AP News : Miss. lawmakers enter final days of budget writing

The Mississippi legislature plans to finalize the state budget before the end of the session in early April.  The 14-member Joint Legislative Budget Committee added $150 million to the fiscal 2014 budget (which ends June 30th) and $98 million to 2015 for a total budget of $5.4 billion.

Saturday, March 29th is the deadline for final versions of all proposed spending in the 2015 fiscal year.  Remaining significant issues include the following:

  • Teacher pay raise
  • Training school for Highway Patrol troopers, strike force teams, and the state Crime Lab
  • Mississippi Adequate Education Program (MAEP)

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