Bryant at Neshoba: Frugal Miss. budget was right

PHILADELPHIA — Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant told a Neshoba County Fair audience Wednesday that writing a state budget this year required tough decisions.

Bryant said he and Gov. Haley Barbour, a fellow Republican, made sure the state was living within its means during the recession.

Barbour is scheduled to speak Thursday at the Neshoba County Fair, an annual homecoming that attracts thousands of people to the red clay hills of east central Mississippi.

Because there are no statewide or congressional elections this year, there are fewer political speeches than usual under the tin-roofed pavilion on the fairgrounds outside Philadelphia.

Bryant is expected to run for governor in 2011. Barbour cannot seek a third term.

The Associated Press