Lawmakers Adopt Cautious Budget Blueprint

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

The spending blueprint for Mississippi's fiscal year, beginning July 1, is slightly smaller than the current year's budget. State revenues have been falling short of expectations in the rough economy. Officials are not proposing tax increases.

The legislative plan ignores some cost-cutting plans Gov. Haley Barbour has in his proposed budget, including his idea of merging the eight public universities into five.

Eliminating 3,600 vacant positions in state government is among the ways legislators propose saving money.

The budget adopted Tuesday by the 14-member Budget Committee is just a start.

The full legislature will convene in January and vote on a final budget in the coming months.

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  • by Anonymous on Dec 16, 2009 at 01:37 PM
    It bothers me to see our "lawmakers" on television enjoying a meal that was prepared for them to eat while "hashing out" a new budget. Maybe if those lawmakers voted themselves a pay cut instead of a pay raise, there could be more jobs for other Mississippians. I am a state employee who has had no pay raise in at least 3 years, while my legislators have consistently voted themselves a raise EVERY year.
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