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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:  http://budget.delaware.gov/budget/fy2018/documents/budget-reset-summary.pdf

Watch it live here:  http://governor.delaware.gov/budgetreset/

 

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

You can always reach me at: jbaker@delawarenonprofit.org

All the best - John


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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: www.desenatedems.com/legislative-schedule.html
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 jbaker@delawarenonprofit.org 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 governor.delaware.gov/BudgetReset or send an email to BudgetReset@state.de.us.

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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December DEFAC Update

Posted By John Baker, Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Hi All,

Monday’s Delaware Economic Financial Advisory Council (DEFAC) meeting revealed that their estimated "98% Appropriation" number is down by $33.7 Million. Increasing the already substantial gap between revenues and expenditures from September’s forecast of $167 Million to $201.1 Million. Adding to this the various cost drivers (school enrollment, medicaid, healthcare for state employees and other drivers), the gap climbs quickly. The News Journal today has put the number at $350 Million. that needs to be made up through new revenues and expense cuts.

Know that DANA has been providing the Delaware Nonprofit Sector's perspective to Governor Elect Carney's various transition committees and the overall transition team.

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:

•January 19 (anticipated) - Governor's State of the State 

•January 26 (anticipated) - Governor's Proposed Budget Presentation 

•February 17 - DANA Annual Budget Update, 9am-Noon in Georgetown

•February & March will be the JFC hearings www.desenatedems.com/legislative-schedule.html

•March will have two Coalition member programs hosted by the Ability Network of Delaware  (details still to come)

•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

Throughout the next six 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: www.desenatedems.com/legislative-schedule.html

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 jbaker@delawarenonprofit.org or 302-777-5500.

Thank you,

John Baker

Tags:  Budget  DEFAC  Delaware  Nonprofits  revenue 

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DEFAC Down Again

Posted By John Baker, Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Hello All,

The DEFAC forecast just came in and the funds available for appropriation are down by $700,000; not as bad as it could have been, but not good like past years when this last report would tick up.

Sheila and I have been in deep discussions with Joint Finance Committee (JFC) members and our other Senators and Representatives as they prepare to finalize the Budget, Bond, and Grant-In-Aid Bills. They’re commending many of you on your efforts to communicate your successful outcomes.

The social media campaign trumpeting your successes continues to roll through Delaware. #‎OurDelaware ‪#‎PartnersInAstrongerDelaware Many of you have sent us powerful images and stories that we’ve been able to get out to our public officials over social media. Keep them coming and we thank you!

Contact your JFC Members and Legislators

As you saw in the letter we sent you Monday morning from the JFC Co-Chair, Melanie George Smith, she intends to try to make any necessary cuts based on the JFC member recommendations, as opposed to “across-the-board.” Because of this, it’s that much more important for you and your boards, staff, and clients to reach out to them and make certain they know your great outcomes. Carefully craft a brief message for them to use in emails and phone messages, in 3 or 4 sentence talking points, that state how you make your clients lives better, as well as what the impact a 5% or 10% funding cut would have on the services you provide, or how a 5% or 10% cut in funding could impact employment at your nonprofit.

The final meeting for the Grant-In-Aid Bill will be on Tuesday, June 28 at 12:30 pm in the JFC Meeting Room at Legislative Hall, Dover, DE.

Voter Voice – We’ve added this new tool for your convenience in getting your important messages to your elected officials.  You can just send this link along with your specific talking points (for them to add to the Voter Voice message) to your board, staff, volunteers, and clients and they can send a message to your elected officials.  

Here’s the list of the Joint Finance Committee Assignments, that we sent out to you in May. Download the file here.

As always, reach out to me with any questions or comments: jbaker@delawarenonprofit.org

-John

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Nonprofit letter to Joint Finance Committee and General Assembly

Posted By John Baker, Friday, June 10, 2016

Delaware Revenue Solutions Coalition and the Delaware Nonprofit Sector

Letter to the State Budget Writing Joint Finance Committee and the General Assembly

The Joint Finance Committee completed their two weeks of “Marking Up” the State Budget last Thursday by about 9pm. They’re holding Grant-In-Aid until after the June 20 DEFAC Forecast. The Delaware Revenue Solutions Coalition (DANA, Delaware Community Foundation, Delaware Grantmakers Association, United Way, UD CCRS, Ability Network of Delaware, and AFP) has updated our Advocacy letter that you all signed onto by sending your logos that we’ve included in the letter. Please check it out here. It carries the same message as the one you received at the October 19, 2015 Nonprofit Forum. The letter is to the Joint Finance Committee members and more broadly the General Assembly members. The key message is that nonprofits are efficient, effective, innovative partners in contributing to Delaware’s quality of life. It includes specific requests that the JFC and General Assembly consider the revenue recommendations of the special DEFAC Report issued May 2015 to meet the budget gap of $72.8 million, instead of achieving it through cuts that include cuts to nonprofit contracts, pass-throughs, and Grant-In-Aid. 

