State Budget Woes Could Impact CMRC

Next week, the city of Newton's second largest employer could find out whether it will be closed because of budget cuts.

Central Mississippi Residential Center is one of ten mental health facilities in the state that the governor is recommending for closure.

Gov. Haley Barbour says the closures are needed because of budget constraints.

With revenues for the state continuing to drop, the legislature is expected to revise next year's revenue projections next week.

"I'm very positive," said Debbie Ferguson, director of CMRC. "Every day, we're looking at what our options are, and as we have vacancies, trying to make decisions about what we do to fill those."

Ferguson says there is currently a House bill stalled in the Senate that could keep CMRC open. She says it's unknown when or if the Senate will take action on it.

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