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#msleg 2018 session gavels in next week, likely to be difficult with pressing issues looming

By: Magnolia Tribune - December 24, 2017

Officials expecting difficult 2018 legislative session

JACKSON – Hardly anyone expects the 2018 legislative session, which starts Jan. 2, to be an easy one.

“We have some serious issues to deal with” in the 2018 session, said Rep. Jerry Turner, R-Baldwyn. “It isn’t going to be an easy session.”

Said Rep. Robert Johnson, D-Natchez, “I think it is going to be a difficult session. The revenue is down. We have some serious issues to consider – road and bridge repairs, Medicaid.

“Maybe that will encourage us to be more inventive in dealing with some of these issues.”…

…“You are going to see Republicans continuing to work to shrink the size of government and pass a balanced budget,” said Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, who presides over the Senate. “There are a few major issues out there, like roads and bridges, and I am hopeful we’ll be able to come to an agreement on that and other services that are core functions of government. I also want to look for more ways to limit spending.”

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