Earmarks: State could take a big hit

As outlined on the front of the Perspective Section today, Mississippi stands to take a big hit if Congress goes through with its plans to cut funding and end “earmarks.”

Of immediate concern, as noted, “the proposed cuts of more than $100 billion would have a perilous impact on research initiatives,” totalling half a billion dollars slated for the University of Mississippi, Mississippi State University, the University of Southern Mississippi and Jackson State University.

“There is no question that a two-year moratorium on congressionally directed appropriations (also known as earmarks), will have an adverse effect on research activities at our state’s universities,” the education leaders point out.

Clarion Ledger
3/4/11