Barbour’s State of the State message will focus on change, additional cuts

Year after year, the demand for state services increases, as does the money necessary to fund that along with providing state employee benefits and rising costs fed by inflation.

Barbour laid out a series of initiatives in November, when he outlined his $5.5 billion budget proposal for the 2011 fiscal year that begins July 1, to cope with the economic recession’s fallout and subsequent anemic state tax collections.

But first, there’s a matter of balancing this year’s budget, and that requires another round of spending cuts, more than $190 million in addition to the original $172 million in spending reductions he ordered in November.

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