Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant told a Neshoba County Fair audience Wednesday that writing a state budget this year required tough decisions.
Bryant said he and Gov. Haley Barbour, a fellow Republican, made sure the state was living within its means during the recession.
Barbour is scheduled to speak Thursday at the fair, an annual homecoming that attracts thousands of people to the red clay hills of east central Mississippi.
Because there are no statewide or congressional elections this year, there are fewer political speeches than usual under the tin-roofed pavilion on the fairgrounds outside Philadelphia.
Attorney General Jim Hood is a potential Democratic candidate for governor in 2011, as is Bryant. But Sid Salter of The Clarion-ledger said neither came right out with their intentions.