Grim Economic Picture Awaits 2010 Legislature

Almost a half billion dollars in overall budget cuts is what Mississippi is now facing.

Gov. Haley Barbour recently announced that he wants to cut another $160 million from the state's budget.

Already this budget year, $220 million has been cut.

Due to declining revenues statewide, lawmakers say additional cuts are inevitable.

"We are facing some gut-wrenching decisions in the state of Mississippi, unlike probably any member of the legislature has had before," said Sen. Giles Ward of District 18, Neshoba, Leake and Winston counties. "It's not going to be fun, but we're going to have to step up and face it.'

"We talk about cuts, cuts; we need to look at how we can also generate revenue," said Rep. Wilbert Jones of District 82, Lauderdale County. "I'm not talking about through taxes. There are some other revenue streams out there that many other states are utilizing. We need to revisit some of those revenue streams."

If the governor's proposal is approved, Mississippi will have cut $380 million from its budget for this year and next year.

The legislature will decide exactly how much will be cut when the new session starts in January.

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  • by Anonymous on Dec 10, 2009 at 05:21 AM
    Don't you get it? According to law the state must have a balanced budget and it is assigned to the governor to get it done and the money is just not there. Just like times are tough for you and me, the state is no different. Folks have bad mouthed the governor for his recommendations but tell me how you make cuts without making someone unhappy.
  • by judith Location: meridian on Dec 9, 2009 at 05:22 AM
    dont cut the money they need. if youall cut your money, how would you live the people dont have any way of takeing care of themself. youall get the money you need living and the bests of home, driveing the best of cars, give that up and give it to the poor. the crime will go up. we cant give up any more
  • by james Location: hickory on Dec 9, 2009 at 04:48 AM
    the governor needs to look into cutting the amount of welfare people are getting. That would save alot of money. noway do people need 1000 dollars to eat on when 2 or 3 in the house get the same amount. we're talking 2000 to 300 just for food. no wonder they sell the cards cash money plus free food. Reform the welfare system and make the people in charge check the ones receiving the cards and you'll save money.
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