CHAPTER 597

APPROPRIATION

DELAWARE STATE HOSPITAL

AN ACT TO AUTHORIZE THE INCREASE OF SALARIES OF CERTAIN EMPLOYEES OF THE DELAWARE STATE HOSPITAL AND MAKING AN APPROPRIATION THEREFOR.

WHEREAS, Delaware State Hospital has become extremely handicapped because of the shortage of Aides and Attendants in the Nursing Department, and

WHEREAS, it has been impossible to obtain desirable candidates for such services, and

WHEREAS, the State Hospitals of neighboring States compensate their Aides and Attendants by approximately 35% more than the Delaware State Hospital, and

WHEREAS, the Delaware State Hospital is in an area where industrial plants create a great demand for employees and with whom it is now impossible to compete, and

WHEREAS, the Delaware State Hospital original Budget-request for "Salaries and Wages" was reduced by $125,500.00 for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1956 and by $264,500.00 for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1957,

NOW THEREFORE,

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Delaware:

Section 1. That the Delaware State Hospital is authorized to increase the salaries of those Aides and Attendants who are qualified according to the approved standards, by a minimum of 10% thus giving opportunity for the Delaware State Hospital to employ men and women, some of whom will make this service a career.

Section 2. In order to meet the additional expense pursuant to the provisions of Section 1, there is hereby appropriated the sum of $110,000.00 for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1957, in addition to the provisions for the Delaware State Hospital in the present budget.

Section 3. This act shall be known as a Supplementary Appropriation Act and the monies hereby appropriated shall be paid out of the General Fund of the State Treasury from funds not otherwise appropriated.

Approved June 7, 1956.