs Area – Public Safety
$1.5 million in additional funding for the second year implementation of the Department of Correction Independent Review recommendations
$508,600 and 18.0 FTEs for pending legislation expanding the availability of expungement for selected categories of adult arrests and convictions (SS1 to SB 37)
High Needs Area – Children’s Services
$3.3 million to add 34 casework staff and contractual support in the Division of Family Services
$5.0 million in a contingency to address department-wide caseload growth
 
A Healthier Delaware
Supporting Those who Serve Delawareans with Disabilities
$4.2 million for contractual increases for partners providing services to those with disabilities
$3.6 million for attendant care services waiting list
Continued Health Coverage for Children
$3.2 million for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) due to decreased federal funding
Addressing Prevention, Treatment, Resilience and Recovery of Mental Health, including substance use and co-occurring disorders
$2.9 million for a Behavioral Health Consortium Contingency
Providing Basic Services to the Medicaid Population
$1.3 million for Medicaid Dental services
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