Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour is telling lawmakers to start a special session Sunday afternoon so they can approve a nearly $6 billion state budget.
That's according to Capitol sources with knowledge of the situation, speaking on the condition of anonymity.
The special session is expected to last at least two days. The new fiscal year begins Wednesday.
Barbour was set to announce the session later Saturday, even though negotiators still had not agreed on final details on how to fund Medicaid, the government health insurance program for the needy.
Longtime legislators say this is the closest Mississippi has come in decades to starting a fiscal year without a budget approved.
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