JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant on Wednesday signed a $2.5 billion budget for elementary and secondary schools, putting in place one of the biggest pieces of an overall state government spending plan for the coming year.
Bryant signed the bill the same day that members of the Joint Legislative Budget Committee met and increased the estimates of how much money the state can spend on a variety of other programs, including prisons, universities and Medicaid.
Committee members added nearly $102 million to the revenue estimate for fiscal 2015, which ends June 30, and $30 million for fiscal 2016, which begins July 1. The state-funded portion of the budget will be more than $6 billion for this year and next.