Budget now in governor’s court

JACKSON — Now it’s up to Republican Gov. Haley Barbour.
Late on a Father’s Day, House and Senate negotiators reached a deal on a budget to fund the rapidly approaching new fiscal year, which begins July 1.
But only the governor can call the Legislature back in special session to vote on the deal. Barbour said last week he would call a special session when there is a deal he liked.
Will Barbour refuse to call the Legislature back because the budget deal includes a $60-million hospital tax increase instead of the $90 million he supports? He was unavailable to answer questions on that Sunday night.
If a budget is not passed by July 1, no one knows exactly what will happen, but there is a general consensus that there will be chaos.

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