Barbour says cuts could begin in next few weeks, if they’re needed.
He says all parts of state government could be subject to reductions – and public schools, community colleges and universities could be among the first hit.
Barbour says some other state programs already are receiving 6 percent or 7 percent less money than they got two years ago. Education, however, has not seen that kind of year-to-year reduction.
Public education advocate Nancy Loome says cutting schools’ budgets is a short-term decision that could hurt the state’s long-term economic prospects.
Tax-collection figures for one month are released during the first few days of the following month.