Barbour Trims $21 Million Due to Revenue Shortfall

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Gov. Haley Barbour has cut another $21 million from what started as a nearly $6 billion budget.

Barbour announced $21 million in cuts Friday, bringing the total reductions to $458.5 million since the fiscal year started July 1. By law, the state budget must be balanced.

State revenues have fallen short of expectations for 17 consecutive months, and Barbour says it's easier for agencies to absorb losses now than it would be in a few weeks.

Most agencies are losing 8.7 percent of their funding for the fiscal year. The latest round of cuts did not include Medicaid, the court system, or the state's payments for long-term debt.

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