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House budget-cut proposal lags, too little support

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A top budget writer says he won't seek a Mississippi House vote on a plan that would've altered the way the governor cuts spending.

House Appropriations Chairman Johnny Stringer said Wednesday the plan doesn't have enough support.

A bill that passed Stringer's committee Tuesday would have exempted a few programs from cuts when money runs short, including pay supplements for top teachers, payments for long-term debt and funding for some lawsuit settlements.

Current state law says the governor cannot cut any agency's money by more than 5 percent until every agency has been cut that amount.

Gov. Haley Barbour wants legislators to let him cut agencies' budgets up to 10 percent, but he wants the power to cut some more than others.

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