2006 Legislative Session
(Decided funding for the 2006-2007 school year.)
In the 2006 legislative session, legislators were concerned about the effect Hurricane Katrina might have on revenue. In response to this concern, a bipartisan measure was adopted that called for full funding of the MAEP with the provision that, were funds not available, a four-year phase-in would be enacted. The House of Representatives passed this legislation, the Senate concurred, and Governor Barbour signed the bill. Legislators determined that sufficient funding was not available, and the phase-in was enacted, creating a $120-million shortfall for the 2006-2007 school year. In the end, revenue came in well above those projections, meaning that sufficient funds were, indeed, available.  Schools, however, were left with an MAEP budget that was under-funded by $120-million.

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of the 2006 MAEP vote.