Republicans in the general assembly recently announced that they are drafting legislation that would fund the Delaware state government through the month of July, in the event that no budget deal is reached by July 1.

“We continue to hope that we will be able to finalize a budget by July 1,” said Senate Minority Leader Gary Simpson. “But in the event that we are unable to come to an agreement, it is important to us that the state government continue to operate.”

The proposed legislation, authored by Sen. Colin Bonini, would fund the state budget for the month of July at current rates of spending and would be introduced in the event that attempts to pass the budget on the last night of session are unsuccessful.

“We are committed to bringing real, structural reform to our state government,” said House Minority Leader Danny Short, R-Seaford, “and if that takes extra time, we believe that continuing to fund operations is the right thing to do.”

The legislation is in the final stages of the drafting process and will be available for review upon completion.​