Northern Legislators to Fight for BP Money
South Mississippi lawmakers, along with Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves, want to make sure the majority of BP oil spill settlement funds are spent on the Gulf Coast. Northeast Mississippi legislators are saying not so fast.
Representative William Tracy Arnold, a Republican from Booneville, says people feel some of the money should be allocated to the central and northern parts of the state.
How this money will be divvied up is expected to be a major contention as the 2017 legislative session gets underway.
Just last week, Lt. Governor Reeves held his first of three town hall meetings on the Coast all geared toward his belief that all, or at least the majority, of the $750 million dollars in settlement money should be allocated to the Coast.