By Bobby Harrison/NEMS Daily Journal
JACKSON – The Mississippi Senate on Friday reduced the amount of funds to restore education cuts made by Gov. Haley Barbour from $45 million to $28 million.
But that still was more than the Senate leadership had proposed.
On Friday, the Senate approved spending $58 million in reserve funds, with $28 million going to K-12, education. The rest of the funds would restore a portion of the cuts in a number of areas, including for higher education and for districts attorneys.
Barbour has made $458 million in cuts because tax collections are not meeting projections. The last $21 million were announced Friday.
On Thursday, the Senate voted to restore $45 million in education cuts. The Senate leadership had intended to amend that proposal to provide funds in a number of areas with only $16.6 million going to K-12 education But Sen. Hob Bryan, D-Amory, made the proposal to put an additional $12 million in education, taking it from Corrections. It passed by a surprisingly large 44-2 margin.