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Barbour budget has education mergers, agency cuts

Source: newsday.com Posted By: Faye C...3991 days ago

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour on Monday unveiled a budget that includes sweeping reorganization of state government, including proposals to merge eight universities into five and reduce the number of school districts by a third.

Barbour proposes spending $5.5 billion during the year that begins next July 1. That's $715 million less than the state originally budgeted for the current year, and Barbour said the reduced figure reflects the expectation of sluggish revenues and slow economic recovery.

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