Mississippi Health Department seeks small budget increase

After two years of reductions, the Mississippi State Department of Health is requesting a modest budget increase for the coming year.

Posted: Jan 10, 2018 6:52 PM

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — After two years of reductions, the Mississippi State Department of Health is requesting a modest budget increase for the coming year.

The state health officer, Dr. Mary Currier, told senators Wednesday that the department has cut expenses by going from nine administrative districts to three. Offices in Tupelo, Jackson and Gulfport oversee the staffing and activities of Health Department clinics in multiple counties. Currier said the change has made management difficult and she would like to have six districts.

The state-supported part of the Health Department budget was $62 million last year and is $57 million this year.

An early proposal by top budget writers would give the department a small reduction for the year that starts July 1, but Currier is requesting an increase of $3.4 million. About $1.5 million of that would be for district staff and offices, $650,000 would be to deal with syphilis and HIV in the Jackson metro area, and nearly $1.7 million would be to track tuberculosis cases statewide to try to curb the spread of the disease.

"You don't want TB in institutions. You don't want TB in schools. You don't want TB in nursing homes," Currier said.

Senate Appropriations Chairman Eugene "Buck" Clarke, a Republican from Hollandale, said he will consider the request.

"I'd like to find them some money," Clarke said. "They got cut deeply in the last two years."

Legislators face a deadline in late March to write an overall $6 billion state budget for the coming year.

The Health Department is also asking lawmakers to consider authorizing $3.4 million in bonds to fund a loan program for improvements to rural water systems. Currier said for every $1 Mississippi would put into the program, the federal government would put $5.

Republican Sen. Angela Hill of Picayune said the rural water loan program would help the people she represents.

"That is just an important thing we definitely need to focus on trying to fund," Hill said.

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

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Confirmed Cases: 36680

Reported Deaths: 1250
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DeSoto195920
Madison148439
Jones122449
Harrison117716
Rankin112619
Neshoba104677
Forrest103843
Lauderdale96681
Scott82415
Jackson79819
Washington73713
Copiah67016
Leake63420
Lee62822
Oktibbeha61928
Grenada6049
Warren60021
Holmes59541
Lamar5837
Wayne56519
Yazoo5607
Lowndes54817
Leflore53456
Lincoln53335
Lafayette5064
Pike50520
Sunflower5048
Monroe46135
Panola4546
Covington4465
Simpson4433
Bolivar41218
Tate39213
Attala38624
Newton37610
Adams35820
Pontotoc3556
Marion34512
Claiborne30811
Pearl River30332
Winston30111
Chickasaw30019
Marshall2923
Jasper2816
Noxubee2799
Walthall2708
Clay26111
Union25412
Smith25212
Coahoma2306
Clarke22325
Lawrence2132
Yalobusha2089
Tallahatchie1954
Kemper18414
Carroll18211
Montgomery1793
Calhoun1705
Humphreys16910
Hancock14813
Itawamba1478
Tippah14611
Webster13411
Jefferson1283
Prentiss1274
Jefferson Davis1254
Tunica1253
George1233
Greene11610
Amite1123
Alcorn1072
Tishomingo1061
Quitman1011
Wilkinson989
Perry914
Stone772
Choctaw764
Franklin542
Sharkey480
Benton470
Issaquena101
Unassigned00

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Confirmed Cases: 54768

Reported Deaths: 1096
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Jefferson6746170
Mobile4904140
Montgomery4547112
Tuscaloosa269053
Madison22689
Marshall198011
Shelby169125
Lee159637
Morgan13385
Baldwin127711
Walker107532
Elmore106721
Etowah101114
Dallas10029
DeKalb9677
Franklin93816
Autauga69815
Russell6860
Unassigned67928
Chambers67730
Butler65229
Limestone6393
Tallapoosa63069
Cullman6156
Houston6077
Lauderdale5776
St. Clair5443
Calhoun5155
Colbert5096
Escambia4888
Lowndes48422
Pike4795
Jackson4352
Coffee4284
Covington41612
Talladega4017
Barbour3992
Dale3951
Bullock37810
Hale35423
Marengo35411
Chilton3312
Blount3201
Clarke3176
Wilcox3038
Winston2995
Sumter29213
Marion29014
Pickens2746
Randolph2639
Monroe2603
Perry2502
Conecuh2318
Bibb2241
Macon2199
Choctaw21712
Greene1989
Henry1553
Washington1488
Lawrence1360
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Cherokee1247
Geneva980
Lamar891
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