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State ends year with surplus, but Barbour urges caution

JACKSON — The state ended fiscal year 2011 with $94 million more in unobligated reserves than expected, leaving $285 million in reserves. This is according to the Governor’s Office. Still, Gov. Haley Barbour urged conservative budget planning. In a letter to legislators, Barbour wrote: “As my successor and you begin planning the budget for next fiscal year, I urge you ...

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Audit finds 'concern' with county's administration

HINDS COUNTY — Hinds County’s finances in fiscal 2010 reflect numerous areas of concern with how the county conducts business. That’s according to a private examination ordered by the state Auditor’s Office. State Auditor Stacey Pickering noted the county ended the year with a $2-million deficit in its general fund and has routinely done interest rate swaps to ease the ...

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Cochran urges peers to be cautious

WASHINGTON — Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), the ranking Republican on the Senate Appropriations Committee, yesterday cautioned the Senate about creating new programs, whether for healthcare, climate change or education, that are funded through automatic mandatory spending. In a speech to the Senate, Cochran addressed congressional spending practices, and stressed that the Congress could better control future spending by relying on ...

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