Miss. governor set to announce more budget cuts

JACKSON — Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour is set to announce a second round of state budget cuts, only five months into the fiscal year.

Barbour will announce the reductions during a news conference Thursday afternoon in Jackson.

Figures released this week showed that in November, Mississippi’s tax collections fell short of expectations for the 15th month in a row.

In September, the Republican governor cut about $172 million out of the nearly $6 billion budget. He has said since then that more cuts would be needed — and this round of reductions might be as big as the first one.

Education advocates worry that schools, community colleges and universities could suffer if they lose more money.

The Associated Press