Gov. Phil Bryant’s 1st Mississippi Budget Carries ‘Lots of Cuts’

Clarion Ledger: Gov. Phil Bryant’s 1st Mississippi budget carries ‘lots of cuts’

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant wants to cut state spending by $26 million to $5.49 billion in 2013, also insisting on building $100 million in state reserves. The Republican summarizes his first budget as a “lot of cuts,” saying he won’t raise taxes.

Many agencies would get 5.5 percent less in the year beginning July 1. Bryant would cut K-12 school funding by $73 million, demanding districts spend reserves. Community colleges and universities would mostly get 5.5 percent less.

Some law enforcement agencies would be spared.

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