What state legislators and Gov. Haley Barbour agree on headed into the 2011 session of the Mississippi Legislature is that times are hard and the budget process will be long and unpleasant.
Beyond that basic premise, there’s a wide chasm of thought on how best to traverse the narrow path that evolves when the state’s revenue engine is broken while every politician from the statehouse to the courthouses is slated to stand for re-election save one – Haley Barbour.
Barbour is term-limited as governor and many believe he has his sights set on much higher office. Regardless, the final year of any governor’s term is legacy time – the time when that governor starts thinking about how he’s remembered. That’s exponentially more important when that governor is also being touted as presidential timber.