Lawmakers to Begin Budget Negotiations

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

A group of House and Senate members will try to negotiate a compromise on a bill that aims to restore some of the money Gov. Haley Barbour has cut from the state budget.

The Senate voted Wednesday to release the bill so it could go to conference.

The bill originated in the Senate as a plan to give Barbour more flexibility in his ability to reduce agency spending in the face of declining revenue collections.

When the bill left the House, language had been inserted to dip into the state's rainy day fund and the health care trust fund to restore $100 million of the $437 million Barbour has already cut from the budget.

By state law, the governor must make cuts when revenues fall to keep the budget balanced.

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  • by ken Location: meridian on Feb 4, 2010 at 03:15 PM
    How is Gov Barbour going to explain releasing prisoners and there's no jobs to find already. I think they need to cut some of those big wig salaries thats sitting down every day doing nothing but drawing a check every month. I see more State Employees that earn nice salaries doing a whole lot of nothing. If he cut MdOC budget , we all will feel the heat when the criminal hit the streets again with no where to go .JUST ONE MAN OPINION !!!!!!!!!!!
  • by STATE Employee Location: Mississippi on Feb 4, 2010 at 01:56 PM
    CUT THEIR SALARIES!!!!!! CUT THEIR SALARIES!!!!! They are making so much more money than the regular state employees who do teh dirty work. Make them take a cut in pay to see how it feels to be on our shoes.
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