Legislative budget hearings are underway. This is the first step in crafting a new budget for the upcoming fiscal year.
The discussion focused on how to move the state’s economy forward and on track with other states in the region.
One piece of the hearing dealt with the Mississippi Public Employment Retirement System. The department is requesting $100,000 less than the previous year of $19.7-million. The largest payers into the system are public school teachers.
And in other developments at the hearing, protestors interrupted the meeting as the head of the Department of Corrections presented her budget. They held a banner with the names of 16 people who died while in MDOC custody during the month of August. Commissioner Pelicia Hall says prison conditions must be improved for inmates and staff inside the system. She also requested a increase in entry level pay.
WJTV 12’s Gerald Hall will bring us more information about other department budget requests later Monday.