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Gov. Barbour will call special session to discuss state budget

JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Finally after days of negotiations Governor Haley Barbour will call a special session to tackle the state budget.

According to Barbour's deputy press secretary the special session will begin Sunday. State legislators tell us it will start at 2 p.m., but the governor's call will reportedly not include Medicaid.

The House Medicaid committee chairman says today at noon the governor was sent a new proposal that will hopefully meet his demands.

Rep. Cecil Brown (D) of the Legislative Budget Committee said, "I think the people of the state are ready to get it done. We're ready to get it done. Hopefully now the governor is ready to get it done. So I hope we'll have an agreement by Monday night at the latest."

"We have worked with his staff to provide a mechanism whereby he could make some balance cuts to providers if medicaid runs a deficit," added Medicaid Committee Chairman, Rep. Dirk Dedeaux (D).

"I'm glad that the governor is going ahead and asking us to adopt an appropriations bill because education doesn't have anything to do with medicaid, the department of public safety. We need to pass those bills and keep government working," said Sen. Gray Tollison (D) of Oxford.

 Medicaid has a $34 million dollar shortfall. The fiscal year ends June 30th.

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