- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 17, 2016

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Gov. Phil Bryant on Tuesday signed a bill authorizing Mississippi to issue $250 million in bonds this year and another $50 million in the future.

House Bill 1729 (https://bit.ly/1TGH5CZ ) becomes law July 1.

The projects must be approved by the three-member state Bond Commission before the state can issue bonds to take on long-term debt. The commissioners are the governor, the state treasurer and the attorney general.

Treasurer Lynn Fitch has called the bill a “Christmas-tree-collection of earmarked goodies.”

Some of the projects in the bill:

- Mississippi State University music building: $10 million.

- University of Mississippi science center: $10 million.

- Delta State University Zeigel Hall renovation: $7.9 million.

- Alcorn State University staff housing: $7.5 million.

- Mississippi Valley State University Edna Horton Hall renovation: $7.5 million.

- University of Mississippi Medical Center: $7.5 million.

- Mississippi University for Women demonstration school renovation: $7.1 million.

- Mississippi State University dairy science and poultry science complex: $4 million.

- College Board Education and Research Center repairs: $1.6 million

- Ingalls Shipbuilding improvements: $45 million.

- Community colleges: $25 million.

- Local bridge replacement: $20 million.

- Mississippi Civil Rights Museum and Museum of Mississippi History: $16.6 million.

- Mississippi Development Authority economic development and housing funds: $15 million.

- Renovations to Mississippi Coliseum, build new Mississippi Trade Mart: $10 million.

- East Mississippi State Hospital: $7.5 million

- State government buildings: $5.5 million.

- Mississippi Arts and Entertainment Center in Meridian: $5 million.

- Build middle school for Starkville-Oktibbeha school district at Mississippi State University: $5 million.

- Mississippi Community Heritage Preservation Grant Fund: $2.5 million.

- Small municipalities: $2.5 million.


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