Dept. of Marine Resources shutdown as legislators battle for funding for agency

The State Department of Marine Resources is shut down as legislators in Jackson fight over funding for the agency.

Today was the first day of the new fiscal year and without the appropriations bill passed by the state Senate and House, the agency can’t operate.

Governor Tate Reeves tweeted this morning: “The legislature is locked in a fight over the Department of Marine Resources. No budget. I support Senate position. House leaders are dug in on earmarking favored projects with recovery funds, huge change.”

Reeves said in his afternoon press conference “it’s all over a political fight between the House and the Senate.”

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