PERRY — Money and education

The 2013 legislative session is still more than three months away but the debates are already taking shape.

Budget hearings began this week with Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves taking to Twitter saying he hopes “agencies comes with ideas on how to save money, not a wish list of how to spend more” and Speaker of the House Philip Gunn agreeing – also on Twitter- with an emphatic, “Yes!” It seems both Republican-led chambers will be holding the state purse strings tight as the taxpayers and taxspenders both continue to slug through a weak economy that in Mississippi may have moved back into recession.

Two major issues potentially impacting the budget are Medicaid expansion and public employee pensions.

Madison County Journal
9/19/12