DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state board that oversees the Port of Wilmington is asking Delaware lawmakers for $20 million for capital expenditures in the upcoming fiscal year.
But the head of the Diamond State Port Corporation told lawmakers Wednesday that the Markell administration does not support the funding request.
State economic development director Alan Levin said the administration still believes that the best approach for the port is to finalize a deal with energy giant Kinder Morgan to privatize operations at the Wilmington port.
But officials said if the Kinder Morgan deal falls through, they will need the additional money from the state to keep the port operating.
Officials said they would use the $20 million in capital funding for a new container crane, berth repairs, minor capital improvements and other expenses.
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