School Bus

Pay hike for school bus drivers wins preliminary approval

Charles Megginson Government, Headlines

The committee responsible for drafting the state’s budget has approved an increase in funding for Delaware’s public school bus drivers. The Joint Finance Committee, comprised of eight Democrats and four Republicans, voted last week to add $16.9 million to address recommendations from the Public School Transportation Committee, a group consisting of legislative and state budget officials, public and charter school …

Tax Credit

Committee votes to raise senior property tax credit

Charles Megginson Government, Headlines

The committee responsible for drafting the state’s budget has voted to restore the senior property tax credit to its pre-2017 level. The credit was cut from $500 to $400 per year in 2017 in an effort to close a budget shortfall that year. Currently, the program allows homeowners ages 65 and over to claim a tax credit against regular school …

Delaware state budget tops $1.5 billion

Lawmakers OK state worker pay raises, $500 bonus

Charles Megginson Government, Headlines

The General Assembly’s budget-writing committee on Tuesday approved raises for state workers. Under the governor’s proposed budget, employees on the lower end of the pay scale would get the most significant boost in pay. The Joint Finance Committee approved the increases during its first day of “markup,” a period during which the committee takes the governor’s recommended budget and votes …

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Labor Dept. says fraud behind many unemployment delays

Charles Megginson Government, Headlines

After Milford resident Candice Hamilton was let go from her health care job in November 2021 she immediately filed for unemployment.  After receiving her benefits for three weeks, the payments stopped.  In late December, Hamilton was told by a Department of Labor caseworker that her claim is in a queue awaiting assignment to a claims deputy and that there was …