Barbour Budget Proposes Education Consolidation

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

In his final Mississippi budget proposal, Gov. Haley Barbour revives many recommendations he has made previously in his two terms in office.

Barbour has again included reducing the number of school districts and merging some universities. He also suggests spending what's left in a health care trust fund that was created before he took office.

Barbour's second term ends Jan. 10, nearly six months before fiscal 2013 begins on July 1.

He's giving his spending proposals to incoming Gov.
Phil Bryant and new lawmakers. They may accept or ignore Barbour's ideas as they decide how to spend state money.

The Joint Legislative Budget Committee released its
recommendations this past week, with an overall state spending reduction of 2.3 percent.

Barbour recommends an average 2.9 percent cut for most state agencies.

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