Analysis: Barbour’s Budget Sure to Spark Activism

In releasing his budget proposal last week, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour might’ve tapped into his own version of economic stimulus.

Call it the Lobbyist Full Employment Act of 2010.

Barbour announced a wide range of ideas that immediately made people mad, and it’s a safe bet that interest groups will convert their pent-up anger into action once the Legislature convenes in January.

He proposed merging the eight current universities into five, reducing the number of school districts from 152 to 100 and closing some mental health centers.