After historic Delaware budget breakdown

After historic Delaware budget breakdown

After an unprecedented breakdown in the General Assembly, Delaware state government is running without a budget. Lawmakers voted and negotiated through Friday afternoon and long into the night — the Senate did not adjourn until 5:20 a.m. Saturday — but no budget deal came close. So legislators passed a temporary measure to keep government from shutting down for 72 hours and went home.

02 Temmuz 2017 - 09:48

After an unprecedented breakdown in the General Assembly, Delaware state government is running without a budget.

Lawmakers voted and negotiated through Friday afternoon and long into the night — the Senate did not adjourn until 5:20 a.m. Saturday — but no budget deal came close.

So legislators passed a temporary measure to keep government from shutting down for 72 hours and went home.

"The whole damn building's disappointed right now," said Speaker of the House Pete Schwartzkopf, D-Rehoboth. "This has never been done before."

Legislators will return to Dover at 1 p.m. Sunday. Taxpayers, state employees, organizations that receive state grants and those that rely on government services are anxiously wondering what could change in three days that would result in the compromise that has eluded legislators for months?

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