Barbour Calls for More Budget Efficiency

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour says he's asking state agencies to analyze their operations and become more efficient.

Barbour said in a statement Tuesday that he has requested the information by Oct. 23, and he'll release it to the public as officials work on a budget for the year that begins next July 1.

Barbour also repeated what he said weeks ago, that more budget cuts will be needed before the current fiscal year ends June 30. He trimmed nearly $172 million, or 2.9 percent, from the $6 billion budget in September because of lagging tax collections.

State law says the governor cannot cut any agency's budget by more than five percent until every agency's budget has been reduced by that amount. By law, Mississippi's budget must be balanced.

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