Revenue collections up, Lt. Governor cautions against spending

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves says Mississippi tax collections are better than expected for the first half of the current budget year.
  
But, he says that is no excuse for legislators to “spend, spend, spend.”
  
Reeves says he expects most state agencies will receive about the same amount of money in the coming year that begins July 1 as they did in the current year. He says he expects lawmakers to fund a request by the state pension system and to approve pay raises for teachers and state employees.
  
Reeves did not offer details of how large those raises could be, though. Legislators usually set final budgets in late March or early April.
  
Reeves presides over the state Senate. He spoke Monday at a public policy forum in Jackson.

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