State continues to deal with revenue shortfall, legislators report

Three members of the Marshall County delegation to Jackson recently provided summaries of what is going on in the political arena.

Rep. Bill Kinkade, chair of the Corrections Committee, said all state agencies except education have had cutbacks in funding this go-around. Correc­tions has chopped $63 million out of its budget, he said.

Local politicians ­– especially the Marshall County Board of Supervisors – are keenly interested in whether the Legislature will pass on MAEP-mandated (Missis­sippi Adequate Educa­tion Program) funding to the local governments. And supervisors are worried about unfunded mandates in general. An unfunded mandate is where the state government passes a law that orders certain actions, but does not provide for the funding, passing it on to the local governments.

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