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Mississippi Legislative Session Preview

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Mississippi's legislative session begins Tuesday, January 5th, 2010 and this year lawmakers are working to figure out what to do with the budget.

"This year we've got the money issues, and we've got to come together on the floor before we can call this year a success," State Senator Terry Burton (R) of District 31, Lauderdale, Newton, and Scott counties.

With Mississippi being a recession, Burton doesn't for see any major policy shifts happening during this session.

"We won't be initiating any new policy issues or those types of things that would require any new funding, because we simply don't have any room to grow," Senator Burton said.

Meanwhile, State Senator David Blount (D) of District 29, Hinds County says with revenues being down, the state will have to allocate fund appropriately and work with what they have.

"It's going to be a tough session, so what we've got to do is prioritize. And we've got to find ways to make our government run more efficiently to squeeze more service out of the money that we do have," Senator Blount said.

Both Senator Burton and Blount say education will be at the forefront of this session's discussion.

Senator Blount thinks raising long term standards for better education in the state will help keep the Mississippi economy from going into future recessions.

"That we don't forget that education has got to be our top priority in the state, because long term raising the education of our people is what's going to get us out of these recessions," Senator Blount said.  

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