The Clarion-Ledger, 2/23/9

Legislation that helps pay for repairs to community colleges, state buildings and roads is among the revenue bills up in the air as a key legislative deadline looms this week.

Wednesday is the deadline for money bills to clear the chambers they originated in. If the measures don’t gain approval, they will not survive the ongoing 2009 regular legislative session.

The fate of some bills hinges on a federal stimulus package recently signed into law. Mississippi stands to gain $2.3 billion from the plan, and the money may help offset projects the state had expected to pay for.

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Dean Kirby said he’s waiting on details of the stimulus plan before drafting a bond bill that would pay for maintenance and repairs to colleges, state buildings and the state fire academy.