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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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Barbour cuts more than $200 million from state’s budget

One of the biggest storylines in state politics in 2009 is likely to be at or near the top of the list in 2010. State revenues have failed for 15 consecutive months to meet estimates. The budget for fiscal year 2010 has already been cut twice and it is a guarantee it will have to be slashed again before the ...

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University Merger Plan

‘I’m not the first person who ever thought of combining the W with Mississippi State’ Barbour’s plan to reduce state universities to 5 meets expected challenges During Gov. Haley Barbour’s press conference last week in which he unveiled his budget recommendation for fiscal year 2011 a reporter asked him how he came to the conclusion that merging some of the ...

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Barbour offers realism, optimism

Governor gives bleak outlook, announces special session for new industry in Delta   Despite the bleak economic picture, statewide elected officials at the Mississippi Economic Council’s Hobnob event Oct. 21 were determined to “hitch up their britches” and move ahead. Gov. Haley Barbour was not shy about his worries that economic state recovery would be slow. Tax revenues are not ...

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