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Senate Bill 250

Senate Bill 250

As chair of the budget-writing Joint Finance Committee, Sen. Trey Paradee sponsored a $5.1 billion operating budget for the State of Delaware that upheld the General Assembly’s commitment to state workers and retirees, while making new investments in Delaware’s public schools and critical programs that benefit some of the state’s most vulnerable residents. 

Passed with overwhelming bipartisan support, Senate Bill 250 made sizable investments in affordable childcare and Delaware’s public school transportation network – both of which were severely strained during the height of the pandemic. 

The spending plan added nearly $19 million to Delaware’s Purchase of Care program that helps low-income families afford early childhood and after-school education for children up to the age of 12. 

Senate Bill 250 invested roughly $17 million in school bus drivers and related programs after a workforce shortage that predated the pandemic and a brief strike at a major busing contractor threatened to cause severe disruptions for thousands of school children and their families in 2001. 

The FY 2023 operating budget also fulfilled a four-year commitment to fully fund increases in the reimbursement rates for direct support professionals who serve adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. 

The spending plan further included a $16.5-million increase to reach 100% of the benchmarks required by the McNesby Act, funding that resulted in an additional $27.5 million in federal matching funds. 

Other notable highlights in the budget bills include: