‘Tis the season for budget requests. And judging by the requests so far, it doesn’t appear that any of the state departments are willing to shave off any expenses this year.

Maybe none of the department heads have picked up on the strong indications that the fed won’t be passing on as much money to states’ coffers this upcoming year.

This is going to put a hole in many a state budget that heavily relies on federal largesse. Especially state governments that so generously give out money to Medicaid, food stamps and other entitlements.
Delaware stands in the front of the pack of this group.

But if there’s less federal money coming in, that means the state will need to fill the gap through other means.
Taxes may not be the wisest choice, even though the Tea Party effect had little effect on the Delaware elections this year.
Maybe without a certain powerful senator at the helm of the Joint Finance Committee, the group may actually agree to some of Gov. Markell’s spending cuts — many of which should have been made last year.

For what it’s worth, here’s a couple of more he may want to add:

• Cutting the Department of Transportation community affairs department from 18 or so, down to one. There is never more than a couple of press releases circulated a week. That could easily be done by one person, even if every member of Delaware’s meager press corps were to call and request information. Other departments with larger staffs only have one press person and DelDOT could get by with one as well.

• Let’s combine the Vo-Tech districts into one statewide district, eliminating the need for a superintendent, assistant superintendent, transportation supervisor, curriculum specialist and a whole host of other high-paying district positions that are completely unnecessary for school districts that have only one school to speak of. Even if you combine all the Vo-Tech schools in one school district, there would still be only six schools involved — a very small school district at best.
Anyone going through the budget could probably find a ton of other line items that could easily be eliminated for additional state savings.

Hopefully this upcoming legislative session will be one of cost savings.