Analysis: Budget writers ready to say ‘no’ to requests

Directors of Mississippi government agencies should get accustomed to one word as the 2017 legislative session approaches.

“No.”

Based on early budget proposals released by Gov. Phil Bryant and legislative leaders, that will be the answer to plenty of requests.

Mississippi’s economy continues to grow slowly, and tax cuts are projected to reduce the money that state government collects to pay for schools, mental health care, Medicaid, county health clinics, restaurant inspections, the state Crime Lab, casino regulators, county livestock shows and other services.

Clarion Ledger
12/11/16