Barbour on Budget Projections

Gov. Haley Barbour told the Joint Legislative Budget Committee he needs more authority over state spending.

The committee adopted a proposed estimate of 4-point-5 billion dollars for fiscal 2011. The governor said he believes the state's revenue will continue to decline 12-to-18 months after the recession ends.

"I said that I would accept the recommendation, but I thought we should consider whether we should spend all the revenue as predicted until we see how it's
coming in," said Barbour. "Secondly, that we allow the governor more authority to make cuts when they are needed."

Under current state law, the governor can cut up to five percent. But for larger cuts, he has to call the House and Senate back to the Capitol.

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