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  Patterson updates ABC on Infrastructure projects  

Greg Patterson  recently met ABC members at our first Pancakes and Politics breakfast to discuss President Joe Biden's Infrastructure Law.  For a copy of his presentation, click here

From left to right: ABC Legislative Co-Chair Jeff DiSabatino from DiSabatino Construction, Greg Patterson from the State of Delaware and ABC 2023 Chair, Jeromy Newton from Nickle Electrical Companies.

He was appointed by Governor John Carney in January 2022 as Infrastructure Implementation Coordinator to manage funding received by the State of Delaware through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law signed by President Biden in November 2021. 

Delaware is expected to receive more than $2 billion over 5 years through the law, including significant new funding for road and bridge repairs, public transit, broadband expansion, clean water projects, and electric vehicle infrastructure.



  Proposed State Capital Budget introduced  

SB 40, Governor Carney’s proposed state capital budget was introduced to the General Assembly last week. For a copy of the bill, click here. The bill will go through the Appropriations committee for final approval before being submitted for full General Assembly vote in June.

The proposed capital budget is the highest in state history at $1.289 billion dollars. 

Bond Bill Highlights:

  • Office of Management and Budget - $445,413 million
  • Department of Education - $203,415 million
  • DNREC - $60 million
  • DelDOT - $322,280 million
  • U of DE, Delaware State and Delaware Tech - $20 million each




  Governor Carney Presents Proposed Fiscal Year 2024 Budget  

HB 75, Governor John Carney’s budget was presented to the General Assembly last week.  For a copy of the bill, click here.  The bill will go through Appropriations committee for final approval before being submitted for full General Assembly vote in June.

Governor Carney's plan focuses on strengthening the economy, investing in public schools, supporting Delaware's families and workforce, and protecting the environment.

Fiscal Year 2024 Budget Highlights

  • General Fund Operating budget totals $5.5 billion, growing 7.4% from FY23
  • Sets aside over $18.9 million in reserves (after projected cash to bond bill and grant in aid)
  • Appropriates $324.9 million toward one-time items in a separate supplemental appropriation bill
  • Takes continued steps toward providing compensation and pay equity for state employees
  • Increases teacher pay by 9% and public education employee pay by 3%
  • Increases Opportunity Funding investments by $15 million in our schools for low-income students and English language learners
  • Historic investment of $101.5 million in affordable housing programs and incentives
  • Supports economic development and infrastructure throughout the State
  • Continues investments in clean water, economic development and fulfills our commitments to new school construction


  88% of the US Construction Industry Workforce Does Not Belong to a Union  
Construction unions lost 5,000 members over the past year, decreasing from 1.024 million members in 2021 to 1.019 million members in 2022. That’s despite the fact that the construction industry grew by 514,000 workers, from 8.157 million in 2021 to 8.671 million in 2022.




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ABC Legislative Committee

Thursday, March 23, 8:30 a.m., ABC Boardroom

Women in Construction Dinner

Tuesday,  April 4, 4:00 p.m.,  Wild Quail Country Club, Register here

HobNob on the Green

Thursday, May 18, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., The Green across from Legislative Hall