Leaders: No agreement on more money for Mississippi highways

Republicans leaders in the Mississippi House and Senate say they don't expect to agree on a comprehensive plan to put more money into highways this legislative session.

Posted: Mar 23, 2018 3:39 PM

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Republicans leaders in the Mississippi House and Senate say they don't expect to agree on a comprehensive plan to put more money into highways this legislative session.

However, they say a bond bill could include money to replace some local bridges. The deadline for filing budget and bond bills is Saturday night.

Budget writers met Friday and slightly increased the estimate amount of money the state will be able to spend during the fiscal year that ends June 30, and during fiscal year 2019, which begins July 1.

State economist Darrin Webb says the Mississippi and national economies are improving.

Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves says most agencies won't receive budget increases, but the Department of Child Protection Services will. Mississippi is under a federal court order to improve foster care.

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