Barbour Urges Caution with Spending

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour says he wants lawmakers to be cautious with taxpayers' money when they return next week to work on the state budget.

The governor issued a revised set of budget recommendations Wednesday, six days before the legislative session restarts after a three-week recess.

Most agencies would take significant spending cuts under Barbour's plan, some as high as 16 percent.

Officials are trying to agree on a $5.5 billion spending plan for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

Barbour says his budget would make a relatively small cut to education spending, but Cecil Brown, the chairman of the House Education Committee, says Barbour's plan for public schools would be a disaster.

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