Mississippi lawmakers will hold a single day of public hearings next week to start the months-long process of writing a state budget.
Hearings are set for Monday at the Woolfolk state office building, across the street from the state Capitol in downtown Jackson.
State agencies have already submitted requests for the 2020 budget year, which begins July 1, 2019.
The Budget Committee used to hold several days of hearings each September to ask questions of state agency leaders.
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Gov. Bryant signs Suicide Prevention Month proclamation
The Department of Mental Health will hold its second annual Suicide Prevention Symposium Sept. 17. I was proud to join agency leadership today to sign a proclamation declaring September as Suicide Prevention Month in Mississippi. pic.twitter.com/g7Vhv77C1n
— Phil Bryant (@PhilBryantMS) September 11, 2018
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MSGOP calls MS Democrats response to Trump cancellation “shameful”
Injecting politics with a cancelled visit by our President due to a natural disaster bringing potential catastrophic impacts to the U.S. East Coast is shameful. pic.twitter.com/XCOek3RzLn
— Mississippi GOP (@MSGOP) September 11, 2018
Ag Commissioner Gipson celebrates WOTUS ruling
Big win for Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas today when a court ruled the WOTUS (Waters of the United States) rule would not be enforced in our states. This is another good result for Mississippi farmers and ranchers.
— Andy Gipson (@AndyGipsonForMS) September 12, 2018
Well it finally happened. The state legislature agreed on how to spend the $750 million coming to the state from the BP oil disaster settlement and the governor signed the bill into law. Now 75 percent of the settlement money will come to the six southernmost Mississippi counties.
We had argued that 100 percent of the money belonged to the coast since the coast is where the damage was done. There were some in the state who wanted to distribute the BP money equally across the entire state.
While difficult to swallow any of the money going elsewhere, the 75 percent compromise for South Mississippi seems to be wise and the best deal our local legislators could get.