Lawmakers discuss what they expect in the 2017 legislative session

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) – The countdown to the 2017 legislative session is on. Lawmakers will return to the Capitol next Tuesday. No matter the bills that get filed, money matters will likely weigh heavy on lawmaker’s decisions this year.

“We were conservative last year but we just had a downturn that we weren’t anticipating,” said Representative John Moore. “And at this point, it doesn’t take much of a downturn to make us have to make adjustments very quickly.”

Two-thousand-16 left state agencies with multiple rounds of budget cuts after revenue growth was slower than expected.

“The biggest challenge this legislative session that we’ll have will be on funding basic services that we have now,” explained Representative Earle Banks-D.