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Special session relies on upcoming deadline

A special session must be called to determine the appropriations for the Mississippi Department of Transportation and Attorney General Jim Hood’s office for fiscal year 2018.

The end of fiscal year 2017 is on June 30.

Governor Phil Bryant tells News Mississippi that the upcoming tax deadline of April 18th will impact the special session.

“We would like to know what revenue will be coming in,” said Governor Bryant. “And then talk about other possibilities that we may have like a state lottery to generate additional revenue to help out with balancing our budget.”

The governor added that there is a lot to consider in the upcoming session.

“We’ll go about looking at appropriations, huge appropriations, for the Department of Transportations, about $1.5 billion dollars, appropriations for the Attorney General’s office, and other concerns,” said Bryant.

The governor said he is not likely to call the special session before the April 18th deadline, and that lawmakers have until June 30th to pass legislation.

“Hopefully if we get together with the Lt. Governor and the Speaker, which we’ll do, and have agreements, it could be a one or two day session,” said Governor Bryant.

The governor did not comment as to whether or not revamping the education formula would be part of the special session.

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