Home » NEWS » Department of Public Safety asks for $46M increase in funding

Department of Public Safety asks for $46M increase in funding

state capitolJACKSON — The Mississippi Department of Public Safety is requesting a $46 million budget boost in the coming year.

That would be a 26 percent increase, from $176 million to nearly $223 million. It would pay for a variety of items, such as up-to-date Crime Lab equipment, and employees such as new state troopers and a new worker to receive bodies during nights and weekends at a Gulf Coast morgue.

Department leaders, including deputy administrator Ken Magee, gave a detailed explanation of their wish list yesterday when they appeared before the Joint Legislative Budget Committee.

Legislators made no promises about funding, but they complimented DPS on the thorough presentation.

“I want to commend you on your level of preparation today. It is refreshing,” Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves said yesterday.

It was a contrast to last year, when Commissioner of Public Safety Albert Santa Cruz offered few details about spending. Santa Cruz set a friendlier tone yesterday at the start of the meeting, when he thanked lawmakers for setting aside money a few months ago to train a new group of state troopers. He said a training class begins Nov. 9.

The Budget Committee is holding public hearings this week to start planning for fiscal 2016, which begins July 1.

DPS is one of several agencies requesting additional money. While the state economy is growing at a moderate pace, lawmakers say they expect to receive requests for hundreds of millions of dollars more than the state will have available to spend — a typical budget-writing scenario. The current state budget is just over $6 billion.

The 14-member Budget Committee and Republican Gov. Phil Bryant will release separate budget recommendations in December. The election-year legislative session begins in January, and the House and Senate are scheduled to adopt a final budget by early April.

BEFORE YOU GO…

… we’d like to ask for your support. More people are reading the Mississippi Business Journal than ever before, but advertising revenues for all conventional media are falling fast. Unlike many, we do not use a pay wall, because we want to continue providing Mississippi’s most comprehensive business news each and every day. But that takes time, money and hard work. We do it because it is important to us … and equally important to you, if you value the flow of trustworthy news and information which have always kept America strong and free for more than 200 years.

If those who read our content will help fund it, we can continue to bring you the very best in news and information. Please consider joining us as a valued member, or if you prefer, make a one-time contribution.

Click for more info

About Megan Wright

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*