First town hall meeting to discuss BP money set for Thursday

First town hall meeting to discuss BP money set for Thursday

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - Mississippi lawmakers are debating how and where to spend money from the BP settlement. If you think that money should be spent here along the coast, you'll have three chances to speak your mind.

A series of town hall meetings will be held over the next few months. Reeves said he's looking for public input on how those dollars should be spent here in South Mississippi

The first meeting is this Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Lyman Community Center in Gulfport. There will also be meetings on Oct. 20 at Diamondhead City Hall and Nov. 30 at Gulf Coast Community College in Gautier.

Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves said he believes the majority of the settlement funds from the oil spill should be spent in South Mississippi, because that's where most of the economic losses took place.

Mississippi is set to receive $750 million from the settlement over the next 15 years.

In August, Reeves met with several coast lawmakers to develop a strategy to convince the state legislature to keep the money on the coast. He said the key is promoting economic development in South Mississippi.

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