State Senate trims proposal for restoring education funds

By Bobby Harrison/NEMS Daily Journal

JACKSON – The Mississippi Senate today reduced the amount it proposes for restoring education funds cut by Gov. Haley Barbour.

Senators dropped the amount from $45 million to $28 million.

But that still was more than the Senate leadership had proposed.

Senators today approved spending a total of $58 million in reserve funds, with $28 million going to K-12, education.

The rest of the funds would restore funding in a number of areas, including for higher education and for districts attorneys.

Barbour has made $437 million cuts because tax collections are not meeting projections.

He has set a news conference for 2 p.m. today to announce more cuts.

On Thursday, the Senate voted to restore $45 million for education. The Senate leadership had intended to amend that proposal to provide funds in a number of areas with only $16.6 million going to K-12 education

But Sen. Hob Bryan, D-Amory, made the proposal to put an additional $12 million in education, taking it from Corrections. It passed by a surprisingly large 44-2 margin.

Read more about this story in Saturday’s Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal.