Barbour yet to set special session, but lawmakers agree it’s Friday

State lawmakers likely will head back to the Capitol this week to finalize budgets for two agencies left unfunded for the new fiscal year.

About 80 state employees have been furloughed until the Public Service Commission and the Public Utilities Staff are funded. The new fiscal year started July 1.

Gov. Haley Barbour has not issued an official proclamation for a special session to address the issue, but several lawmakers from both the House and Senate took to social networking sites, such as Facebook and Twitter, over the weekend to announce it will begin at 10 a.m. Friday. Others confirmed those plans Monday.

Barbour spokesman Dan Turner said he did not know when the session would be held or when the governor would issue a proclamation. Monday was a state holiday.

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