Snowden, Young address legislative priorities

Mississippi House Speaker Pro Tempore Greg Snowden (R) Meridian, said Friday a strong surge in revenues has the state budget up by $50 million at the end of December.

Snowden said he looked at the numbers as the calendar year of 2014 ended from figures posted by the Mississippi Legislative Budget Office. The December figures, however, represent just the first half of the state’s fiscal year 2015 budget.

Snowden said one reason why the state is enjoying its success was the financial discipline the Legislature showed in its 2014 term that ended last April. The 2015 Mississippi Legislature session begins Tuesday in Jackson….

… Democratic House Rep. Charles Young of Meridian said his party will focus its attention this legislative session on restoring cuts in education and health care.

“My two biggest priorities are education and health care,” Young said. “The budget recommendations regarding teacher raises in the last session, could have been better. I am also really concerned about the Department of Health.”

Meridian Star