Mississippi Senate votes to bolster K-12 funding

By The Associated Press

JACKSON — The Mississippi Senate has voted for a higher level of education funding than the chamber’s money committee recommended.

At issue was whether to include $65 million of federal money as part of a much larger spending plan for K-12 schools during the year that begins July 1.

The House voted last month to include the $65 million, but the Senate Appropriations Committee voted Tuesday to remove it. During Senate debate Wednesday, the $65 million was restored.

The vote was one step in a long process of writing an overall state budget, and there’s no guarantee the spending recommendation will survive.

House and Senate leaders are scheduled to finish negotiations late this month on an overall $5.4 billion state spending plan for coming year.

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The bill is House Bill 1494.