Senate proposes extra spending on education, roads

JACKSON – The Senate on Monday hurriedly passed dozens of appropriations bills on to the House, earmarking more money for public education and county roads and bridges and keeping most agencies “level-funded.”

Senate Appropriations Chairman Buck Clarke said the Senate has earmarked $110 million more for K-12 education, $32 million for county roads and bridges, $20 million for a proposed tax cut, and $4 million more for the University of Mississippi Medical Center. He said this saps the $166 million in extra revenue the state has collected.

“We have spent all the money,” Clarke said. “It gets spent fast.”

Hattiesburg American
2/23/15