Some Miss. lawmakers say Barbour’s been too quiet about federal stimulus spending

JACKSON, Miss. — Several lawmakers say it’s been difficult to get information from Republican Gov. Haley Barbour on how he’s spending nearly $50 million in federal stimulus money he’s allowed to use at his own discretion.

Barbour’s office didn’t release details about this year’s allocation of his discretionary fund to The Associated Press until AP filed a request through Mississippi public records laws.

The information provided by his office showed the governor already has allocated $43.7 million to various programs, including $9.8 million to community colleges and $7.3 million to a Highway Patrol trooper school.