COPY-Senate OKs $28M for K-12; no cuts yet from Barbour

Associated Press - February 5, 2010 12:04 PM ET

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour has indefinitely delayed his plans to announce a fourth round of state budget cuts.

Barbour's office said Friday that the Republican governor "continues to analyze budget options." He canceled a Friday news conference where cuts were supposed to be announced.

Meanwhile, the Mississippi Senate reversed itself Friday on a bill to restore $45 million to the K-12 public education budget.

The chamber approved a plan that, instead, would give back $28 million to schools struggling with operations after a series of spending cuts. The new plan calls for taking $58 million from the health care trust fund and spreading the money across numerous programs and agencies, including education.

The bill is Senate Bill 2688.

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