Earmark ban would cost state billions

TUPELO – Senators from Mississippi, the nation’s second highest earmark recipient after California, joined a growing congressional movement to temporarily ban the practice of funneling federal money to projects back home.

If it becomes law, the move could strip billions of dollars from the Magnolia State that historically have helped pave roads, fund research, erect buildings, and employ workers.

Sens. Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker, R-Miss., who respectively rank No. 1 and No. 3 nationwide in securing earmarks, released statements Tuesday saying they support a two-year moratorium on them.