Mississippi Lawmakers Prepare for the New Year

By: Rachel Alig Email
By: Rachel Alig Email

The struggle with Mississippi's budget is an issue that impacts many people across the state. Governor Haley Barbour announced this week that he wants authorities dealing with the budget to cut agency budgets without the approval of state legislators. Senator Videt Carmichael of District 33 and Representative Greg Snowden of District 83 in Mississippi say they don't agree with that decision at the time.

"Well early on it's that I'm not necessarily for that. I think it needs some discussing and some looking. We're about to be in session, so a lot of those decisions can be made by the legislature because after all we are the ones who appropriate those funds. I won't be so closed minded to say that he couldn't convince me, but right now I'd have to say I'd be on the negative side until we see where we are," explains Senator Carmichael.

"I agree with the Senator. You know appropriating money is the legislature's function; it's not an executor's function. I think we could look at perhaps finding a way to get a little more flexibility with this. The reason we have a problem with this is the short fall is so massive. So if we could, perhaps, do a sliding scale kind of thing," says Representative Snowden.

Senator Carmichael says he worries this decision to cut the budget without approval will hurt the future of Mississippi.

"It's down the road. Whatever we do now, what effect will it have down the road, future years to come? The way it's set up at present has been working, so I'm not necessarily eager to make a lot of changes," says Senator Carmichael.

He's not looking for changes, but says he is pleased with the revision of the state budget.

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  • by Linda Location: Jackson on Jan 15, 2010 at 07:44 PM
    Senator Carmichel proposed a tax amnesty bill which mandates that the Dept. of Revenue must have a tax amnesty program, however, he does not spell out minimum requirements for this program. Yet, all the penalities are spelled out for citizens. Was he elected by the Dept. of Revenue or the people of Meridian. He should not assume that the Dept. of Revenue knows how to set up a revenue program, they are the ones who have have garnished 100% of the wages of teacher, police officers, nurses who work for the state for delinquent taxes. They are some of the lowest paid personnel. The department of Revenue did not ask if these people had children or loved ones to care for. Senator Carmichal please tell the state what to include in an amnesty plan, most of us can not leave it up to their good graces.
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