Governor Barbour cuts another 221-million from state budget - MSNewsNow.com - Jackson, MS

Governor Barbour cuts another 221-million from state budget

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi Gov. Haley Barber on Friday cut $221 million from the nearly $6 billion state budget. That means most programs are losing 8.1 percent of their money during the fiscal year that ends June 30.

Barber cut $226 million in the fall. Democratic leaders in the House said the Republican governor should have dipped into financial reserves to mitigate the cuts.

Barber said it's unlikely that thousands of inmates will be released because some federal stimulus money could be put into the Department if Corrections budget.

He had said during the State of the State speech Monday that up to 4,000 inmates could be released if legislators didn't give him flexibility to cut some agencies' budgets more than others.

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