Arts Center Bill Gets New Life

Early Tuesday a bond bill to provide state funding for the Arts and Entertainment Center in Meridian died.

But Tuesday evening, it was revived when lawmakers moved a $192 million bond bill quickly through the Mississippi House and Senate.

This happened after lawmakers extended deadlines to give themselves more time to work.

It allows the state to borrow money for various projects and includes $4 million in funding for the Arts and Entertainment Center.

Rep. Greg Snowden of Meridian said, in order to access the $4 million for the center from the state, an additional $8 million first will have to be raised in cash or in kind from other sources.

Snowden said Tuesday night he expects the governor will sign the bill.