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Delaware House Lawmakers Pass 2015 Budget

The Delaware General Assembly has approved its $3.8 billion budget that is set to begin next week.

Delaware House Lawmakers Pass 2015 Budget

The Delaware General Assembly has approved its $3.8 billion budget that is set to begin next week.

The new budget features pay raises for state workers, which State Senator Brian Pettyjohn told WGMD’s Mike and Jake includes state lawmakers.  The budget also taxes money allocated for roads to cover expenses and adds $50 million in revenue from increased taxes on LLC formation and maintenance.

The budget will see an increase in operational spending by 2.4%, largely due to increased Medicaid costs that can be connected to the federal Affordable Care Act.

House lawmakers unanimously approved the budget Wednesday, while three Senate lawmakers voted against the bill.

While on WGMD’s Mike and Jake, State Senator Brian Pettyjohn explained that he was not satisfied with how the budget was put together, learning that the way some of the legislation was written included pay raises for lawmakers as well as state workers.  He, Gerald Hocker, and Colin Bonini voted against the budget.

 

Read the budget here

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