Sid Salter: Expect fight over BP settlement funds

Mississippi got a $2.2 billion settlement from BP, but not all of that is subject to the unfettered will of the Mississippi Legislature. Specifics of the settlement include, over time, $750 million in economic damages that will be subject to state legislative appropriations…

…But upstate, lawmakers are not yet ready to concede to a plan that substantially excludes central and northern counties from benefitting from a portion of the BP settlement.

That’s problematic for the lower six Gulf Coast counties, which don’t possess the numbers in the Senate or the House to impose their will on the rest of their legislative colleagues. So most legislative observers expect a bruising sectional fight over the BP settlement funds that rivals the fight over the state’s Hurricane Katrina relief funds back in 2006.

Clarion Ledger