Mississippians Puzzled by Lack of Budget

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Mississippi state agency directors don't know how much money they'll have for the year that starts July 1, and school superintendents are in a bind because they have to offer contracts to teachers by April 15, but they don't know how many they can afford to keep.

Jennifer Shuster, a teacher at Martin Bluff Elementary School in Gautier, says educators can't breathe easy until the state budget is settled.

Gov. Haley Barbour will call legislators back to the Capitol for a special session before July 1, but he's not yet saying when that will be.

This is the first time in memory that legislators have ended a regular session without finishing a budget.