January 2010

Governor Barbour Seeks Additional Cuts Authority

Governor Barbour, in his annual State of the State address, reiterated his desire for the Legislature to grant him additional authority to make cuts to the current-year budget.  He is requesting authority to make cuts, at his discretion, up to 10% of state agencies’ budgets.  Current law allows him discretion in making cuts up to 5% of …

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Budget Cuts – Governor’s Authority

Mississippi law requires that the State of Mississippi operate within a balanced budget, and it expressly prohibits the state from running a budget deficit. State statute further requires that, when revenue comes in 2% or more below projections, the governor take actions to bring the budget into balance. This law provides the governor, as the State Fiscal …

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