A Mississippi union leader says she's worried some state workers will lose their jobs if Gov. Haley Barbour's budget ideas are adopted.
Brenda Scott of the Mississippi Alliance of State Employees says it would be unfair if officials set aside the Personnel Board rules that govern job terminations, including a worker's right to appeal a layoff.
Barbour says he wants to waive the personnel rules for two years, starting next July 1. The Republican said that would give agency directors the chance to get their work force to the right size.
Democrat Johnny Stringer, who chairs the House Appropriations Committee, said he opposes lifting the Personnel Board protections for state employees, even temporarily.