Two state lawmakers are challenging Gov. Phil Bryant’s authority to cut the state budget including nearly $20 million in funding from public schools this fiscal year.
The Southern Poverty Law Center filed the lawsuit Wednesday in Hinds County Chancery Court on behalf of Rep. Bryant Clark, D-Pickens, and Sen. John Horhn, D-Jackson. The lawsuits challenge the cuts as unconstitutional.
Bryant called the lawsuit “ridiculous.”
“The latest attempt by the Democrats and their allies to use the court system in a desperate grasp for relevance poses a genuine danger to Mississippi credit rating,” Bryant said in a statement Thursday.