Lawmakers on Tuesday ordered state agency leaders to draft plans for major cuts to their budgets, in the event a ballot initiative to force full funding of the state’s education formula passes in November.

House Appropriations Committee Chairman Herb Frierson summoned agency heads to the Capitol for a brief meeting Tuesday, and told them to put pencil to how they would cut their budgets by 7.8 percent or raise fees to cover cuts in the coming year. Frierson said that if ballot Initiative 42 passes in November, forcing lawmakers to fully fund the Mississippi Adequate Education Program, he wants to have a plan to cut other agencies to come up with about $250 million it would require.

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