Budget Battle Costs Taxpayers

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

The extended battle over the state budget cost taxpayers additional dollars as lawmakers and the governor pushed decisions to the final hours of the fiscal year that ended Tuesday.

And taxpayers likely will be paying again for lawmakers to return to the Capitol with the budgets for two agencies still unapproved.

Legislative accounting officials estimate the costs totaled $406,895 after April 1, which is the approximate date regular sessions usually adjourn for the year.

But the regular session ended in early June with no budget agreement and a three-day special session was required last week to produce a budget.

Special sessions cost more than regular sessions.

House Speaker Billy McCoy said the extended budget fight was "a terrible waste of manpower and money."

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  • by bobby Location: clark county on Jul 7, 2009 at 08:07 AM
    they are dragging this out wheir they can get more money without voting themselfes a pay raise
  • by Thomas Location: Newton County on Jul 7, 2009 at 05:39 AM
    I wish the Gov. would quit calling special sessions and force our legislature to do what they agreed to do when they ran for office in the time allotted them. The elected officials of our state for the most part want to do the job right but some of them are just greedy and want to ride the state for every penny they can get no matter the caost to their neighbor. I wish I could fire the entire bunch and replace them with people that really had the best interest of all Mississippians at heart and not just the special interest groups. if they really wanted to do something to help our state financially put the people on welfare to work for the foodstamps and checks they are getting for doing nothing they could pick up litter or do some type of community service for the help they are getting instead of riding the working man and woman into the ground.why are they entitled to a free ride while the rest of us work. Haley Barbour Stand Up For Mississpi and don't call another special session!!!!
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