Governor Seeks Funding for His Staff

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant is requesting an additional $355,531 to cover expenses for his staff through June 30, the final day of the current budget year.

He's also seeking $119,000 to pay for workers at the Governor's Mansion for 18 months, to replace the free labor previously provided by prisoners.

Bryant canceled the mansion's inmate trusty
program soon after he took office Jan. 10.

Bryant's staff told The Associated Press Tuesday that his predecessor, Haley Barbour, spent more than half the yearly budget for the governor's staff before he departed.

The state fiscal year started July 1, and Bryant's staff says Barbour paid his staffers for accumulated leave time and other expenses.

A bill proposes funding Bryant's request from a state account created after 2005's Hurricane Katrina.

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  • by cw on Feb 23, 2012 at 08:27 AM
    just another politician who lied his way into office,what did you expect?
  • by Tolliver on Feb 23, 2012 at 06:39 AM
    Surely there are some non-violent, non-sexual offenders that can be used for groundskeeping. They don't have to use the murderers and rapists.
  • by is he really on Feb 22, 2012 at 12:07 PM
    Is our new governor really saying in this cash strapped economy that we whom can't pay our teachers law enforcemant etc need to pay for labor that we were getting our tax dollars worth out of and now house those inmates for free and pay someone else to do it. Here's an idea lets let the governor pay for it out of his pocket and see how fast the prison workers return.
  • by Charles Location: CLARK COUNTY on Feb 22, 2012 at 11:12 AM
  • by Will Location: Meridian on Feb 22, 2012 at 10:25 AM
    You might want prisoners working around your family but not me.
  • by Ed Location: Lauderdale on Feb 22, 2012 at 08:54 AM
    Here we go. Let the prisoners work and save the state $119,000 dollars. That's money that the state needs. Let prisoners work. They don't deserve a free ride. We house and feed them so let them work like everyone else does. It doesn't matter whether your democrat or republican. If you want to find ways to save money you can as well as find ways to spend it you can. That's wasting money!!!!!
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