Lawmakers whittle away at governor’s proposed budget

(AP) – Legislative budget writers are whittling away at Gov. Jack Markell’s proposed budget as they continue nailing down a spending plan for the fiscal year starting July 1.

The Joint Finance Committee on Wednesday cut $3 million that was earmarked by Markell to expand internet capacity in public schools. They also eliminated $500,000 in his budget proposal for a state rental assistance program, $350,000 for a pilot body camera program for Delaware State Police, and $120,000 for new libraries.
But while eliminating spending for some programs, lawmakers have also added or restored funding in other areas, including adding $1.2 million in general fund appropriations for state police patrols in Sussex County that had been paid for last year with one-time settlement money.

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