JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - In these tough economic times, state lawmakers are figuring out ways to keep their spending down.
By state statute, the House of Representatives and Senate are exempt from taking the Governor's cuts.
The Senate's overall budget for FY 2010 is about $4.2 million. Chairman of the Senate Rules committee, Sen. Billy Hewes says the senate has cut back on travel expenses and even cut staff.
"We have had a hiring freeze on and we have actually and we have actually lost some folks on staff and we have not replaced those," Sen. Hewes said.
The House's overall budget for FY 2010 is about $11 million. Chairman of the House Rules committee, Rep. Joseph Warren says they've also cut back on things like out of town travel expenses, and they haven't seen salary increases for House lawmakers in over 20 years.
"As far as our salaries, I think they last time house of representatives got a raise was 1986," Warren said.
Meanwhile, the Governor announced on Friday, an additional $21 million to be cut from state agencies. This totals nearly 8.7 percent for FY 2010.