Miss. House OKs more money for governor's budget

By Laura Tillman/The Associated Press

JACKSON — The Mississippi House agreed Wednesday to spend more money for the governor’s office and mansion during the current budget year.

Gov. Phil Bryant’s staff said last month that his predecessor, fellow Republican Haley Barbour, spent more than half the governor’s budget before leaving office in January, just over midway through the budget year.

House Bill 1511 would provide an additional $355,531 for the governor’s staff through June 30.

It also has $119,000 to replace mansion labor that had been provided for free by an inmate trusty program that Bryant canceled. That money covers 18 months.

House Appropriations Committee Chairman Herb Frierson, a Republican from Poplarville, says it’s typical for a governor’s office to overspend during the final months of an administration.

The bill goes to the Senate.