Barbour: Miss. tax collections fall short in May

JACKSON — Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour says the state’s tax collections in May were “sharply below” where experts originally thought they’d be.

That follows a pattern of the past several months as Mississippi feels the impact of the national recession.

Barbour said at a news conference Monday that his proposed budget would put a record amount of money into public education for the fiscal year that begins July 1. But he believes legislators are not getting that message.

A small group of legislative negotiators have been unable to agree a state spending plan. It remains unclear whether a nearly $5 billion budget will be available for consideration when the full House and Senate return to the Capitol on Wednesday.

The Associated Press