As always, please reach out to me with any questions or comments at: jbaker@delawarenonprofit.org

-John

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Budget Crisis Updates

Posted By John Baker, Thursday, May 26, 2016

I will be posting more frequent blogs over the next 6 weeks as critical budget information that impacts the Delaware nonprofit sector becomes available. That said, I have the latest on Delaware’s budget crunch, following on the heels of the May 26 Delaware Economic Financial Advisory Council (DEFAC) forecast. 

The new total budget gap has swollen nearly $45 million to a total of $75.3 million. The Joint Finance Committee (JFC) cancelled their May 24 public start of their “Mark Up” of the Governor's proposed budget, and instead met privately to grapple with a new course forward. JFC started their public budget mark-up meeting yesterday (Wednesday), handling general initial review of the current financial challenges and began to review the major sections of the budget bill. 

The take-away from yesterday’s JFC meeting was the question that resounded through the chamber time and time again: “What is the Outcome of the Program?”

As you communicate with your JFC Members, Controller General Analysts, Representatives, and Senators, be certain to talk about and include your OUTCOMES.

To support the Delaware Nonprofit Sector, DANA and the Delaware Revenue Solutions Coalition are launching the “Our Delaware” series to get your stories of success out to the public, and more particularly to JFC members and the General Assembly. We’ve already started receiving your images and stories as the result of our email call for them yesterday. If you haven’t sent yours, send it today. Plus we’ll be updating the “Logo Letter” so if you haven’t sent us your logo, do it now.

On May 18, over 100 of you turned out for Nonprofit Day. Thank you! Now together, we’ll continue to build on this success.

As always, please reach out to me with any questions or comments at: jbaker@delawarenonprofit.org

-John

 

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General Assembly back in session

Posted By John Baker, Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Hello All,

The 148th General Assembly went back into session yesterday with the continued challenges of a very tight budget year, despite the last Delaware Economic and Financial Advisory Council (DEFAC) estimate was more optimistic. Mark your calendars! The Senate and House will meet Tuesday through Thursday through January 28 (see calendar here)The Joint Finance Committee (JFC) will begin meeting to build the budget Mondays through Thursdays, February 1 through February 25, then they will meet February 29 through March 3 on the Bond Bill (see the JFC calendar here).

The Governor’s State of the State is Thursday, January 21 at Legislative Hall. His budget presentation will be the following Thursday, January 28 at 1:00 p.m. in the Tatnall Building. Please check the Delaware.gov website for any updates or changes to scheduled events.

The DANA Annual Budget Update will be on February 17 from 9:00 a.m. to noon. We will bring you up-to-date on the Governor’s proposed budget and expected changes. This will be your opportunity to hear the latest from OMB, DHSS, the DSCYF, and the JFC.

The Delaware Revenue Solutions Coalition, our nonprofit coalition, continues to meet weekly. We have a busy season of meeting with legislators and taking them our message, including the letter you all signed onto with your logos. Please schedule your own meetings and be sure to incorporate the three points that we agree to in the letter. This is important so our elected officials hear a consistent and unified message coming from the nonprofit sector, leaders, board members, volunteers, and clients. All of our efforts will culminate at Nonprofit Day in Dover at Legislative Hall in May. Stay tuned to this blog and our website for updates.

Delaware Bills to Watch

While the Delaware Competes Act, HB 235, doesn’t directly affect nonprofits, it is a good bi-partisan attempt to strengthen Delaware’s position and economy. The bill was just filed Friday, and is an effort to increase Delaware’s competitiveness in retaining existing corporations and attracting new businesses and corporations to our state. View the Act here

Regarding the proposed Clean-Water Bill, I spoke with bill sponsor, Senator Bryan Townsend, and he assures me that the bill will be revised to address the concerns of nonprofits and others. I’ll keep you updated as I learn more on this.

