CRAWFORD: Constitution should not be used to divvy up funding

The thought of using the Constitution to divvy up funding is truly a scary one. If Initiative 42 passes, we should expect more interest groups to give this approach a try. That leads to this consideration. The more programs that get increased levels of funding placed into the Constitution, the more revenue the state will have to generate to fund those programs. Unless the economy of Mississippi grows at super levels, the only source of significant new revenues will be tax increases.

Using the Constitution to set program funding levels is not a good idea.

Bill Crawford
Daily Journal
10/26/15