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Budget for fiscal year 2013 approved by Delaware lawmakers | 9th July 2012 : WorldCasinoYellowPages

Budget for fiscal year 2013 approved by Delaware lawmakers

... 09 July 2012

DOVER, Del. (AP) – Final touches for the fiscal year 2013 with some minor bills came for discussions during this years session of the Delaware legislature on Sunday. After exchanges of views, the capital budget of $429 was approved by both the chambers. The amount would cover approx $256 million for non-transportation projects, including $120 million for public schools and $173 million for roads and other transportation projects. The amount of $36 million for economic development, comprising of $30 million for the states strategic fund is also included in the total budget amount.  An amount of $44 million has been earmarked as grants package for volunteer fire companies and other community organizations. The emergency medical services have been allocated $9 million whereas $8 million have been reserved for senior centers. An amount of $3.7 million would be utilized by the family and youth services and $6 million would go to the fire companies. A rise of one percent in the pay scales of the state employees would cost about $21 million during the next year. Markell expressed satisfaction over the budget session that focused on improvement of schools, generation of jobs and efficiency & transparency in the government activities. The proposal of Markell for online betting in Delaware and more wagering & gambling venues was supported by the lawmakers. As per the new law, keno would be expanded to at least 100 other sites beyond Delawares three casinos. Betting on NFL football to about 20 non-casino sites would also become a reality. Markell said that his intention was to upgrade the Delawares casino industry to face the stiff challenges of Maryland and Pennsylvania gambling venues. Robert Gilligan, who was retiring after 40 years in state politics and many other personalities were paid tribute by the lawmakers at the session.

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