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.