Prentiss County Supervisors got an update Monday from the area’s state legislators.

Rep. Jerry Turner, Rep. Tracy Arnold and Sen. Daniel Sparks met with supervisors following the close last week of this year’s legislative session.

The legislators noted progress in several areas including increased spending for education and a raise in pay for teachers.

Sparks told supervisors a significant amount of federal and state funding has been allocated for counties and municipalities. Among the funds coming to the state are $1.8 billion in funds from the federal CARES act. Exactly how those funds will be allocated has not yet been determined.

The legislators also noted $89 million has been allocated to the state’s Emergency Road and Bridge fund. Those funds will be allocated to specific projects in individual counties based on a number of criteria still to be determined.

An allocation of $650,000 was included in this year’s bond bill for a pair of bridge projects in Prentiss County, though it will be up to supervisors to determine exactly how those funds will be spent.

All three legislators said they want to continue to work closely with the counties in their district to support progress and help in any way they can.

Banner Independent Editor

Managing editor of the Daily Corinthian’s sister newspaper, Booneville’s Banner-Independent, Brant Sappington has been a member of the Daily Corinthian family since 2001.

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