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Carney tells nonprofits there may be loss of $500 million to $1 billion in state revenue

From The News Journal

Gov. John Carney told leaders of Delaware’s nonprofits Thursday that with so many businesses closed, the state may lose $500 million to $1 billion in state revenue.

Because of that, he said he can’t be sure what will happen with the state budget.

Carney and Lt. Gov. Bethany Hall-Long fielded questions from nonprofits during a virtual town hall focusing on the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. It was organized by the Delaware Alliance for Nonprofit Advancement.

One of the questions asked was what they could expect in the 2021 budget, particularly as it applies to bond funding and the grants-in-aid that keep many of them afloat.

Carney said that picture is not yet clear. The state normally would be getting a lot of revenue from casinos and other businesses now ordered shut to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Because of that, there could be $500 million to $1 billion in lost revenue.

He said he hopes the Legislature can come together to create a budget by June 30. He also noted that federal stimulus money cannot be used to make up for that lost revenue.

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