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Governor Barbour's 7th State of the State Address

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JACKSON, MS -- On Monday, January 18th, Governor Haley Barbour gave his 7th State of the State address to lawmakers in the capitol.

"We may not agree on everything, and don't have to. We do have to be honest with each other and our constituents about the facts and the situations we face," Barbour said in referring to the budget that's already created controversy during the 2010 legislative session.

House Majority Leader, Tyrone Ellis continues to disagree with Barbour's notion of cutting 10-percent from agencies at his discretion.

"We as democrats in the house, we are not going to just rubber stamp a political ploy, or just to be doing something just for the sake of doing it," Ellis, D of Clay, Lowndes, Noxubee, Oktibbeha said.

Governor Barbour acknowledges that the current state of Mississippi still rests in an economic recession. In his speech, he highlighted job creation and referenced to the idea of Mississippi leading the nation out of the economic recession.

He also talked about energy and stated that he will continue to support Mississippi as a leader in renewable resources.

At the end of his speech, he addressed the budget asking that the House will grant him the authority to make the adjustments he says are needed to state agencies.

For many in the House of Representatives, the budget continues to leave a sour taste.

"Where I disagree with the governor is, I think it would be expedient for the governor to have the authority to make these 10-percent cuts," said Rep. Robert Johnson, D, Adams, Claiborne, Jefferson.

"We need to be mindful of the cuts, we need to make sure we cut enough to be significant, but at the same time we don't need to over cut," said Rep. David Norquist, D of Sunflower, Bolivar, Washington.

Meanwhile, the Governor highlighted the need to avoid additional cuts to corrections. He says if more cuts are made to this agency then 3,400 to 4,000 prisoners could be released from jail.

However, Rep. Ellis doesn't buy into this notion.

"That's a scare tactic, we're not buying that. We're going to investigate and look and see what alternatives we have," Ellis said.

As for the Governor, he's confident making these cuts will help Mississippi move forward.

"This is why it seems the only reasonable way forward is the 10-percent flexibility bill," Barbour said during his speech.






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