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Mississippi Budget Talk

 

UNDATED, Miss. (WCBI)-Governor Phil Bryant and Legislative budgeters are about $200 million dollars off on how much money to stash away for a rainy day. But a key state senator says that gap likely will be eaten up among Medicaid, education and a few other wishes. Bryant’s proposed budget adds about $100 million to the state’s rainy day fund. The Budget Committee sets aside about $300 million. Among other things Bryant wants to spend some money to jump start early childhood education and to settle a lawsuit over the state’s foster care system. Senator Terry Brown said, “We are holding on to some money anticipation we may have to put a bump in it to take care of the Medicaid situation that we’ve got. I know the governor has some things he wants to spend it on.” The Legislature convenes Tuesday but is not expected to finish the budget until April.