U.S. Federal Treasury Rule Withdrawn

Thanks to all of our efforts, including DANA’s filed comments to the IRS, the U.S. Treasury Department and IRS has withdrawn their proposed “Gift Substantiation Regulation” that would have required nonprofits to collect Social Security numbers of donors that contributed more than $250. A job well done by our nonprofit community!

As always, feel free to reach out to me via email jbaker@delawarenonprofit.org or by phone 302-777-5500.

John

Tags:  Bond Bills  budget  DEFAC  Delaware  General Assembly  Governor  Joint Finance Committee  nonprofits 

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DEFAC Update

Posted By John Baker, Monday, December 21, 2015
Hi All,

Today's Delaware Economic Financial Advisory Committee (DEFAC) meeting revealed that their estimated "98% Appropriation" number is up $164 million. This still leaves a substantial gap between revenues and expenditures, but it's an improvement. There is still more work to be done. Let's continue to work together for the best outcome. 
 
Meanwhile, the Delaware Revenue Solutions Working Group of the nonprofit sector continues to meet. We have a full calendar of events to engage our elected officials, including:
  • January 21 - Governor's State of the State 
  • January 28 - Governor's Proposed Budget Presentation 
  • January has United Way hosting a Legislative Brunch in Dover (details still to come) 
  • February 17 - DANA Annual Budget Update, 9am-Noon in Dover 
  • February & March will be the JFC hearings 
  • April will have another Working Group program hosted by DelARF (details still to come)
  • May 25 - 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
Throughout the next six months, the Working Group 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. We are all partners for a stronger Delaware. 

As always, if you have any questions, please reach out to me. 

Thank you,
John Baker

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Keeping You Informed and Engaged in Delaware’s Challenging Budget

Posted By John Baker, Monday, September 28, 2015

As I tweeted out on Friday (@JohnDBaker1) the Governor announced the creation of the “Delaware Expenditure Review Committee.” The committee is led by Fred Sears of the Delaware Community Foundation, and will review state government for opportunities to create efficiencies and provide services in a more cost-effective manner. This new group complements the work of the Delaware Economic Financial Advisory Council (DEFAC) on revenues and their report published in May. 

The work of this group, along with that of DEFAC, JFC, Business Roundtable, and other projects, will be important in informing the work of the Nonprofit Sector’s initiative “Delaware Revenue Solutions Working Group” which is hosting a public forum on October 20th from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. Read more about it at this link to register and save your seat for this important nonprofit sector initiative.

Fred Sears, Chairperson of the Governor’s Expenditure Review Committee, had this to say about the newly created Committee: “This is not going to be easy, but I think the Governor and legislative leaders have appointed a good team that is prepared to go to work."

Joint Finance Committee (JFC) Co-Chair, Melanie George Smith said: “The JFC has made it a top priority to examine our budget for areas where we can save the taxpayers money while improving outcomes for everyone who relies on government services. The JFC welcomes the input, time and ideas of our friends and colleagues in the private sector, and looks forward to working together.”

The Committee, a bipartisan group of government and private sector leaders, includes:

  • Chairperson Fred Sears – Delaware Community Foundation, appointed by the Speaker of the House and designated as Chairperson by the Co-Chairs of the JFC
  • Fred Cottrell – Richards, Layton & Finger, appointed by the Senate Minority Leader
  • Rick Gessner – Capital One, representing the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce
  • Dennis Greenhouse – Former County Executive and State Auditor
  • The Hon,. Joshua Martin – Chairperson of DEFAC; Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP
  • Robert McMurray – Christiana Care Health System, representing the Delaware Business Roundtable
  • Mike Morton – Controller General
  • Ed Ratledge – Chaiperson of DEFAC’s Subcommittee on Expenditures; University of Delaware
  • Jack Riddle – Community Bank, appointed by the House Minority Leader
  • Jeff Taschner – DSEA, appointed by the Senate President Pro Tempore
  • Ann Visalli – Director of the Office of Management and Budget
  • Lincoln Willis – Former State Rep.; Willis Chevrolet

Recent important community voices in the News Journal’s editorial pages:

Tags:  budget  DEFAC  Delaware  Governor  Joint Finance Committee 

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