Mississippi lawmakers returning to work on state budget

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Jackson, Mississippi, skyline over the Capitol Building.
Jackson, Mississippi, skyline over the Capitol Building. By Sean Pavone.

By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS
Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi legislators are returning to the Capitol to deal with the unfinished state budget as leaders are clashing with Republican Gov. Tate Reeves.

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The House and Senate will convene Monday.

The state budget year started July 1. A week later, Reeves vetoed parts of the education budget because it didn’t fund a bonus pay plan for some teachers. He also vetoed parts of a bill allocating federal coronavirus relief money.

House leaders have sued the governor over the partial vetoes. Overriding a veto would take a two-thirds majority.

Legislators also need to set a Department of Marine Resources budget.