Wednesday, January 27, 2016
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant is unveiling his budget proposals during his annual State of the State address.
Speaking Tuesday evening at the Capitol, Bryant says he wants to increase spending by $34.4 million on the state's troubled foster-care system during fiscal 2017, which begins July 1.
He also wants to refill the state's rainy day fund by putting $51.5 million into the cash reserves. Bryant moved $35.2 million out of the fund last week as he announced budget cuts for the current year.
He proposes increasing spending for Medicaid and prisons. He also wants more money for teen pregnancy prevention programs.
This was the first State of the State for Bryant during his second term as governor.