Lawmakers anticipate a tough 2011 session

By Colleen Donovan - bio | email

HATTIESBURG, MS. (WDAM) - The 2011 Mississippi legislative session begins Tuesday, January fourth at twelve o'clock. According to state lawmakers, they have a full plate to tackle this year.

The most important issue lawmakers will address is the budget. They said achieving a balanced budget will be a difficult process because the state is not receiving any stimulus money like it has in the past.

Because of that reality, some lawmakers are anticipating deep cuts will be made. Joey Fillingane is a Republican State Senator from Lamar County.

According to Fillingane, "So we are going to deal with a very challenging set of budget figures but we will come through it. We are not going to raise taxes. We are going to just have to cut spending across the board and have a more efficient government. So that is what we conservatives like."

Another issue that will come up during the 2011 session is redistricting. Fillingane said that is bound to be a controversial process especially since it's an election year.

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