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Bipartisan groups start assessment of state budget

JACKSON, MISS– The lawmakers responsible for studying the state budget for the upcoming legislative session were announced Monday, according to a representative from the Mississippi House of Representatives. 

These study groups were discussed in early July as Lt. Governor Tate Reeves and Speaker Philip Gunn created a force to evaluate the implementation of the “Taxpayer Pay Raise Act” set to begin in 2017.

The House Working Groups are bipartisan, and broken down into sections that will evaluate spending for:

  • taxes
  • K-12 spending
  • MDOT
  • the state health department
  • corrections and department of safety
  • boards and commissions
  • state buildings and property
  • Institute of Higher Learning and community colleges
  • IT consolidation
  • and Medicaid

When these groups were initially announced but not yet assigned, House democrats called this effort “the beginning of another ill-fated attempt.” 

The 2017 Mississippi Legislative Session will begin in January.

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