"And while we want to keep taxes low, and Delaware's are attractive, we should not shortchange our children and their future to pay for unaffordable tax cuts today," he said, a reference to extending tax increases that were imposed as a temporary fiscal measure in 2009 and are scheduled to start expiring later this year. Expiration of the tax cuts could cost about $37 million in the first year and almost $181 million in the following year.
"I think we'll probably wind up keeping them in place," House Majority Leader Valerie Longhurst, D-Bear, said of the 2009 tax increases, adding that they could be extended with some modifications.
Republican Senate Minority Whip Greg Lavelle said efforts to improve public schools should not be limited to better pay for teachers but should include making it easier to get rid of ineffective ones.
"That's something we should look at it if we're trying to improve education," he said. "They're protected under the current structure."