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Budget recommendations include school, university consolidations

JACKSON — Republican Gov. Haley Barbour calls for reducing the number of school districts and merging some universities, reviving many of his past recommendations in his final Mississippi budget proposal. He also suggests spending the $97.4 million remaining in a healthcare trust fund that was created before he took office. Barbour released his nearly $5.5 billion budget yesterday. His second ...

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Barbour to release state budget proposal today

JACKSON — Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour today is releasing his state spending plan for the coming budget year. The Republican leaves office when his second term ends Jan. 10, nearly six months before fiscal 2013 begins on July 1. He will make recommendations that new lawmakers and incoming Republican Gov. Phil Bryant can use as they decide how to spend ...

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Barbour: Budget process should be transparent

BILOXI — Republican Gov. Haley Barbour says Mississippi needs to be honest and transparent in its budget process. The Mississippi Press reports Barbour discussed the budget process yesterday before an audience of about 50 in Biloxi. It was the final of three farewell speeches for the two-term governor, who leaves office Jan. 10. Yesterday, Barbour touched on many points he ...

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State's November revenue collections miss projection

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Gov. Haley Barbour issued the following statement on revenue collections in Mississippi last month: “The monthly report from the Department of Revenue shows that Mississippi’s November revenue collections are below the estimate by 1.5 percent, or almost $4.9 million less than anticipated. “Our national economy continues to be sluggish. The state’s economy is no different. Individual income ...

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State's revenue collections exceed forecast

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The latest monthly report from the Department of Revenue shows that Mississippi’s October revenue collections have exceeded the estimate by 5.01 percent, or $20.2 million more than anticipated. Still, Gov. Haley Barbour says legislators should be conservative in their budget-making process. “While the October figures are encouraging, they should not be misread as opening a path to ...

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Bounds: Universities face funding shortfalls

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — A higher education leader says declining state revenues and the loss of one-time federal money will mean fewer dollars for Mississippi universities. Hank Bounds, Mississippi’s higher education commission, told The Sun Herald the eight public universities have taken cuts in the past three years but had federal aid to make up for it. Bounds says money earmarked ...

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State loses grant to promote furniture industry

TUPELO — Officials say the loss of a $200,000 state grant likely will mean less national attention for Northeast Mississippi’s furniture industry. V.M. Cleveland, chairman of the Tupelo Furniture Market, tells the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal the loss means less national marketing of area furniture manufacturers and of the twice-yearly market. The grant had been awarded the previous three years. ...

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Public schools asking for 13 percent budget increase

JACKSON — Mississippi education officials are seeking a 13 percent budget increase for elementary and secondary schools in the coming year. State Superintendent of Education Tom Burnham presented the request today to the Joint Legislative Budget Committee. Burnham says he understands lawmakers face difficult decisions because money will be tight for the year that begins July 1. Among other things, ...

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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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State's March revenue collections exceed estimate

JACKSON — Preliminary figures show the state’s revenue collections in March exceeded the forecast, but Gov. Haley Barbour is still pushing for caution when spending. “As of (yesterday), Mississippi’s preliminary March revenue collections exceeded the revised estimate by 2.16 percent,” Barbour said. “The state collected $9.8 million above the revised March estimate, which was adopted earlier this month. “While this ...

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