JACKSON, MS (AP) - The Mississippi Senate approved a plan Wednesday to restore about one-fifth of the money Gov. Haley Barbour has cut from the current state budget.
The vote was 47-0. The plan must also pass the House before going to the governor.
It restores $82 million of the $458.5 million Barbour has cut from what started as a nearly $6 billion budget.
The plan gives more than $37 million to K-12 education, including $2 million for National Board Certified teachers; $4 million to mental health; $1.7 million to public safety and $16 million to the Department of Corrections; and $4 million of federal stimulus money to community and junior colleges.
The budget year ends June 30.
The bill is Senate Bill 2495.
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