Legislators contemplate budget compromise

Legislative leaders met behind closed doors Thursday trying to reach a budget compromise that has a Saturday night deadline.

At one point Thursday, there was hope that negotiators could hammer out a final compromise on Thursday or today and present it to the House and Senate chambers Saturday for final approval.

But late Thursday, that agreement had not been reached.

“They are still talking,” Speaker Philip Gunn, R-Clinton, said of House Appropriations Chair Herb Frierson, R-Poplarville, and his Senate counterpart, Buck Clarke, R-Hollandale.

The budget deal must be approved by the two chambers by Monday night.

Caught up in the work on the budget is the size of a proposed pay raise for teachers and whether to provide additional funds to local school districts.

Daily Journal
3/28/14