Budget Battle Continues

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Some legislators rallied at the Capitol Friday for full funding of public schools, and state Board of Education member Bill Jones of Petal sharply criticized Lt. Gov. Amy Tuck.

Jones said Tuck has handed over the power of her office and the power of the Senate to the governor.

Tuck said later that it was, quote, "A sad commentary when someone on the state Board of Education resorts to personal attacks.”

Tuck and Gov. Haley Barbour both say they oppose tax increases, and she says she does not apologize for working with the governor.

Legislators still need to wrap up work on the $3.8 billion state budget.

The biggest point of disagreement is over funding for the schools. The House is proposing spending more than the Senate.

House leaders also are urging senators to consider a cigarette tax increase to put more money into the overall state budget.