JACKSON, MS (WLOX) - There's news from the Governor's Mansion. Haley Barbour gave legislators a revised Executive Budget Recommendation for Fiscal Year 2012 that people in his office say responsibly funds the state's critical needs, including education, health care and public safety.
According to a news release sent out by the governor's staff, Mr. Barbour increased his total proposed spending by $45 million as a compromise with lawmakers. His budget reportedly spends $5.447 billion in the next fiscal year, which begins July 1. And according to staffers, it relies on less non-recurring revenue than the House proposal and adequately funds the state's reserves.
"Education is our top priority, and my budget funds the Mississippi Adequate Education Program with state source funds at the same level as we did this year," Barbour wrote in a letter to legislators. "While I am proposing level funding for MAEP, I am asking that K-12 find $30 million in savings in other areas. After all, school districts have access to more than $940 million in other funds."
Gov. Barbour is on his way to south Mississippi. And one of his stops today is at WLOX. David Elliott will sit down with the governor and ask him questions about the budget stalemate. Look for excerpts of that interview on newscasts throughout the day and the evening. The complete one-on-one conversation will be posted on WLOX.com.