UPDATE: Miss. Senate proposal would restore money to K-12

By Bobby Harrison/NEMS Daily Journal

JACKSON – The state Senate bucked its leadership Thursday and voted to take $50 million from the tobacco trust fund and use $45 million of that to restore cuts Gov. Haley Barbour has made to kindergarten through 12 grade education this year.

Up until that vote, the Republican leadership had been successful in blocking efforts to take reserve funds to use to offset cuts Barbour had made because of a slowdown in tax collections.

But on Thursday, a significant number of Republicans joined with the Senate Democrats in passing the proposal, which was offered by Sen. Briggs Hopson, R-Vicksburg.

Read more in Friday’s NEMS Daily Journal.