Blending State Agencies Part of Barbour's Budget Plan

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Proposals to merge some universities or consolidate school districts have grabbed most of the attention since Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour unveiled his budget earlier this week.

Barbour is also proposing several other ways to restructure state government by merging a few smaller agencies into larger ones.

For example, the Department of Banking and Finance would become part of the secretary of state's office under his plan.

And the Commission on the Status of Women would be folded into the attorney general's office.

Top lawmakers say they're willing to consider the governor's ideas, but there's no guarantee of how many they'll accept.

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  • by Anonymous on Nov 20, 2009 at 12:39 PM
    If this plan is not realistic, then what plan is? We will be short approximately $370 million this fiscal year, 2010, that's about 200 million more in cuts before the end of June, 2010. Figure 12% cuts for fiscal 2011. Then approximately $370 million in stimulus money that we have for 2011 will be missing for fiscal year 2012. You got any good suggestions? Public Education K-12 will have more state money this year than ever before even with the budget cuts and while others take a 12% cut the K-12 cut will be less than 10% for 2011. This is a tough situation and it doesn't matter what is done somebody, maybe everybody will be unhappy. If the plan is so bad, then suggest something better instead of just complaining. By the way, I am a state employee who is at risk of lossing her job and I am the bread winner in my house. By the way, has anyone really studied the proposals and the numbers that are involved or would that take too much energy?
  • by Ray Location: Quitman on Nov 19, 2009 at 04:27 PM
    It seems as if Barbour doesn't support public education. I wonder if his kids went to a private school.
  • by Marsha Location: Meridian on Nov 19, 2009 at 04:01 PM
    Barbour is a joke! I don't see how he keeps being re-elected. People in Neshoba County sure love him and several in Lauderdale County too. This plan is hilarious.
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