House-Senate Agree to Restore Some Cuts

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Mississippi House and Senate negotiators have agreed on a plan to restore $82 million in cuts made to the current budget.

Gov. Haley Barbour has cut $458.5 million from what was nearly a $6 billion budget when the fiscal year started July 1.

The compromise agreed upon late Tuesday would restore over $37 million to K-12 education, including $2 million for National Board Certified teachers, $4 million to mental health, $1.7 million to public safety and a total of $16 million to the Department of Corrections.

Another part of the deal includes Barbour adding an extra $4 million to community and junior colleges from his discretionary fund.

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