Barbour restores $82M to budget

JACKSON — Gov. Haley Barbour signed legislation Thursday that would restore $82 million of the $458.5 million in spending cuts he has made to the 2010 state budget.

The money, which comes from an assortment of state reserve funds, would restore $37.1 million to K-12 education, including about $2.5 million for DeSoto County schools.

The bill returns $41.1 million to K-12 schools and higher education.

“The difficult economic period for our state is not over,” Barbour said in a statement.

The legislation also includes two areas of concern to parents and teachers — $33 million for the Mississippi Adequate Education Program and $2 million for National Board Certification for teachers.

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