Delaware budget is down to the wire

    With just four working days left in this legislative session, the joint finance committee continues to chip away at Delaware’s historic budget deficit. But is there enough time?

    With just four working days left in this legislative session, the joint finance committee continues to chip away at Delaware’s historic budget deficit. But is there enough time?
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    For the purposes of balancing a budget, Delaware’s capital building can be looked at as being divided into two key areas: downstairs is where the joint finance committee makes the cuts, and upstairs the general assembly generates revenue through tax increases.

    Thursday, with a roughly 800-million dollar budget deficit looming, progress was made in both areas.

    Upstairs in the house, three tax bills were on the agenda, two involving alcohol, the other tobacco.

    Downstairs in JFC, another day, more cuts.
    State Representative and JFC member Melanie George Marshall.

    Marshall: We’re making progress, that’s the one thing I’m very very positive about, is every hour that we’re in there we’re continuing to make more cuts based on the governor’s recommended cuts.

    But are they finding enough cuts? One of the other 12 members of the JFC fears they may have to make a second pass of the budget to see if they can dig any deeper.

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