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Lawmakers present budget recommendation

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Updated: 12/03/2013 10:33 am
JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) -- The state of Mississippi will do away with more than 2,000 vacant jobs if lawmakers and the governor agree on a recommended budget presented Tuesday morning.

The Joint Legislature Budget Committee Recommendation for the 2015 Fiscal Year was released by Lt. Governor Tate Reeves.

Lawmakers say the $5.86 billion proposed budget would maintain current agency spending.

It does include an increase in total spending of $36.3 million, 0.6 percent over the current fiscal budget.


The budget prioritizes education spending by increasing funding for colleges, community colleges, and K-12 education.


Reeves say the committee presented a realistic budget the utilizes recurring revenue for recurring expenses. 

He says for the first time in 10 years, no one-time money is included for operating expenses.

 

Lawmakers also want to set aside $548 million to increase the Rainy Day Fund.

 

The debate on the new budget will begin in January when lawmakers return for the 2014 Regular Session.

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