Senator questions making big budget changes in special session

State Sen. Hob Bryan, D-Amory, questioned whether Legislature should or could change the state budgeting process in a one- or two-day special session as proposed by Gov. Phil Bryant.

On Friday, the Republican governor announced that he wants the Legislature to consider the Financial and Operational Responses that Invigorate Future Years Act (FORTIFY Act) during the special session that he has called to begin at 10 a.m. today.

Bryant said the FORTIFY proposal is designed to address concerns with the state’s budgeting process raised by national rating agencies.

“It is completely irresponsible to propose to revamp the entire budgeting process on a Friday and expect the Legislature to do it on a Monday or Tuesday,” Bryan said.

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