Republican leaders say there is nothing to fear about state budget

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – Speaker Philip Gunn says ‘It won’t be devastating.”

Those are his remarks relating to the state budget’s shortfall.

WJTV spoke with Speaker Gunn and Lt. Governor Tate Reeves at the capital about the issues Democrats have been having with budget cuts.

Governor Phil Bryant will decide whether to call a special session or not.

Speaker Gunn and Lt. Governor Reeves say that the shortfall in the budget is only one percent.

That shortfall is causing concerns for Mississippi Democratic leaders but Republicans say there’s no need to worry.

Lt. Governor Reeves says he doesn’t doubt that they will have a balanced budget.

Gunn says it will be addressed if it doesn’t balance out.

“Democrats are really upset because they keep losing elections in Mississippi. They aren’t upset about the budget,” said Lt. Governor Reeves. “The good news, with Republicans in charge, we’ve been fiscally responsible the last five years. We have $350,000,000 in a Rainy Day Fund if that’s the direction that needs to be taken and so the Democrats are trying to make political hay. We’re trying to govern.”

“It is not something that is devastating but it is something that we need to address,” said Speaker Gunn.

Gunn says he doesn’t have the exact numbers but says that the revenue is greater now than it was last year and the year before.

He says that fact needs to be emphasized.

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