MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) - A South Mississippi state representative says after months of hold outs, the state legislature may finally be ready to pass a budget. The new fiscal year is set to begin in nine days, and Mississippi is still without a budget.
Representative Billy Broomfield of Moss Point told WLOX he got the call Sunday morning that a tentative budget agreement has been reached among negotiators. However, he won't be sure until he gets to Jackson.
Broomfield says he was also notified in the phone call to be back in the capital city for an Appropriations Committee meeting on Monday. Broomfield serves on several sub-committees including education, transportation, and economic development.
Broomfield said, "I just know that we're at a point where we need to adopt a budget so our state agencies can do their jobs. So people who receive services from agencies won't be fearful of losing those services. I believe that allowed the opportunity the House and Senate can reach an agreement. We must reach an agreement. There is no option."
The meeting for Appropriations' Committee chairmen is Monday in Jackson at 1 p.m.