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By David Keene
Allowing states to innovate could reduce dependency on bureaucracy
Topic - Herb Frierson
Mississippi lawmakers will agree to a budget that includes $168 million more in spending than previous estimates called for in the year beginning July 1, House Appropriations Chairman Herb Frierson said Saturday
The campaign is nearly underway for the 2015 Mississippi legislative elections, a time when lawmakers often find that past decisions come back to haunt them in nasty attacks by their opponents.
The Mississippi House has rejected about 40 proposals to give pay raises to state employees.
Democrats say they'll keep trying to give all Mississippi government employees at least a $1,000 pay raise in the coming year, even after several attempts were blocked Wednesday in the Republican-majority House.
"Where it comes from is not a big issue to me," Frierson said in a phone interview. "I just want to help the city of Louisville and the city of Tupelo and the other places that need it."
House Appropriations Committee Chairman Herb Frierson said Wednesday that finding $20 million will be no problem because the state has more than $400 million in financial reserves.