Senate OKs $420M in bond projects
JACKSON (AP) — Some lawmakers lined up in the Mississippi Senate on Wednesday to load a bill meant to fund repairs and maintenance at colleges, universities and state agencies with numerous hometown projects, pushing the proposed total to around $420 million.
The original Senate bill began at around $379 million, but it started increasing during a Senate Finance Committee meeting on Tuesday.
The bill, which passed 35-12, would provide some $229 million at the state’s community colleges, universities and state agencies.
The bill also includes $30 million for the state Department of Public Safety. Jon Kalahar, the agency’s spokesman, said $10 million will go toward the construction of a new state Crime Lab and medical examiner’s office in Rankin County.