Mississippi On Brink Of Budget

With an apparent deal in hand on a $5.5 billion state budget, Mississippi lawmakers will be busy the next few days ironing out details with dozens of budget-tied bills expected to move.

Late Wednesday night, Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant issued a statement that House and Senate negotiators had reached tentative agreement on a budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

The deal came after Gov. Haley Barbour called on lawmakers to complete work before the regular session’s end, which had been projected for this weekend.

A special session to deal with the budget could cost the state about $30,000 a day.

Barbour called lawmakers back for a budget special session in June 2009, after they failed to agree on a spending plan during that year’s regular session.