Barbour – If health care legislation goes threw, Miss. would have to increase taxes

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour says health care legislation pending in Congress could make Medicaid too expensive for his state by putting lots more people on the program.

The Republican governor sent a letter to U.S. senators Friday to repeat what he has been saying for months — that a dramatic increase in Medicaid enrollment would strain Mississippi’s budget and could force state officials to increase the sales tax, the income tax or both.