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BUDGET PLAN EXPECTED LATE THIS MONTH

Governor Talks Money

Governor Ronnie Musgrove says he'll submit his state spending ideas later this month. But instead of a detailed budget, Musgrove said today he would offer suggestions only on priorities such as education and economic development.

Musgrove and legislative leaders disagree over how fast the economy might grow and how much money might be available in fiscal 2003, which starts July 1st. The governor says that while he did not want to criticize lawmakers in their desire for an optimistic growth projection of four point three percent, it would be wise to act more cautiously. Mississippi tax collections in November were 24 million dollars below projections.

The governor spoke at a luncheon sponsored by Mississippi State University's John C. Stennis Institute of Government and the Capitol press corps.

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