Barbour calls for change to budget cut law - - Jackson, MS

Barbour calls for change to budget cut law

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Gov. Haley Barbour is asking for new budget cutting powers as state tax collection revenues continue to fall short.

Barbour says in a letter sent Wednesday to Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant and Speaker of the House Billy McCoy that December tax revenues fell short by 10.8 percent - $41.2 million. It's the 16th straight month Mississippi has missed the mark.

Barbour says more cuts will be needed before the end of the fiscal year on June 30.

Barbour asked the attorney general to clarify the law that requires the governor to cut every department's budget by 5 percent before more cuts. And he's asking Bryant and McCoy to support changing the law to allow him to cut 10 percent from budgets to protect some essential services.

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