Lawmakers Object to Some Proposed Cuts

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Some lawmakers say they're concerned about Gov. Haley Barbour's proposal to cut a total of $413 million from the state's $5 billion budget.

Lawmakers say the governor has given key House members a list of the programs he wants to cut up to 10 percent, including most of K-12 public education, universities and community colleges.

House Education Committee chairman Cecil Brown acknowledged cuts are unavoidable because the state's revenue collection for the current budget year is projected to be $347 million below estimates. But Democrat Brown said Barbour, a Republican, wants to cut more than needed.

A bill passed by the Senate would give Barbour the authority to make those reductions. Current state law doesn't allow it. The bill is pending in the Democrat-led House.


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