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Bryant could call Tuesday session to deal with budget gap

Gov. Phil Bryant says he’s considering calling a special legislative session Tuesday to deal with a shortfall as Mississippi’s 2016 budget year comes to a close.

Bryant spokesman Clay Chandler said Friday that Bryant will decide Monday morning after reviewing updated revenue figures whether lawmakers need to be called to Jackson for a special meeting.

Officials have said that unless revenue collections set a June record, Mississippi could be looking at a shortfall of as much as $75 million in the $6 billion-plus budget. Bryant has ordered two rounds of budget cuts and dipped into the state rainy day fund to try to make up for lagging tax collections. But Bryant has only about $5 million left that he can withdraw from the rainy day fund without further legislative authorization.

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