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The Mississippi Legislature is wrestling with a number of huge issues this year. Is there a better way to calculate funding for the state’s public schools? Should the state start a lottery to try to shore up its finances? Is it finally ready to start putting real money into repairing or replacing its deteriorating roads and bridges?
L ast week, the Mississippi Senate overwhelming passed a bill dictating that nearly all of the $750 million the state will receive for economic damages caused by the BP oil spill in 2010 will go to Gulf Coast projects.
Hold on a minute.
T he Mississippi Press Association held their annual Mid-Winter Convention last week. This one is advertising oriented while the summer meeting is editorial content.
Both the Magee Courier and the Simpson County News fared well in the annual competition, which really makes me proud.
Dear Editor Brown:
Thank you for the article by Donna McLean in the January 24, 2018 issue of the Simpson County News. I haven’t had such a good laugh in a long time.
W e have a bit of a hard time figuring how the Missississippi Legislature would vote to fund a new type mechinism for public education when they had one in place for 20 plus years and only fully funded it two times in that time period. What makes this even more interesting is the fact that it will cost more than what is currently be funded by
Highway commissioner Dick Hall has been a voice in the wilderness, crying to make Mississippi’s crooked roads into straight paths.
It’s not worked so far, despite strong support from our state’s business community and an undeniable need.
Because it is early in the session, most legislative work is currently happening in committees where bills must be approved before they are introduced to the House as a whole. The deadline for bills to be filed is Monday, Jan. 15, so many committees are waiting until all bills are filed to hold meetings.
One week into the 2018 session of the Mississippi Legislature, there’s much to like about what the House of Representatives is doing.