Barbour Vetoes Budget Bill

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Gov. Haley Barbour followed through on his promise to veto a bill that would've restored more than one-fifth of the budget cuts he has made.

The veto issued Wednesday is expected to stand. There are not enough Senate votes for a two-thirds majority it would take to override.

Barbour has been saying for days that he disagrees with the way the $79 million would be distributed.

The bill would've put most of the money into education, but Barbour said prisons and other programs need some of their funding restored before the fiscal year ends June 30.

Legislators are expected to consider a separate budget restoration plan.

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  • by MJ on Feb 25, 2010 at 09:37 PM
    Of course they are politicians only the best double talkers in the world get to be American politicians.
  • by John Boy Location: Meridian on Feb 25, 2010 at 12:20 PM
    Haley Barbour and the republicans have been looking for an excuse to gut education for years, and be able to cover their rearends at the same time. Some of the senate republicans say they want to fund k-12 and look moderate while passing this bill. The Guv says I support community colleges and this doesn't fund them enough so I will veto the bill restoring some of the fundidng to k-12. This way they can talk out of both sides of their mouth, we support k-12 and community colleges while cutting funding to both. I have to hand it to you, pretty slick. I ain't buying what you are selling.
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