With less than two weeks left in the 147th General Assembly, Delaware lawmakers have introduced the FY 2014 budget bill.
House Bill 200 outlines the appropriations made to the state operating budget following a series of Joint Finance Committee meetings during the past month and recommendations from the Delaware Economic and Finance Advisory Council.
The $3.7 billion budget is approximately 3.4 percent higher than FY 2013. DEFAC projected the state had approximately $3.8 billion to work with.
The largest chunk of the budget, $1.2 billion, goes toward public education. Under that umbrella is an appropriation of $3.3 million in new funding to hire middle school behavioral health consultants, one of the recommendations Governor Jack Markell made in his FY 2014 budget proposal back in January.
Another $1 billion goes to the Department of Health and Social Services, with $673 million going toward Medicaid and Medicare assistance.
The bill now heads to the House Appropriations Committee. Last year lawmakers passed the operating budget three days before the start of the new fiscal year.
Additionally, the Bond Bill Committee continues to work on the FY 2014 capital budget this week.