UPDATE: Barbour announces another $41 million in budget cuts

By Bobby Harrison/NEMS Daily Journal

JACKSON – Gov. Haley Barbour said this morning he is making an additional $41 million in budget cuts for the current fiscal year, based on a recommendation of the Legislative Budget Committee.

He made the announcement after the Budget Committee, which includes legislative leaders, met Wednesday morning and cut the revenue estimate for the current fiscal year by another $119.4 million. The committee also cut the estimate for the upcoming fiscal year $112.9 million.

The action of the Budget Committee will make it even more difficult for state agencies and school districts to finish the current budget year. And it will also hamper efforts of legislators to agree on a budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

For the current fiscal year, the governor already had cut $458.5 million from education and state agencies based on the historic drop in state tax collections.
The cuts of $458 million equated to an 8.7 percent reduction for most agencies. The additional $41 million in cuts means most agencies will absorb cuts of 9.5 percent.