Barbour readies his 2011 budget proposal

JACKSON – One year ago, Gov. Haley Barbour released his controversial budget proposal that included recommendations for school district consolidation, university mergers and the closure of mental health facilities, including the North Mississippi State Hospital in Tupelo.

Barbour said such dramatic action was needed to deal with the state’s bleakest budget picture since the 1930s Great Depression. But those proposals gained no traction during the 2010 session or even from a special commission Barbour appointed to study school district consolidation.

On Monday, the Republican governor is set to release his budget proposal for the 2011 Legislature to consider for the upcoming fiscal year, which begins July 1.

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