Governor to call special session on transportation but with no details

Published 3:26 pm Friday, August 17, 2018

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant confirms that he will call legislators into special session next week to deal with transportation funding.

He tweeted Friday that he session will begin next Thursday.

He said it will be about “infrastructure repair” and deciding how to spend money from a BP oil spill lawsuit settlement to help the Gulf Coast economy.

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However, Bryant did not immediately release details about proposals he wants lawmakers to consider.

The governor has said he wants to put $640 million into highways and bridges the next three years. It remains unclear whether he and fellow Republicans who lead the House and Senate have reached a general consensus about how to do that.