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Gov. makes another push for statewide lottery

With a recent announcement of more budget cuts, Gov. Phil Bryant says he wants to see lawmakers reconsider a statewide lottery for Mississippi. 

“Gov. Bryant would be supportive of lottery legislation resurfacing before the end of the session, so lawmakers could continue the discussion about possibly generating additional revenue for the state,” said Clay Chandler, spokesperson for the governor.

A lottery could potentially create revenue of tens of millions of dollars, which would boost the state budget.

Gov. Bryant announced Tuesday he was forced to make another mid-year emergency budget cut. This cut included most of the states agencies and a dip into the rainy day fund.

The cuts totaled $43 million across the board. $7 million was pulled from the rainy day fund. This comes after an $18.5 million dollar shortfall entering January 2017 with revenue $116 million below projections.

For a more detailed account of the budget cuts click HERE. 

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