Bryan Working on Education Budget

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Mississippi Sen. Hob Bryan, a Democrat, said Tuesday that he has almost enough votes to get full funding for public education and will push the issue as an amendment when an education funding bill comes to the Senate floor in the next few days.

But Lt. Gov. Amy Tuck, a Republican who presides over the Senate, says she does not support writing a "hot" check. Tuck says education is a priority, but legislators have to worry about funding all parts of state government.

Recommendations by the bipartisan Joint Legislative Budget Committee and Gov. Haley Barbour are less than what school officials have requested.

The new state budget year starts July 1.