SENATE REACHES AGREEMENT ON FISCAL 2010 BUDGET

JACKSON – In a late evening move Senate and House budget conferees reached a joint resolution on restoring cuts made to the current fiscal 2010 budget.

“This bipartisan agreement with the House conferees has taken a lot of hard work and time but it has been worth the fight,” Lt. Governor Bryant said. “SB 2495 makes it possible for us now to continue crafting a fiscal 2011 budget resolution. I appreciate the hard work and dedication of the Senate and House budget conferees through this very challenging process.”

The compromise will restore over $37 million to K-12 including $2 million for National Board Certified Teachers. It fully restores cuts made to District Attorneys and their staff, $4 million to Mental Health, $1.7 million to Public Safety and a total of $16 million to the Department of Corrections. The total amount of restorations made to state agencies is $82 million.

Another part of the agreement includes Governor Barbour adding an additional $4 million to community and junior colleges from his discretionary fund.

Senate Conferees for SB 2495 were: Senators Alan Nunnelee (R-Tupelo), Terry Burton (R-Newton), Doug Davis (R-Hernando). The Senate will reconvene Wednesday at 9:00 a.m.

For more information: http://billstatus.ls.state.ms.us/2010/pdf/history/SB/SB2495.xml