Delaware approves largest capital improvement budget in state history

Posted on 07-06-2021

Delaware Gov. John Carney signs several budget bills surrounded by legislative leaders in his Dover office Wednesday afternoon. (courtesy Gov. Carney’s office)

Lawmakers were nearly unanimous in their votes in favor of Delaware’s $1.35 billion capital improvement budget, but several expressed reservations about the idea of spending so much money. The spending bill is $400 million more than the FY 2021 capital budget approved last year.

Gov. John Carney signed the capital budget along with the $4.77 billion operating budget Wednesday afternoon.

He said both bills represent the state’s commitment to sound financial principles.

“If you think about it, look at other states across the country, the ones that are struggling and have trouble, they don’t do it right,” Carney said. “They’re not able to, in the long term, to provide the necessary services for the people that they work for, and they’re not able to attract additional employers to their state which largely make a lot of that revenue possible.

The capital budget, also referred to as the bond bill, allocates state money to pay for construction projects and maintenance on state facilities including roads, schools and courthouses throughout Delaware.