Governor John Carney will deliver his 2021 State of the State Address at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, January 26 from the Senate Chamber at Legislative Hall.
Two days later, the governor will present his recommended Fiscal Year 2022 budget at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, January 28.
It is unusual for both events to take place the same week, marking the latest in a long series of departures from the norm that have occurred over the last 10 months.
The State of the State will outline, in broad strokes, Delaware’s current status and the governor’s vision for what he would like to accomplish in the year ahead.
The governor’s budget reflects his suggested funding priorities for state government for the fiscal year that begins July 1. Legislative budget writers will take that spending plan, altering it over the next several months to reflect their own collective sensibilities as well as the state’s evolving revenue estimates.
Unlike the federal government, Delaware is limited to spending no more than 98% of projected revenue, so the amount of cash available to be budgeted will change each time a forecast is issued. There will be four more revenue estimates that will be issued between now and the start of FY 2022.
Both the State of the State and the budget presentation will be held virtually, without an audience.