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Governor John Carney Released his Recommended Budget

Posted By Howard L. Keener, Jr., Thursday, March 23, 2017
Updated: Thursday, March 23, 2017

Governor John Carney released his recommended budget, the Joint Finance Committee and General Assembly will work on the best final version between now and June 30th.

As always, we strive to get breaking news to you. So here are the latest 2018 Delaware State Budget resources you can use to be in the know.

We will be examining this recommendation over the next couple of days and will keep you updated. 

“Our greatest concern is how these cuts will impact services to Delawareans, recognizing how strained the system has been by flat or decreasing funding that the sector has experienced  for many years” – Sheila Bravo, DANA’s CEO

DANA has been working on the financial challenges that face our Nonprofit Sector, meeting with our elected officials, engaging with Governor Carney and his transition team to present the Nonprofit Sector’s perspective, and planning action now that the budget course is more clear. The Delaware Revenue Solutions Coalition (DRSC) “LOGO Letter” initiative led by DANA along with Delaware Grantmakers Association, Delaware Community Foundation, United Way of Delaware, Ability Network of DE, the UD-CCRS, and AFP-Brandywine.  We’ll update the LOGO Letter based on today’s budget release. This letter serves as the Nonprofit Sector’s call to action that we can all organize around , The Joint Finance Committee (JFC) Mark Up of the Budget and GIA is scheduled for May 22-31.   The DANA Annual Conference with Gov. Carney as Keynote is May 15th, and  Delaware’s Nonprofit Day is June 8th at The Mall Legislative Hall from 11am-1pm.

Key Dates:

May 15: DANA Annual Conference with Governor Carney, U.S. Delegation and Cabinet Secretaries Invited

June 8: Delaware’s Nonprofit Day at The Mall Legislative Hall Dover 11AM-1PM

Quick analysis:

The proposed Delaware State Budget presented Today at the Archives Building in Dover, proposes to balance the $386.6 Million budget gap through $192.8 Million in new revenue (described in the budget presentation linked below page 14).  This leaves $193.8 Million to come through cuts.  4.5% total reduction to “state agency discretionary funds” (see page 9 of budget presentation).  Grant-In-Aid (GIA) cuts of $5.19 Million (an 11% cut - Total GIA FY2017 $45.89 Mill.).  Pass Through cuts of $594,300.00 or 10% to all pass throughs in the operating budget, and reallocation of $3.695 Million to GIA from the operating budget.  This means the cut to GIA will be greater than 11%.   

In Governor Carney’s words:  “During my listening tour and morning coffee public sessions I heard that Delawareans were willing to have Revenue Increases as long as they were responsible and balanced with Spending Reductions.  Along with the proposals here today for FY2018’s Budget, the Government Efficiency and Accountability Review Board (GEAR) held its first meeting and will work to achieve efficiencies in future years”.  This balanced plan takes key steps toward structurally resolving the budget deficit not only for Fiscal Year 2018, but also by better positioning Delaware for the future,” said Governor Carney

To close a $386.6 Million shortfall and put the state on a path to sustainable budgets in the long-term, the proposal includes some increases in personal income tax (PIT) by eliminating itemized deductions and increasing the standard deduction 54% along with a couple of additional changes (we are exploring these details to better understand how this will affect nonprofits) including raising top PIT tax bracket by 0.2%. In addition, the Governor recommends an adjustment to the corporate franchise tax, and an increase in the cigarette tax of $1/pack. Details can be found in the administration’s budget presentation and total a $192.8 Million increase for the coming fiscal year 2018.

Get the Governor’s 2018 Budget Presentation HERE.  

 More detail:

Watch it live here:


Know that DANA will be working on digesting this and engaging our Alliance…YOU!

You can always reach me at:

All the best - John

Tags:  Board Member  Budget  Calendar  DEFAC  Government  JFC  Joint Finance Committee 

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Today’s DEFAC forecasts a worsening budget gap, that with cost drivers will be approximately $386 Million.

