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Governor Jack Markell Released his Recommended Budget

Posted By John Baker, Friday, January 13, 2017

Governor Jack Markell recently released his recommended budget, now Incoming Governor Carney, 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.

DANA has been working on the financial challenges that face our Nonprofit Sector, meeting with our elected officials, engaging with the Governor Elects 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) 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 will be issuing it’s call to action that we can all organize around at the DANA Annual Budget Update on February 17th from 9-Noon, The Joint Finance Committee (JFC) Hearings are through February (calendar here), the DANA Annual Conference is May 15th, and DANA’s Delaware Nonprofit Day is June 8th at The Mall Legislative Hall from 11am-1pm.

Key Dates:

January 31 - March 2: Joint Finance Committee Hearing begin – See link below

February 17: DANA Annual Budget Update & Advocacy Briefing 9 AM – Noon  

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

June 8: DANA Delaware Nonprofit Day at The Mall Legislative Hall Dover

Quick analysis:

The proposed Delaware State Budget presented to the General Assembly as House Bill 25 proposes to balance the $350 Million budget gap through $212 Million in new revenue (described in the budget presentation linked below) and Agency Base Budget Reduction cuts of $31.831 Million and Grant-In-Aid cuts of nearly $13 Million; $11 Million cut for “First Responders” and $2 Million for “Community-Service Nonprofits” (Total GIA 2017 $45.89 Mill.).  Of the Agency cuts the largest cuts are in DHSS at $9.419 Million, DSCYF (Kids) at $462,000, and DOE at $16.173 Million.  If you receive “Pass-Throughs” check them out too.  A note of good news – “Tobacco – Master Settlement Agreement” has been replenished by approximately $1.6 Million.

Secretary of Finance Tom Cook. “The revenue changes we propose adhere closely to the recommendations of the recent bipartisan revenue task force which established a blueprint for reshaping state revenues to better grow with the economy.”

In Governor Markell’s words:  Sustaining Responsible State Finances with Mix of Revenue Increases and Spending Reductions

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 Markell

To close a $350 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 by limiting deductions (we are exploring to better understand which ones) and raising the rate of the top tax bracket by 0.2 percent. In addition, the Governor recommends an adjustment to the corporate franchise tax (we also need to understand if this will impact NPOs), increasing the State assessment on realty transfer tax, and an increase in the cigarette tax. Details can be found in the administration’s budget presentation and total a $212 million increase for the coming fiscal year.

Get the Governor’s 2018 Budget Presentation and full budget HERE.

Get the NewsWorks Summary and article HERE.

Here’s the full State Budget.

Here’s the “Hot-Off-The-Press” Joint Finance Detailed Calendar of Hearings.

 

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

Tags:  budget  Delaware  Delaware Revenue Solutions Coalition  Nonprofits  revenue 

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Vote Tuesday - Then OMB Budget Hearings Begin Wednesday November 9th

Posted By John Baker, Monday, November 7, 2016

Nonprofit Votes Matter – So vote on Tuesday, November 8th!!!

Then, if you haven’t already, checked the Delaware Office of Management and Budget calendar for the 2018 Budget Hearings and plan to attend and give public comment – limited to two minutes. Here’s the calendar: http://budget.delaware.gov/budget/massmemos/2017/2017-03.pdf

Some Messaging Points:

We the Delaware Revenue Solutions Coalition of the nonprofit sector agree upon the following points:

  • The Nonprofit Sector represents over 233,000 Delawareans that work and volunteer at Delaware Nonprofits.
  • The Nonprofit Sector, in partnership with state government, provides innovative, efficient, and effective services for all Delawareans.
  • Funding for the “Nonprofit Partners” line-item should be included in the Governor’s 2018 Budget.
  • No cuts should be made to contracts with Delaware nonprofits for services to Delawareans.
  • No more allocations should be added to the “Tobacco-Master Settlement Agreement, diluting remaining resources available for existing service providers.
  • Hold Grant-In-Aid level (FY2017 GIA Bill $45.9 Million).

The Nonprofit Forum on October 25th was a resounding success with over 75 nonprofit executives in attendance to engage in lively discussion with the Governor’s Chief of Staff, Drew Fennell, Delaware OMB’s Bert Scoglietti, the State Chamber’s James DeChene, DANA’s Sheila Bravo, The Ability Network of Delaware’s C. Thomas Cook, and United Way of Delaware’s Tyrone Jones…as well as your blogger…John. We heard from OMB’s Bert Scoglietti that with various cost drivers the budget gap will broadly exceed the September DEFAC forecast gap of $167 Million. This is a clarion call for you to mobilize your Board, Volunteers, and Friends to work with our Elected Officials to make the changes in funding that are needed to support the Life-Sustaining and Enriching Services that the Nonprofit Sector provides 24/7/365 to all Delawareans!

DANA and the Delaware Revenue Solutions Coalition will be working on your behalf, but this is the year we need to mobilize all possible resources to get our message out and have our elected government officials and the public understand that we are partners, critical to the successful navigation of our State’s Fiscal Challenges.

Check out the ADVOCACY TOOLKIT here:

Advocacy Tool Kit Cover
2017 Toolkit
2017 Toolkit Part 2

As always, if you have any questions or comments, feel free to reach out to me at jbaker@delawarenonprofit.orgor 302-777-5500.

-John

Delaware Revenue Solutions Coalition:
Delaware Alliance for Nonprofit Advancement
Ability Network of Delaware
Delaware Community Foundation
 
United Way of Delaware
Delaware Grantmakers Association
 
Association of Fundraising Professionals – Brandywine Chapter
University of Delaware Center for Community Research and Service
and the Delaware Nonprofit Sector

 

Tags:  Advocacy  Delaware  Delaware Revenue Solutions Coalition  Government  Nonprofit  Vote 

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