Mississippi Appropriations chair: One-time money must go

By Laura Tillman/The Associated Press

JACKSON — The Mississippi House Appropriations chairman says the state must become less reliant on one-time money.

Rep. Herb Frierson, a Republican from Poplarville, says the state has long relied on money that’s available only a single year at a time. He says he hopes to cut one-time money in this year’s budget by more than $100 million, with incremental cuts coming over the next few years.

Lawmakers face an April 28 deadline to agree on the detailed spending plans of a $5.6 billion budget. The House and Senate then face an April 30 deadline to adopt the budget bills.

Frierson says the most important budget issue over the next several years will be Medicaid, because of the federal health care overhaul.

Mississippi’s 2013 fiscal year will begin July 1.