The Clarion-Ledger, 7/4/8

Lawmakers in the Democrat-controlled Mississippi House will make another attempt to pass a long-term funding solution for Medicaid when a special session resumes next month.

Senate leaders, though, don’t appear willing to consider legislation that would stop Gov. Haley Barbour from making deep cuts to the health-care program that serves about 600,000 Mississippians. Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Alan Nunnelee, R-Tupelo, said the House proposals are fiscally irresponsible, and Barbour spokesman Pete Smith said the governor would veto them.

The session’s 12th day ended Thursday with no resolution between Barbour and Senate leaders who want to tax hospitals and House leaders who prefer hiking cigarette taxes, or a combination of both. The session has cost taxpayers $547,974 so far.

Lawmakers had agreed to return to the Capitol next week until Barbour ordered them back Aug. 4 at 10 a.m.