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Governor threatened veto over Public Safety pay

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - The governor has vowed to veto extra pay for highway patrol top brass because lawmakers did not fund the measure.

Senate Bill 3135 awaits Governor Haley Barbour's signature.

It is the $68 million appropriation bill for the Department of Public Safety for fiscal year 2011.

Also included are 11 extra hours of pay for personnel at the rank of lieutenant and higher.

"We're gonna pay them the same next year as we did this year. They'll get paid these same 11 hours a pay period, but I'm going to veto the legislation because the legislature should not require any agency of government to pay for something and not give them the money to pay for it," said Governor Barbour.

House Appropriations Committee Chairman Johnny Stringer disagreed and said the pay measure is funded.

"It is my understanding we put $325,000 in the budget to pay for it," said Stringer.

Section 20 of the bill designates funding from the state treasury.

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