On Wednesday, Governor Phil Bryant released his state budget recommendation for the upcoming fiscal year.

The Governor’s budget calls for no additional funding for public education despite the fact that Mississippi is currently $265 million short of fully funding the Mississippi Adequate Education Program (“MAEP”) formula. The Governor’s failure to properly fund education is especially striking in light of his estimate that next year the state will have some $241 million more in tax collections than we have today.

House Democratic Caucus Leader Bobby Moak (D-Bogue Chitto) said, “The Governor and Republicans in the Legislature have refused to fund education at a basic level for years now. In the past, the excuse has been that we simply do not have the money. Now, when their own estimate shows that we do have the money, they still will not agree to fund education at a basic level.”

Moak added, “This recommendation demonstrates what we have said along: funding education is simply not a priority for Mississippi Republicans.”

Rep. Bobby Moak