Lawmakers working on state budget today

Lawmakers this morning have passed numerous budget bills covering dozens of state agencies, commissions and boards, but have yet to reach agreement on some large spending issues, such as Medicaid.

Public safety funding, including the Highway Patrol, also remains a point of debate, with the House and Senate plans several million dollars apart on the roughly $70 million budget.

Lawmakers have reached agreement on $2.3 billion in K-12 education, a slight 1.3 percent increase over the current year, but $250 million short of what the Mississippi Adequate Education Program recommends.

Lawmakers also plan to carry about $200 million in reserve funds in the proposed budget for next year, which is $5.56 billion compared to $5.51 billion this year.

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