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Barbour to reveal budget recommendations

JACKSON — Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour will hold a news conference today to reveal his new recommendations for the state budget. His announcement comes six days before legislators return to Jackson to finish writing a $5.5-billion state spending plan for the fiscal year that begins July 1. Barbour released his initial budget in November, but lawmakers have rejected some of ...

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Barbour maneuvering for healthcare lawsuit

JACKSON— Gov. Haley Barbour has reaffirmed his commitment to have Mississippi join the multi-state lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the healthcare reform legislation approved by the U.S. Congress. Barbour made the announcement after Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood, a Democrat, declined to file a lawsuit by noon, March 25, as asked by Barbour, a Republican. And, Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) ...

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Medical examiner bill awaits Barbour's signature

JACKSON— Legislation requiring higher standards for Mississippi’s next state medical examiner and others who perform autopsies in criminal investigations is headed to the governor’s desk. The House approved the bill after an unsuccessful attempt by one lawmaker to derail the legislation. The bill calls for the state and county medical examiners to be medical doctors certified in forensic pathology by ...

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Barbour signs bill, restoring some budget cuts

JACKSON — Gov. Haley Barbour today signed Senate Bill 2495, which allocates $82 million from state reserves to partially restore budget cuts for district attorneys, the state court system and education. The bill allocates $41.13 million to public schools and universities, including $33 million for the Mississippi Adequate Education Program, $2 million for National Board Certification for teachers and $2 ...

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MDES reauthorization bill misses deadline

JACKSON — The Mississippi Department of Employment Security (MDES) was in jeopardy after a bill reauthorizing the agency died under a deadline yesterday amid a fight to force Gov. Haley Barbour to accept $56 million in stimulus funding. House Labor Committee Chairman Rufus Straughter, D-Belzoni, didn’t bring the bill out for a vote in time to meet a legislative deadline ...

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Barbour wants EPA plan stopped

JACKSON — Gov. Haley Barbour has joined a bipartisan group of governors in asking Congress to stop a plan giving the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) the authority to regulate greenhouse gases, a move that would potentially harm the competitiveness of the nation’s economy, he said. In a letter to Congressional leaders, 20 governors expressed concern over an administrative agency implementing regulations ...

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Budget plan headed to Barbour's desk

JACKSON — The Mississippi Legislature on Wednesday approved a plan to restore about one-fifth of the money Gov. Haley Barbour had cut from the current state budget. The plan passed the Senate 47-0 and the House 115-2. Barbour is expected to sign it into law. “I hope this closes the books on FY 2010. It’s been a rough year,” Senate ...

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District gets emergency declaration

OKOLONA — Gov. Haley Barbour has declared a state of emergency exists in the Okolona Municipal Separate School District, authorizing the state Department of Education to take immediate corrective action. “After reviewing documentation provided by the state Department of Education, I am convinced that existing conditions in the Okolona Municipal Separate School District jeopardize the educational interests of the children ...

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Barbour vetoes budget bill

JACKSON — Mississippi lawmakers are working on another plan to plug some holes in the state budget after Gov. Haley Barbour followed through with his promise to strike down their original proposal. Barbour vetoed a bill Wednesday that would have restored more than one-fifth of the $458.5 million in cuts he has made since the fiscal year started last July ...

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Barbour: Create jobs, be careful with spending

JACKSON — Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour used his State of the State address Monday night to promote job creation and to urge lawmakers to be cautious with state spending. Though the 36-minute speech contained few surprises and or new policy initiatives, the Republican governor did elicit a few gasps in the House chamber when he said the state Department of ...

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