Senate approves change to budget-writing process

by Associated Press

Published: February 16,2012

Tags: budget, lawmakers, laws, legislative branch, Legislature, Politics, regulations, rules, state government

JACKSON — The Mississippi Senate has given final approval to a change in the state’s budget-writing process.

The change is in House Concurrent Resolution 33, which sets the Legislature’s operating rules for the four-year term that started last month.

Under one new rule, any legislator who wants to add money to a state program must say specifically which other agency’s budget they’d cut to find the extra cash. The legislator could not request that money be pulled from financial reserves, even if there are hundreds of millions in reserve.

Supporters say the change brings more transparency to budgeting. Opponents say it severely limits the ability of rank-and-file members to try to put more money into programs such as education.

Mississippi was already required to have a balanced annual budget.

[RSS Feed] [del.icio.us]



To sign up for Mississippi Business Daily Updates, click here.

POST A COMMENT

 

Twang & Tourism: The Country Music Trail

Our annual "Come See Us" magazine offers ideas for spots in Mississippi ranging from golf to culture to history to food. Click the photo for ideas, stories and access to the digital edition of this year's magazine.

Still planning that summer vacation?

Our annual "Come See Us" magazine offers ideas for spots in Mississippi ranging from golf to culture to history to food. Click the photo for ideas, stories and access to the digital edition of this year's magazine.

FOLLOW THE MBJ ON TWITTER

Top Posts & Pages

%d bloggers like this: