Bryant revises his Miss. budget for coming year

First-term Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant is revising his state budget for the year that begins July 1.

In his new plan, released Tuesday, the Republican no longer asks local school districts to dig into their own financial reserves to offset state funding cuts. Instead, he proposes giving elementary and secondary schools, community colleges and universities the same amount of money next year as this year.

He also suggests an extra $3 million for the Mississippi Highway Patrol and another $31.5 million to Medicaid, the government health insurance program for the needy and disabled. He said the Medicaid money would offset an expected loss in federal support.