The special session for the funding of Mississippi’s roads and bridges has come to a close.
After five days of debate and deal striking, Governor Phil Bryant signed three pieces of legislation into law. What the governor wanted, he got and in three pieces of legislation: one a state lottery, two an infrastructure bill, and three a BP spending bill. The state will now have new sources of revenue going to its crumbling infrastructure.
The governor penned his signature after the House wrapped up their proceedings on the BP bill which passed 99 to 10. Leaders are touting a bi-partisan effort and the governor is expecting this day to signal a win for Mississippi. “What a remarkable five days we’ve had. If you look at the Mississippi Infrastructure Modernization Act, if you looked at the state lottery, I talked to the governor of Tennessee today and he was very interested in whether or not we passed that lottery because we spend about seven or eight million dollars a year or more in his state and then the BP funding,” said Governor Bryant.
Governor Bryant went on to say all of the money will have an immediate impact on cities and counties.