Budget Deadline Monday Night

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Jackson, Miss.

Mississippi lawmakers must approve dozens of bills in the state's $6 billion budget before a Monday deadline.

Representatives and senators will be getting first looks at some measures, because place-holder bills, filed Saturday, were sent back to committees to be rewritten Sunday.

Several dozen spending bills were passed Sunday, mainly for agencies that raise money through fees or taxes that don't flow through the state's general fund.

Some House Democrats objected to a plan that gave pay raises to state employees who haven't gotten a raise in four years or longer, saying it's unfair to skip other employees.

Also, it's likely that some lawmakers will contest plans to add only $10 million to the state's education funding formula, leaving it $255 million short of what the formula calls for.