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DOVER – In his weekly message, Governor Markell talks about the priorities reflected in the balanced budget proposal he unveiled this week. The proposed Fiscal Year 2013 budget invests in jobs and public education, keeps the state’s commitment to critical areas like public health and safety and balances without the need to raise taxes or add new fees.
“Budgets are about priorities – our budget proposal makes clear that our top priorities are encouraging economic growth, making our public schools stronger, and ensuring that we are governing effectively,” said Markell.
With jobs remaining the Governor’s top priority, the budget proposal makes several investments in economic growth, including replenishing the Strategic Fund to help attract new employers and expand efforts to grow small businesses.
“Our focus on getting people back to work is why our budget replenishes the strategic fund so we can have more stories to tell like the expansions at places like Amazon, Mountaire, Johnson Controls or PBF Energy. It’s why we’ve focused the investments in our capital budget on projects that both get people to work building them and improve our quality of life, so our state can remain a great place to build a business and raise a family.”
The budget proposal includes significant investments in education, including additional state funding for 111 new teacher units in schools, step increases for school employees, salary increases for paraprofessionals, and continued efforts to improve early education. The budget also continues years of efforts to govern responsibly by finding ways to cut costs.
“I look forward to working with the members of the General Assembly, particularly the members of the Joint Finance Committee, over the coming months to make progress on these shared priorities and to enact a reasonable, responsible budget, one that rises to meet some of the challenges we face and positions our state well – to help people get back to work, invest in stronger public schools, govern responsibly, and keep Delaware, moving forward.”
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