Bryant announces $43M in budget cuts, including $11M from MAEP

JACKSON, MS (WLOX) – Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant announced another round of budget cuts Tuesday, and this time, the state education budget is not exempt.

State Sen. Sean Tindell tells us the governor cut $11.2 million from the Mississippi Adequate Education Program. That’s a 0.5 percent reduction to the education budget.

Bryant made the official announcement on his Facebook page that he will reduced the state’s budget for fiscal year 2017 by a total of $43 million in this round of cuts. He said the adjustment is less than 1 percent of Mississippi’s $6.1 billion budget.