MS Senate approves budget that would boost education funding

The state senate passed a $6.2 billion general fund budget for Fiscal Year 2017 on Wednesday that includes a $55 million boost to public education.

Under the proposed budget, the Mississippi Adequate Education Program would add $40 million to its $2.3 billion budget. State universities would see a $10 million increase in funding and community colleges would receive an additional $5 million over their current budget.

Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves said state general fund revenues have increased by more than $166 million over the past two years, and $150 million of that growth has gone to MAEP. Reeves said other state agencies were either cut or reduced to level funding.