The Joint Finance Committee continued budget hearings this week, focusing on Departments of Education and Health and Human Services. Overshadowing these meetings was the continued specter of the estimated $350 million budget shortfall, and its impact on the future of state programs. Discussions focused on cost saving efforts surrounding education, including continuing to study the potential cost savings impact of school district consolidation. Shifting to public health, a growing concern is what actions Congress will take on Medicaid funding. The impact on Delaware could be an additional $120 million of costs associated with covering the 10,000 additional Delawareans added to its Medicaid expansion.
Hearings continue next week, including finishing public health and shifting to the judiciary. More to come next week.