Mississippi House agrees to budget filler

 

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) –  The Mississippi House has agreed to a plan to fill deficits in the final days of the budget year.

The House voted 72-37 Wednesday to pass Senate Bill 2001 in a special session, but only after hours of debate. Senators passed the bill Tuesday.

The bill gives Gov. Phil Bryant permission to take as much as needed from the $349 million rainy day fund to balance the $6 billion-plus budget.

State tax collections have fallen significantly short of expectations since the budget year started last July.

Bryant has made two rounds of spending cuts and has already pulled $45 million from the rainy day fund.

The budget year ends at midnight Thursday.

Below is a statement from Gov. Bryant about the special session:

“It’s regrettable that the grandstanding of the House Democrats cost taxpayers an additional $30,000. I am grateful to the leadership of the Senate and the House for doing their job and allowing me to do mine — balance the state budget.”

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