Mississippi lawmakers face demands from citizens even as they seek to hold down spending

Mississippi lawmakers will start 2014’s work at noon Tuesday.

Even as revenues continue to rise, some leaders are emphasizing holding down new spending and making sure money is spent well. Those were points of emphasis Monday in a speech by Lt. Gov Tate Reeves. And Gov. Phil Bryant, a fellow Republican, issued a report calling for more efforts to make sure spending produces results.

Other issues include prisoner sentencing, Medicaid expansion and school standards.

But lawmakers will also face demands for more spending from constituents during the 90-day session, which lasts until April.