Barbour’s university merger proposals could falter

Some Mississippi House members say Republican Gov. Haley Barbour’s most politically sensitive budget proposals are likely to be dead on arrival – including a recommendation to merge eight universities into five.
Rep. Cecil Brown of Jackson, a Democrat on the Joint Legislative Budget Committee, said Tuesday he opposes Barbour’s idea of merging Mississippi University for Women into Mississippi State and combining the three historically black universities into one. Barbour proposes merging Alcorn State and Mississippi Valley State into Jackson State.
“I really fail to see that we’re going to save much money, and it’s bad public policy,” Brown told The Associated Press. “I’m not sure the cost would be worth it – the cost to students, the cost to the long-term economic outlook of the state.”