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Barbour to superintendents: Hang onto stimulus money

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Gov. Haley Barbour is telling school districts it might be smarter to save their federal stimulus money for next year rather than spending it all this year.

Barbour said in a news release yesterday that he’s applying for $98 million in federal stimulus money. That’s Mississippi’s share of education funding from a $26.1-billion jobs package recently passed by Congress.

Barbour sent a letter to school superintendents reminding them the federal money can only be used to hire or rehire employees.

The latest stimulus plan also includes about $130 million for Medicaid in Mississippi. Barbour and a bipartisan group of legislative leaders have agreed to save that for the fiscal year that starts next July 1.

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