Enacts Balanced Budget, Governor’s Legislative Priorities
DOVER – Capping a legislative session that saw his legislative priorities implemented, Governor Jack Markell Saturday night signed a balanced budget that supports the goals he set forth in his State of the State address: capitalizing on our economic strengths, creating and supporting the workforce of tomorrow through stronger schools, governing responsibly and enhancing Delawareans quality of life.
“This session provided an opportunity for us to build on our existing strengths and to make sound choices to keep Delaware moving forward,” said Markell. “We created more opportunities to put Delawarean’s back to work, invested in our classrooms and our students and we stayed fiscally responsible while remaining committed to the safety and well-being of all Delawareans.”
The Governor thanked legislators for their efforts, which wrapped up after midnight.
“Our strength resides in the capacity of our people, even in challenging times, to work with a common purpose,” said Markell. “I want to thank our legislators for, once again, putting aside their differences and partisanship and instead focusing on how we can create a greater State in which to work, live and visit.”
Two significant achievements during this legislative session focused on increasing government transparency. With broad bipartisan support, the Lobbying Disclosure Bill (SB 185) shines critical sunlight on the lawmaking process and dramatically expands disclosure requirements for lobbyists. Similarly, the Delaware Elections Disclosure Act (HB 300/310) requires prompt reporting of third-party spending on advertisements during an election season days before they go to the polls. The Act also enhances disclaimer requirements for third parties.
The 2012 Legislative Session saw Governor Markell’s legislative priorities pass, including:
Creating more jobs.
Making our schools stronger and more competitive.
Enhancing the safety and quality of life for Delawareans and its visitors
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