UPDATE: Barbour puts more budget items on session agenda

JACKSON – Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour has expanded the agenda of a special legislative session.

In a statement Monday, Barbour said he is now allowing lawmakers to consider budget bills for most general fund agencies, such as public education. The state fiscal year begins Wednesday.

When the special session started Sunday, Barbour initially allowed lawmakers to consider only special fund agencies, which get their money from fees or specific taxes such as the gasoline tax that goes to the Mississippi Department of Transportation.

Barbour still is not allowing legislators to consider a budget for Medicaid, the government health insurance program for the needy. House and Senate negotiators have not come up with a Medicaid funding plan that the governor likes.

The Associated Press