UPDATE: Miss. budget restoration approved, sent to Barbour

By Bobby Harrison/NEMS Daily Journal

JACKSON – Both chambers of the state Legislature approved a compromise Wednesday to take $82 million from various state reserves to restore a portion of the $458.5 million Gov. Haley Barbour has cut from the state budget this year.

The proposal now goes to the governor, whose spokesman indicated he would sign it.

But with the state still facing dire financial woes, the Senate approved a measure Wednesday that would reduce the minimum number of school days for the next two years from 180 to 175 and allow teachers and other staff to be furloughed up to five days.