by James DeChene
Delaware Economic and Financial Advisory Council (DEFAC) met on April 19, and the news stemming from their latest forecast continues to be cause for concern. DEFAC anticipates the state will bring in about $4.8 million less this year and $11 million less in 2018. Between expenditure savings made by the state, an additional $9.1 million has been added to the budget gap, meaning the state is now facing a $395 million budget hole. What this means for the Governor’s recommended budget is unclear, as it was crafted to deal with a $386 million shortfall. Most of the decline came from the Corporate Income Tax, which dropped by an additional $14 million in 2017, and $15.8 million in 2018. Those projected losses more than offset $14 million in projected gains in personal income tax revenue this year and next. The next meeting is on May 15.
The General Assembly is back in session next week, and will take up a number of bills relative to the business community, including the Homeless Bill of Rights, the legalization of marijuana, wage history reporting, the lodging tax, along with the continued conversations surrounding an increase in Personal Income Tax rates and increases to Corporate Franchise Taxes. More to come.
James DeChene is the Chamber's Senior Vice President of Government Affairs.