Delaware budget officials are starting to lay the groundwork for developing a budget for next fiscal year.
Budget director Ann Visalli and her staff are beginning meetings this week to hear budget requests from various state agencies.
The meetings begin Wednesday with agency hearings that include the agriculture and economic development departments, and the Department of State.
The public hearings will continue through the end of the month. Administration officials will use the information gathered to fashion a budget proposal that Gov. Jack Markell will submit to lawmakers in January.