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Senators give Barbour more budget-cutting ability

JACKSON — The Senate Appropriations Committee has approved a bill that gives the governor more flexibility to make budget cuts. The measure approved Monday would allow Gov. Haley Barbour to cut any agency he chose up to 10 percent until June 30, 2011. Current state law says the governor cannot cut any agency’s money by more than 5 percent until ...

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State receives less tobacco money

JACKSON — In a letter to Gov. Haley Barbour yesterday, State Treasurer Tate Reeves notified the governor and legislative leaders of an additional unanticipated shortfall of revenue for the FY 2011 budget. Each year, several tobacco companies transfer the State of Mississippi an amount of money based upon tobacco usage nationally and other factors. The payment received Dec. 31, 2009, ...

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Barbour sets special election

CENTRAL MISSISSIPPI — Gov. Haley Barbour has set a Feb. 16 special election date for the District 36 vacancy in the State Senate. The district includes Claiborne, Copiah, Hinds and Jefferson counties.

 The qualifying deadline for the election is Jan. 15. If a run-off is necessary, it will be held March 9.

 The office became open after Barbour appointed Vincent ...

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Barbour comments on budget

JACKSON — The fiscal year 2010 budget adopted in a special session of the Mississippi Legislature is prudent and balanced and will serve state’ taxpayers, agencies and their constituents well, says, Gov. Haley Barbour. However, not all issues are resolved, and he is concerned about the amount of federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds contained in the budget. “I ...

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Legislature missed an opportunity

Months ago, before the economy plunged into its current state, a novel idea aimed at luring new industry and creating hundreds of jobs for both Mississippi and Alabama surfaced.   The theory, if I recall correctly, was that the two states would work closely together, identify an East Mississippi-West Alabama corridor of mutually beneficial  geographic  interest in the Meridian area, plan ...

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