The Associated Press
JACKSON – The 2 percent budget cut Gov. Haley Barbour ordered for Mississippi's public universities and community colleges would be restored under a bill approved Wednesday by a House committee.
House Appropriations Chairman Johnny Stringer, D-Montrose, said the full chamber would likely consider the bill later Wednesday.
Rep. Tommy Reynolds, D-Charleston, said the colleges can't survive without the $18 million in funding that was lost through the 2 percent cuts.
If approved, the money would help the colleges operate for the rest of fiscal year 2009, which ends June 30.
The bill is House Bill 290.