2018 Mississippi legislative session underway

“We’ve said all along we want to work on a rewrite of the education funding formula,” said House Speaker Philip Gunn, a Republican. “I think there’s a better way of doing it. I think we can find a more reliable predictable stream of revenue.”

That was at the top of last year’s list but it didn’t gain any traction.

“I think information is critically important before any member of the Senate, at least, should be asked to vote on any new funding formula,” said Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves.

Democrats are still skeptical about what they call a lack of transparency.

“The fact that this has been going on now for more than a year and it’s still taking place in secret ought to absolutely terrify everybody who cares about public education in the state of Mississippi,” said Sen. Hob Bryan, a Democrat representing District 7.