Thursday, January 5 2012 11:42 AM EST2012-01-05 16:42:06 GMT
On Wednesday, January 4, Governor Haley Barbour gave his final address to a joint session of the Mississippi Legislature.More >>
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -
He took to the speaker's podium for the last time as governor during a joint session Wednesday and when Haley Barbour did so, his target audience was in front of him.
"I want to talk to you, the legislators," Barbour told lawmakers.
Those legislators were all ears as Barbour laid out his thoughts on the new session and what direction he believes the state needs to move in. But it will first take a budget. Barbour gave his own recommendation last month calling for an overall spending reduction of nearly three percent. It's a budget he told lawmakers they should back.
"Trust me, departments and agencies can meet my budget. They can achieve further savings if you required it of them and they can still provide services of the same quality and at the same level," said Barbour.
Barbour even highlighted the state's tax system saying everyone needs to pay their fair share and lawmakers need to look at tax exemptions and whether they're justified.
"Keep taxes and fees as low as possible," Barbour said.
To keep taxes low while generating more revenue, Barbour is asking lawmakers to support a move which would allow states to collect sales tax from Internet sales. It wouldn't be a decision for the legislature, but rather the federal government.
Barbour says the state is losing big money which could be directed to state agencies and possibly give tax breaks to Mississippians.
"If we collected it, from my perspective, we could cut the sales tax or we could cut the income tax," said Barbour.
Newly elected president pro-tem, Sen. Terry Brown says Barbour's leadership put the state on a pathway of growth, even in hard economic times, and what he tells lawmakers should be heavily considered.
"He's the one that helped us get in that direction. He's the one that changed the way we thought in Mississippi," said Brown.
When it comes to spending, Barbour reminded lawmakers of just where the money comes from.
"Government doesn't have any money. Every dollar you vote to spend comes from the earnings of families and businesses," said Barbour.
"He gave us some good advice," said Rep. David Gibbs.
Gibbs says Barbour's advice comes at a time when the state needs to pull together instead of apart.
"We will have to work together in order to have the best place we can have for all of our citizens," said Gibbs.
Barbour's term ends when governor-elect Phil Bryant is sworn in next Tuesday. Barbour says he plans on traveling as a paid speaker, work for a Washington lobbying firm and even write a book on responding to natural disasters.
Saturday, May 25 2013 4:20 PM EDT2013-05-25 20:20:27 GMT
Judge Bill Gowan's Hinds County courtroom is in session for the 6th day of the James Hutto murder trial. Hutto, who is known for making obnoxious outbursts in court, has already made several erraticMore >>
After 6 days of testimony, evidence and many loud and obnoxious outbursts by Hutto, a jury has unanimously found him guilty of capital murder.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 9:46 PM EDT2013-05-25 01:46:35 GMT
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The names for the 2013 North Atlantic hurricane season.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 8:30 PM EDT2013-05-25 00:30:42 GMT
Yesterday we first told you about two parents of Boyd Elementary school students, who say their children were sexually assaulted by another student. The parents were furious that no action had been takenMore >>
Thursday we first told you about two parents of Boyd Elementary school students, who say their children were sexually assaulted by another student. The parents were furious that no action had been taken on their cases. Today more parents are speaking out about their children also falling victims.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 12:22 PM EDT2013-05-24 16:22:29 GMT
James Hutto interrupted his own capital murder trial Tuesday morning, angry that judge Bill Gowan decided against the admissibility of certain evidence. "None of that matters? F***. I don't give a f***More >>
A capital murder case defendant, known for his abrasive outbursts and odd behavior in court, entered court Friday morning with a limp. James Hutto told Judge Bill Gowan that he needed to be excused for the day because the shackles on his legs had been irritating his skin. More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 9:19 PM EDT2013-05-25 01:19:22 GMT
A Vicksburg man was killed in a one vehicle accident on I-20 in Warren County Friday afternoon.Forty-nine-year-old Johnny Johnson was traveling westbound when he lost control of his 2004 Chevrolet at mileMore >>
A Vicksburg man was killed in a one vehicle accident on I-20 in Warren County Friday afternoon.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 10:33 AM EDT2013-05-24 14:33:13 GMT
A battle of words from the attorneys representing Jackson Police Officer Terrance Crump and Shane Patrick. Crump's attorney Warren Martin says Patrick yelled racial slurs when walking out of the store.More >>
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Friday, May 24 2013 6:04 PM EDT2013-05-24 22:04:01 GMT
Friday morning, Paul Williams told viewers it would be beautiful, summerlike Mississippi day. That was his last forecast for WLBT. Paul is leaving to become the Chief Meteorologist at the ABC affiliateMore >>
Friday morning, Paul Williams told viewers it would be beautiful, summerlike Mississippi day. That was his last forecast for WLBT. Paul is leaving to become the Chief Meteorologist at the ABC affiliate in Memphis.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 7:17 PM EDT2013-05-24 23:17:09 GMT
A wreck involving a Hinds County Deputy happened on Highway 80 in Brandon, Friday afternoon. The female deputy's cruiser collided with another car. The front bumper of the cruiser was barely hangingMore >>
A wreck involving a Hinds County Deputy happened on Highway 80 in Brandon, Friday afternoon. The female deputy's cruiser collided with another car.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 2:58 PM EDT2013-05-25 18:58:48 GMT
Jefferson County Community Work Center inmate MELVIN TONEY, MDOC #K1985, left from the facility, in Fayette at approximately 6:00 a.m. today. TONEY was last seen wearing MDOC state-issued green and whiteMore >>
Authorities are searching for a MS Department of Corrections inmate who escaped this morning.