Posted By John Baker, Monday, March 20, 2017
Hi All,
Monday’s Delaware Economic Financial Advisory Council (DEFAC) meeting revealed that their estimated "98% Appropriation" number is down by an additional $35.6 Million. Worsening the already substantial gap between revenues and expenditures, from December’s forecast, to $386 Million with the various cost drivers (school enrollment, Medicaid, healthcare for state employees and other drivers).
Know that DANA has been providing the Delaware Nonprofit Sector's perspective to the Governor, other elected officials and department officials.
Meanwhile, the Delaware Revenue Solutions Coalition (DRSC) of the nonprofit sector continues to meet. We have a full calendar of events to engage our elected officials, including:
  • This Thursday, March 23rd Governor Carney’s Scheduled Release of his Budget
  • March 23rd and April 5th will have two Coalition member programs hosted by the Ability Network of Delaware in Dover
  • May 22nd -31st will be the JFC Markup of the Budget & GIA
  • June 8th - NONPROFIT DAY in DOVER rally (Save the Date!)
  • June will be focused on direct advocacy with our elected officials by nonprofits, boards, volunteers, and clients.  So make your plans and call us if you need help.
Throughout the next three months, the Coalition will continue to reach out to you, as well as meet with General Assembly & JFC members to represent the nonprofit voice, our clients, and all Delawareans. Get the General Assembly / Legislative Calendar here:
Here’s the 2017 “LOGO Letter” to JFC and Legislators.  Please incorporate the key points into your meetings and messages to legislators.
We are all partners for a stronger Delaware. 
As always, if you have any questions or comments, feel free to reach out to me at or 302-777-5500.
Thank you,
John Baker

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Joint Finance Committee Started Hearings Tuesday January 31st and DANA Was There!

Posted By John Baker, Thursday, February 2, 2017

Joint Finance Committee Started Hearings Tuesday January 31st and DANA Was There!

Hot off the press to you, is this Office of Management & Budget presentation.  Much of it is the same as the 2018 Budget Presentation that we got to you mid-January.  It is important to note for those of you who receive “Pass-Throughs” that they are slotted to be cut by $594,300.00 (Page 19).  In our last Public Policy blog post we noted the other Agency cuts (Pages 15-16) and the Grant-In-Aid reductions (Page 20). Click here for that report.

The Senate “Special Election” to fill Lt. Governor Hall-Long’s seat is scheduled for February 25th.  This is important for the balance of that Chamber.

Governor Carney will release his revised “Financial Plan” following the March 20th DEFAC State Economic Forecast.  JFC scheduled to review week of 4/24. Here’s the Joint Finance Committee Calendar

We’re meeting with our U.S. Delegation to learn about and prepare for Federal changes – Sen. Coons – Jan 19th and Sen. Carper – February 6th. Congresswoman Blunt Rochester - Awaiting date.

Charitable Giving Incentives:

Sheila and I will be traveling to Washington D.C. on February 16th to meet with our U.S. Congress Members in support of Charitable Giving Incentives as the government looks to address the Federal Tax Code.  We’ll be joining with thousands of other Nonprofit and Foundation Leaders, Philanthropists, and other interested citizens.  If you’d like additional information let us know or search for it under:  “100 Years of Giving DC Fly-In”.

Governor’s Public Meetings:

Get your Board Members and other key volunteers to tell the Governor directly what cuts will mean to Delawareans you serve. Gov. Carney has made a pitch to the Delaware public: “Help me come up with some ideas.” "This is a challenge for all of us," Carney said. "The solution is going to be hard. But I'm confident we can do it."

Carney will attend a series of "community conversations" in locations throughout the state:

· Feb. 15 – Drip Café, Hockessin, 7:30 a.m.

· Feb. 21 – Drip Café, Hockessin, 8 a.m.

· Feb. 22 – Downtown Dover Partnership, 9 a.m.

· March 1 – Nanticoke Senior Center, Seaford, 9 a.m.

· April 5 – Café Gelato, Newark, 8 a.m.

The meetings will be held in the morning, around 7:30 to 8 a.m. Exact times will be available online. Lawmakers, both Democrats and Republicans, will join Carney. Residents can submit comments online at or send an email to

Join us for the Annual State Budget Update and Advocacy Warm-Up

Click the image above to register for this important update!

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