DOVER — Gov. John Carney’s proposed fiscal year 2023 budget has a focus on infrastructure, and a big bill for environmental initiatives.
It includes $26.8 million for libraries, $6. million for affordable housing, $5.5 million for Downtown Development Districts, $4 million for stronger neighborhoods and $21 million for preserving historical and recreational sites.
To “protect future generations,” the state will allocate $12.2 million to the Clean Water Trust Fund, which will also receive $355 million in federal funding. Agricultural land preservation and open space will be maintained with $30 million in funds, shoreline and waterway resiliency gets $7.5 million, a Cover Crop Program totals $3.2 million, the Conservation Cost Share is $1.7 million and the Delaware Bayshore will receive $500,000.
ARPA funds will include $355 million for statewide technology and capital upgrades, $135 million in housing development and emergency housing, $121 million for hospitals and health care facilities, $112.5 million for the Community Investment Recovery Fund, $107 million for high school education, $100 million in COVID-19 response and mitigation and $50 million for workforce development and pathways.
The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law includes provisions for transportation infrastructure and other infrastructure. Gov. Carney proposed a $1.2 billion for federal highway funds. The act will give $225 million for bridge replacements and repairs, $220 million for public transit improvements and $100 million for broadband infrastructure.