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Bryant to unveil state budget plan for next year

Gov. Phil Bryant

Gov. Phil Bryant

JACKSON — Republican Gov. Phil Bryant is releasing his Mississippi budget blueprint for the coming year.

He is expected propose setting aside money for the second year of a teacher pay raise that he approved earlier this year. He’s also expected to propose funding a new program that would help with workforce training in community colleges.

Bryant is holding an afternoon news conference today to unveil his spending proposals for fiscal 2016, which begins July 1.

The Joint Legislative Budget Committee estimates the state will be able to spend about $6 billion during the year.

House and Senate leaders will release their own proposal in December, and both plans will be considered during the three-month legislative session that starts in January. Lawmakers have an early April deadline to adopt a budget.

 

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