STATEMENT OF GOVERNOR HALEY BARBOUR ON THE PASSAGE OF SENATE BILL 2688

DATE: Feb. 18, 2010

“I regret the Senate, by a narrow majority, has chosen to send Senate Bill
2688 to me rather than to a conference
with the House, where an appropriate
compromise might have been reached. This bill spends too much, burns too
much of our reserves, and fails to adequately address Corrections, where we
still face the possibility of turning criminals loose due to the lack of
funding. I expect the bill to reach my desk next week, and I will veto it
and send it back to the Legislature.”