JACKSON, Miss.–If you drive Mississippi’s highways, you already know that some of them are in pretty rough shape. Using some of the $190 million in the state’s “rainy day fund” to help fix the roads is something state Rep. Steve Holland said he would like to see the legislature do this year.
The legislative session for 2015 begins Tuesday.
“I don’t want to spend every dime that’s in the state treasury,” said Holland (D-Plantersville), in an interview Friday on the Gallo Radio Show. “By gosh, we’ve got to get off of this put money in the bank attitude and take care of some of these public problems in Mississippi.
Holland said putting more money programs where the budget might come up light should be a priority. He said the “rainy day fund” at $190 million is one of the most well-funded in history.
“So we’ve got a pretty good foundation to shore up some budgets that have gone wanting like public education, community colleges, IHL.”
Holland said he believes the legislature shorted the Highway Dept. in 2009.
“I’m driving on a highway right now that’s so damn rough, I can hardly hold my car on Hwy. 6. We’ve got a maintenance problem.”
He said he believes the state budget will be the biggest issue this year.