By Elizabeth Crisp

The Clarion Ledger–November 15, 2010

Gov. Haley Barbour has proposed an average 8-percent reduction in state spending for the coming fiscal year.

Outlining his fiscal 2012 executive budget recommendation in a news conference this afternoon, Barbour suggested level funding for the Mississippi Adequate Education Program — the system’s primary funding mechanism for the K-12 school districts, and an average 2 percent cut to higher education.

Meanwhile, mental health and Medicaid programs would take bigger hits.

Barbour also recommended cutting all state funding for athletic programs at community colleges and gradually weaning Mississippi Public Broadcasting off of state funding.


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