House Votes to Restore $100M to Budget

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

The Democratic-controlled Mississippi House has passed a bill that attempts to restore nearly one-fourth of the budget cuts Republican Gov. Haley Barbour has made. However, the bill is expected to stall in the Republican-led Senate.

The House debated nearly two hours Tuesday as school superintendents and other education officials watched from packed balconies overlooking the House chamber. The bill passed the House 73-47.

The state fiscal year ends June 30. Barbour has made three rounds of budget cuts because revenues have fallen short of expectations.

State law requires the budget be balanced.

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