Citing better than expected tax collections in recent months, Mississippi lawmakers are increasing
the pool of money available for the state to spend during the current budget year and the coming year.
The Joint Legislative Budget Committee voted Tuesday to add about $99 million to the budget for the current year, which ends June 30, and about $130 million to the budget for the coming year,
which begins July 1.
Those are relatively small additions in state budgets that top $4.6 billion.
With the changes, the current year's budget will be 3.5 percent bigger than last year's, and the coming year's budget will be 1.3 percent bigger than this year's.
State economist Darrin Webb says Mississippi's economic outlook is slightly stronger now than it was a few months ago.