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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  • by Anonymous on Mar 15, 2010 at 05:16 AM
    Insults say more about the speaker that the object of the insult.While everyone knows that these centers are needed, I personally know that Mental Health could make it's money go further.Also remember that someone is going to hurt no matter where you cut & the law says that the Gov is responsible for making those cuts.K-12 was whining last week.Someone else will be whining next week.A big thanks to Hank Bounds with IHL who just plain stated the facts & is beginning to do what has to be done.Just like it hurts to cut back at home, it hurts to cut the state budget.I say it again,the worst is not here yet,wait for the 2012 budget when we don't have the simulus money,I think 370 million, & no where to get that much to replace it.This is a time for level heads & deliberate action, not insults and knee-jerk decisions.Would some of you folks just get a grip? By the way, you know who you are.
  • by got that right on Mar 14, 2010 at 08:57 PM
    i agree "T"...
  • by t on Mar 13, 2010 at 10:22 PM
    i understand that these sites are for people to share opinions but occasionally it would be nice to see someone that complains all the time suggest a realistic solution(kinda like put up or shut up)
  • by Anonymous on Mar 13, 2010 at 07:22 PM
    Barbour just a big fat PIG.....just look and pay attention at his mouth and lips while he talk.....OINK OINK......but you know where we come from we usually slaughter hogs, sometimes we eat it, but in special cases we slaughter just for the heck of it.....
  • by Rick Location: Meridian on Mar 12, 2010 at 06:42 PM
    Once again Gov. Barbor shows how callous he is towards the mentally ill. Putting these ill individuals in jail or on the street is barbaric. This should be the last place for a budget cut.
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