The Mississippi House Appropriations Committee voted Monday to put $100 million back into the budget to offset the $437 million the Republican governor has cut. The fiscal year runs through June 30.
Most Democrats supported the plan and most Republicans opposed it.
House leaders say $50 million would come from the rainy day fund and $50 million would come from the health care trust fund.
The full House is expected to consider the plan Tuesday. Even if it passes there, it would probably die in the Republican-controlled Senate.
Barbour said at a press luncheon Monday: "The idea that government can't save money is a stupid idea."