Leaders: Bond deal expected

House and Senate leaders seemed confident Friday they would agree on a bond package this year to fund long-range construction projects.

“We are considerably closer,” said House Ways and Means Chair Jeff Smith, R-Columbus. “We have given the Senate all our projects, and the Senate has given us all of theirs except for maybe one.”

Earlier in the day, both Smith and his counterpart, Senate Finance Chair Joey Fillingane, R-Sumrall, were optimistic that a final agreement could be reached Friday. But late Friday, that seemed unlikely.

The legislative leadership has until 8 p.m. today to have agreements signed on revenue and bond bills and on appropriations bills to run the various state agencies.

On Friday, negotiators worked on all those issues.

Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal
3/30/13