By Bobby Harrison/NEMS Daily Journal
JACKSON – Kindergarten through 12th grade education and the community colleges are level funded, but the eight public universities are cut 3.4 percent under the budget proposal approved Tuesday by the Legislative Budget Committee.
Most other agencies also are cut under the Budget Committee proposal. Overall, the recommendation calls for a cut of $127.4 million or 2.31 percent in total dollars going to the state general fund. The cut is being caused primarily because of the loss of one-time funds, including $526 million in federal funds, that were used by the 2011 Legislature to fund recurring expenses.
The 14-member Budget Committee is charged with developing a proposal to be used by the Legislature during the upcoming session as a blueprint. Outgoing Gov. Haley Barbour will release his budget proposal later this month.