Senate OKs $420M in bond projects

Published 1:53 pm Thursday, February 24, 2011

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.

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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.