This year is a statewide election year, and the state legislature has convened for another term, already $88 million ahead in revenue for FY2015. That means more money to play with, right?
Without a doubt, election year politics are more . . umm. . .accommodating than in other years–especially with larger than expected revenue. Public education lobbyists are eyeballing that $88 million like a hawk, urging the windfall be spent on Mississippi’s schools. Other groups, agencies and causes are rallying for their share, as well. My guess is that public education will get a boost, but fall short of full funding, whatever that means.
Odd things will be considered, too. The legislature is currently considering the Holy Bible as the state book, which I guess we needed. House Bill 173, if passed, will prohibit employers from inquiring about applicant’s criminal history.
Check out http://billstatus.ls.state.ms.us/2015/pdf/all_measures/allmsrs.xml for all bills.