Trickle down effect after latest budget cuts

JACKSON, MS (WLBT) – After Governor Haley Barbour announced the latest round of budget cuts on Wednesday, several state agencies prepped for furloughs.

The Mississippi Department of Human Services ordered a day of furloughs for Friday April 2nd.

Several other agencies met with the State Personnel Board to discuss furloughing options before the end of the fiscal year on June 30th.

The Department of Public Safety was granted 1 to 6 days of furloughs if needed. The State Tax Commission and the Department of Agriculture asked from 4 to 12 days. DHS was also granted a total of 8 furlough days.

In a statement released on Thursday, DHS Executive Director Don Thompson said:

“Because of the volatile nature of the current economic crisis in the State of Mississippi, executing a furlough plan has become necessary to manage the remaining general funds in our budget.”