Miss. Lawmakers Submit FY 2015 Budget Proposal

Mississippi’s Joint Legislative Budget Committee has presented a proposed budget for FY 2015.

Committee chairman, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, says the $5.86 billion proposal maintains current agency spending while reducing more than 2,000 vacant positions.

The budget plan increases total spending by $36.3 million, or 0.6 percent above last year’s spending levels. Officials say the budget prioritizes education by increasing funding for the Institutions of Higher Learning (2.6 percent),
community colleges (3.3 percent), and K-12 General Education (12.9 percent).