Legislature restores $82M to budget

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

The money, which would come from an assortment of state reserve funds, would restore $37.1 million to K-12 education, including more than $2 million for DeSoto County schools.

Also Wednesday, the Senate approved legislation to trim five days off the school year and allow superintendents to furlough teachers for up to five days.

The funding bill was hammered out Tuesday after several days of meetings between members of a House-Senate conference committee.