Coast legislators focused on distribution of BP money

A year ago the State Senate passed a bill to distribute the BP money, but the bill failed to make it out of the House. This time around the state senators from the Coast remain committed to making sure that BP money makes it to South Mississippi.

“I have stated that 100 percent should be on the Coast,” said Sen. Brice Wiggins. “We received most if not all of the damage so it should be where the damage happened.”

In the House, it may not be so easy. Speaker Philip Gunn said he would like to explore all options.

“My position on that has been more about making sure the money is spent on the things that bring a positive return for the state,” Gunn said. “I want to spend it on things that are going to bring economic development, jobs and give us a return on the money.”