Governor Criticized by Democrat for Budget Management

By: Ashley Conroy Email
By: Ashley Conroy Email

At the monthly Stennis-Capitol Press Luncheon, the usually colorful Sen. Hob Bryan wasn't bashful in speaking out about his opinion of the way Gov. Haley Barbour managed the budget.

"I disagree with Governor Barbour's approach to the budget," said Bryan. "In case anyone didn't get that, I'll say that one more time. I disagree with Governor Barbour's approach to the budget."

As chairman of the Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee, Bryan says that he has an agenda to get part of the near $500 million cut from the budget, back.

"The governor chose to make cuts when he had at his disposal cash that he could have used to avoid them," Bryan claims.

Bryan adds that about $750 million is stored away in reserves. In particular, he would like to see $80 million go back to education.

"There has never been a year that is going to be as desperate for the public schools as next school year is going to be," said Bryan.

One of the luncheon attendees, Nancy Loome from the Parents Campaign said she is concerned what these cuts could mean for schools next year.

"It puts schools in a very precarious position financially, in that if they have some sort of emergency, they don't have cash on hand to cover those costs," said Loome.

Gov. Barbour was the guest speaker at the Stennis Luncheon just a few months ago. Since then he's cut more from the budget.

In the past, Barbour has said the state budget might be slim for several years, which is why he says he doesn't want to deplete the state's reserves.

March marked the first month in 19 months that revenue wasn't below projections.

During the Governor's last round of cuts, he said he anticipated this would be the last time he would cut from the 2010 budget, unless revenue dipped below projections once again.

In the meantime, the state legislature has halted session until April 20 when it plans to finalize the 2011 budget.

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  • by william Location: lauderdale on Apr 6, 2010 at 06:24 PM
    Who voted for the governor all he is is a lobbyist
  • by Anonymous Location: Meridian on Apr 6, 2010 at 01:45 PM
    As a taxpayer, thank you Haley for watching the budget and making sure we do not spend what we don't have. Don't bankrupt Mississippi the way the federal government is currently bankrupting the country.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 6, 2010 at 12:48 PM
    Some people don't understand budgeting, they think if you have it spend it now. We all know that means you have nothing later but the government can just tax the c---- out of those of us who are working to get the money.
  • by Chuckles Location: Lauderdale County on Apr 6, 2010 at 09:57 AM
    The governor is looking at the big picture. And that is this country is going to be in depression for a long time. Robbing the rainy day fund at the very beginning in order to buy a few votes is not the way things need to be done.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 6, 2010 at 09:11 AM
    you sure are right rooster let him continue to with hold money from the state and as usual Mississippi is at the bottom for any kind of change. So when the job that you are working at has to let you go because there was not enough funding well give all your thanks our great gov!!
  • by CARL Location: PHILLY on Apr 6, 2010 at 06:01 AM
    Amen rooster, some body needs to stop the dem's from breaking our country.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 6, 2010 at 05:14 AM
    One thing he is right about is that education has never seen a year that was more desperate. Just wait, the next two will be more desperate and will make this look like a picnic.Hank Bounds from IHL said it, the 2012 budget will result in a 25% cut in IHL money from the state. If IHL takes that kind of hit, don't look for it to get better for anyone else.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 6, 2010 at 04:38 AM
    need to make state government more real to spending .... and more held to accountability something all even the feds have forgotten.....
  • by Pam Location: Central Ms on Apr 6, 2010 at 04:09 AM
    I am against more taxes same as every other person on pension but the schools are already crippled from a stretched budget that is choking them. Our property taxes are extremely lower than other states, I think its time to be concerned about our states children, thus our states future. If that isn't possible, then our parent teacher associations better get to business with bake sales, car washes to plump up the budget for teaching materials...NOT DISNEY MOVIES ( my kids watched disney videos daily at elementary school rather than learning for two hours). The school lunches have been very slim for the kids already..there is no more to cut from that without cutting that program out all together. I know times are tough but lets not throw out our children.
  • by rooster Location: Meridian on Apr 5, 2010 at 07:33 PM
    Keep up the great job Haley! I have a suggestion on how you could trim a little more from the budget.....find a way to defund Sen Hob Bryan and any other tax and spend useless politician. These morons think its their money to spend as they please. Keep stickin' it to em' Haley!
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