Leaders’ priorities, major issues for 2016 Legislature

Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, Gov. Phil Bryant and others will push phasing out the franchise tax on businesses, which brings in about $245 million a year. But some leaders say the budget can’t sustain such tax cuts without major spending cuts elsewhere….

…Numerous reform measures pushed by GOP leaders in the past are likely to resurface — district consolidation, appointing rather than electing superintendents and more “school choice” such as charter school expansion….

…House Speaker Pro tem Greg Snowden, R-Meridian, has suggested the state adopt an alternative flag without banning the current one.