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Delaware budget committee meets as negotiations bog down

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(AP) β€” Legislative budget writers are scheduled to resume their work as negotiations between Republican and Democratic leaders over a spending plan for the fast-approaching fiscal year have stalled.

The General Assembly’s Joint Finance Committee was set to convene Wednesday, after a scheduled meeting on Tuesday failed to materialize.

Lawmakers are facing a gap of more than $350 million between estimated revenue and proposed spending for the fiscal year starting Saturday, according to Democratic Gov. John Carney’s administration.

But budget talks between Republican and Democratic legislative leaders have bogged down amid disagreements over Democratic proposals to increase taxes on Delawareans and Republican demands that the state rein in spending.

Republicans say they are drafting a continuing resolution to keep government operating in the event a budget agreement is not reached by Saturday.

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