Mississippi lawmakers miss their budget deadline

JACKSON, MS (WLOX) - Mississippi lawmakers missed their Saturday night deadline to file a $5.5 billion state budget compromise, but negotiators say they'll continue talks over the next few days.

The three-month session is scheduled to end April 2. By missing Saturday's deadline, lawmakers will be forced to extend the session because they're not allowed to vote on budget bills during the final few days they're at the Capitol.

Legislators have missed their budget deadline several times in recent years. Negotiators agreed Saturday on a multimillion-dollar bond bill to fund long-term projects such as renovation of state office buildings and repairs on college campuses.

Gov. Haley Barbour returned to help work on the budget. He was among the potential Republican presidential candidates who spoke Saturday in Iowa.

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