The Clarion-Ledger, 2/17/9

Dozens of assistant district attorneys and investigators may have to take a cut in pay and benefits unless the state provides additional funds in a tight budget year.

Layoffs, furloughs or leaving vacant positions unfilled also are possible solutions to Gov. Haley Barbour’s latest round of cuts, according to the Department of Finance and Administration.

District attorneys are asking state lawmakers for more than $712,000 to prevent the personnel adjustments detailed in a recent memo from DFA, the agency that pays their bills. Lawmakers will consider their request as they begin working on budget issues this week.

“We’ve cut all we can,” said Michael Guest, the district attorney for Madison and Rankin counties who has four state-funded assistant district attorneys and two investigators.