Month: February 2010

What Belt-Tightening Looks Like in Schools

Governor Barbour has frequently referred to budget cuts as “belt-tightening” for state agencies and school districts. That sounds pretty harmless – until you know what “belt tightening” really looks like in Mississippi schools. 75 – 85% of any school district’s budget is made up of personnel costs: salaries, retirement, and insurance benefits. Teachers are employed …

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Governor’s Statement on SB2688

The following has been issued by the office of Governor Haley Barbour.  Thirty-four votes will be required in the Senate to override the governor’s veto of this important bill. DATE:  Feb. 18, 2010   STATEMENT OF GOVERNOR HALEY BARBOUR ON THE PASSAGE OF SENATE BILL 2688   “I regret the Senate, by a narrow majority, has chosen …

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Details of Debate on SB2688 Legislation to Restore Budget Cuts

On Thursday, February 4, 2010, the Mississippi Senate passed overwhelmingly an amendment to Senate Bill 2688 (SB2688) proposed by Senator Briggs Hopson of Vicksburg that required the use of $50-million from the Health Care Expendable Fund to restore $45-million of the cuts that have been made to MAEP, National Board Certification Program supplements, and Chickasaw Cession payments; $5-million in cuts …

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