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Miss. ballot has analysis of 2 school funding proposals

JACKSON — The Mississippi ballot in November will explain the possible budget impact for two competing school funding proposals.

A spokeswoman for a group pushing Initiative 42 says the analysis of that plan is untrue. The ballot says 42 could lead to tax increases or budget cuts for other state programs.

Patsy Brumfield, of 42 for Better Schools, says that’s misleading because it assumes legislators must immediately put an additional $201 million into education. She says spending increases could be phased in over several years, using money generated by economic growth.

Measure 42-A is an alternative put on the ballot by legislators who oppose the citizen-led initiative. The ballot says the cost and revenue impact of 42-A cannot be determined.

Both explanations were written by the Legislative Budget Office, controlled by lawmakers.

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