Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and Senate Appropriations Chairman Eugene “Buck” Clarke today released a Fiscal Year 2013 Senate Budget that avoids cuts to education while adequately funding other essential state services.

The Senate Appropriations Committee today began reviewing the budget for Fiscal Year 2013, which begins July 1.
“This is a realistic budget that reflects the current economy,” Lt. Gov. Reeves said. “We’re prioritizing education funding while setting aside reserves for FY 2014. Releasing the entire budget today is part of my commitment to transparency in the budgeting process.”

The Senate has passed major education reforms, including meaningful charter school and school district consolidation legislation. However, reforms must be coupled with adequate resources in order to provide educational excellence. The Senate Budget increases funding for public schools and maintains current funding levels for universities and community and junior colleges.

“While I am pleased we were able to keep education funding at current levels, we must be mindful of saving for future fiscal years,” Senate Appropriations Chairman Clarke said.
The Senate Budget is attached.

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