Barbour signs bill for partial budget restoration

By NEMS Daily Journal

JACKSON — Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour has signed a bill to restore some of the budget cuts he made.

Even as he enacted the law Thursday, Barbour repeated what he’s been saying for weeks — that more cuts could be coming before the fiscal year ends June 30.

The bill restores $82 million of the $458.5 million Barbour trimmed because of revenue shortfalls. Separately, Barbour agreed to use stimulus funds to restore $4 million to community and junior colleges.

The state budget started last summer at nearly $6 billion.

Legislators are working on a budget for the new fiscal year that begins July 1.

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The bill is Senate Bill 2495.