DE lawmakers balk at guv's proposed pay cuts

    Delaware lawmakers are on a two-week spring break but that hasn’t stopped a group of House Republicans from presenting a budget plan of their own. Governor Markell has proposed an 8 percent pay cut for all state employees. The legislators have outlined an alternative to close the state’s historic budget shortfall in a four-page letter they sent to the governor.

    Delaware lawmakers are on a two-week spring break but that hasn’t stopped a group of House Republicans from presenting a budget plan of their own. Governor Markell has proposed an 8 percent pay cut for all state employees. The legislators have outlined an alternative to close the state’s historic budget shortfall in a four-page letter they sent to the governor.

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    The letter includes ideas on how to save the state tens of millions of dollars now and have an ever bigger payoff in the future.

    It covers three contentious categories: gambling, cost-cutting and a proposed salary cut for state employees.

    State Representative and House Minority Whip Dan Short.

    Short: The 8 percent is a big number for folks in their daily lives. My 400 plus emails that i got in a weekend tell me it’s important to them.

    One part of the alternative plan would include offering state workers volunteer furlough days.

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