JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi legislators are setting details of a state government spending plan for the year that begins July 1.
They were filing final versions of budget bills under a Saturday night deadline.
The state-funded portion of the budget will be nearly $6 billion.
That's a slight increase over the current year.
Budget writers are setting aside $52 million to pay for a teacher pay raise that's already approved.
The state will cover the rising cost of state employees' health insurance, so the employees will not lose money.
The Legislative Black Caucus is seeking more money for several health and education programs.