Legislators vote to override governor’s veto of education bill

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Mississippi legislators returned to the capitol today to finish the final part of a state spending plan for the budget year that began July 1st.

Governor Tate Reeves on July 8th vetoed big parts of the education budget because legislators did not fund a bonus pay program for teachers in schools that either maintain high academic performance or show significant improvement.

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Today, the House voted 109-7 to override Reeves’ veto of the education bill. Legislators were working on a separate bill to fund the bonus pay for teachers.

Reeves also vetoed parts of a bill that allocated federal relief money for the coronavirus pandemic, but legislators were not expected to try to override that action. Instead, a fight over the issue will move forward in the courts.

House Speaker Philip Gunn and Speaker Pro Tempore Jason White sued Reeves last week, arguing that his action was improper.

The Mississippi Senate voted to overturn Governor Tate Reeves’ veto of the education bill. The Senate bill voted 41-1.

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