House passes $4.45 billion state budget; bills now head to Senate


The Delaware House unanimously passed the fiscal 2020 operating budget Thursday, with no absent votes.

House Bill 225 was introduced on June 11, the earliest an operating budget has been filed in recent memory, according to a House Democratic Caucus release.

The fiscal 2020 budget is a 4.24-percent increase from last year’s budget. It deals with schools, cost increases associated with Medicaid growth, debt service and pay increases for state workers.

The House also unanimously passed House Bill 226, a supplemental spending bill that appropriates an additional $62 million for one-time operating expenditures.

“This budget is the result of months of hard work from the members of the Joint Finance Committee, staff and the countless advocates who come to Legislative Hall to make their case for many worthwhile programs,” saidRep. Quinn Johnson, D-Middletown, who chairs the budget-writing Joint Finance Committee.

The $4.45 billion spending plan and the supplemental bill now goes to the Senate, which faces a July 1 deadline to approve the budget. Last year, a stalemate developed over a last-minute minimum wage bill filed by Democrats. A compromise was later reached that established a youth and training wage.

A bill that would move the minimum wage to $11 an hour next year and increases the rate $1 a year until the figure reaches $15 an hour is not expected to get out committee this year.

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