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Delaware Senate approves construction, transportation budget

June 28, 2019 GMT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Delaware’s state Senate has approved a capital budget of $863 million for construction and transportation projects in the fiscal year starting Monday.

The spending plan approved unanimously Thursday is significantly more than the $678.6 million proposed by Democratic Gov. John Carney in January, and $46 million higher than the current capital budget. The measure now moves to the House.

The bill includes $425 million for transportation projects, up from $368 million this year, and $437 million in non-transportation spending, a $10 million decrease. The latter funding includes money for construction, maintenance, technology, equipment, economic development and environmental projects.

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Lawmakers were able to add to Carney’s proposed budget because revenue projections have increased significantly since last June, climbing by about $217 million for this year and $100 million for next year.