The Delaware Joint Finance Committee told a packed room they would not be releasing lists of budget cuts to the media or the public today. This is truly disheartening. Does this mean we can only rely on what is said verbally at their meetings? Yes, I published a full list of the cuts up until yesterday. But I assumed that information is public and never questioned once that it shouldn’t be. I guess the Delaware Joint Finance Committee doesn’t want the public weighing in on all their cuts. James Dawson with Delaware Public Media released the following tweet today in response to this:
As well, the JFC decided it won’t meet again this week to give the General Assembly time to come up with some revenue raising legislation. To date, the JFC has cut $80 million from the budget with about $140 million left to go. To say the situation is becoming serious would be an understatement. Once again, Dawson released a tweet about this:
I attended probably the last third of the meeting today. Since no sheets were released, I have nothing new to report. I will rely on the mainstream media for that as they were in attendance the whole time.
When Governor Markell was Governor of Delaware, I complained about the lack of transparency constantly. It doesn’t look like our JFC and Governor Carney’s office learned the lessons from the prior administration. The people of Delaware deserve better than this.