Home

Mississippi PEP

The current year’s state budget is about $6.3 billion, and state economist Darrin Webb told lawmakers Monday that trends point toward slow economic growth. That would translate to a modest increase in state tax collections.

“One area the state continues to struggle is in income growth,” Webb said.

State Superintendent of Education Carey Wright is requesting an additional $250 million, a 9.6 percent budget increase for elementary and secondary schools.

Medicaid director David Dzielak is requesting an additional $72 million, which is about a 7.4 percent increase in state funding for the government health insurance program for the needy.

The Department of Mental Health is requesting an additional $29 million, which is about a 4.7 percent increase, executive director Diana Mikula said.

Several times during the hearing Monday, lawmakers asked agency directors about budget cuts that would be needed if a judge orders the state to put more money into…

View original post 30 more words

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s