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MS Outdoor Stewardship Trust Fund appropriation unclear

By: Frank Corder - April 5, 2022

Agreement between the chambers was to put a $20 million cap in the fund, yet only $10 million was placed in the appropriations bill.

Last week, both chambers in the Mississippi Legislature signed off on the Outdoor Stewardship Trust Fund, agreeing to the conference report on HB 606 that fills the fund through an appropriation by the Legislature and not a sales tax diversion.

That conference report has been sent to the Governor for his signature.

READ MORE: Legislature passes Mississippi Outdoor Stewardship Trust Fund

A cap of $20 million, excluding federal funds, was agreed to by both chambers and it was the assumption that that amount would be placed into the fund.  However, there is no obligation for the Legislature to appropriate a certain amount each year.

Now, as the appropriations process wraps up, SB 2780 has only placed $10 million into the new fund, causing a number of interested parties and lawmakers to scratch their heads.

Lt. Governor Delbert Hosemann appeared on SuperTalk’s Gallo Show on Tuesday saying his personal position and the Senate position is that the full $20 million should be placed in the Outdoor fund.



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Frank Corder

Frank Corder is a native of Pascagoula. For nearly two decades, he has reported and offered analysis on government, public policy, business and matters of faith. Frank’s interviews, articles, and columns have been shared throughout Mississippi as well as in national publications such as the Daily Caller. He is a frequent guest on radio and television, providing insight and commentary on the inner workings of the Magnolia State. Frank has served his community in both elected and appointed public office, hosted his own local radio and television programs, and managed private businesses all while being an engaged husband and father. Email Frank: