Barbour and Hosemann Campaign in Vicksburg.
A favorite to win re-election, the Republican governor also touted education funding as a first-term accomplishment, adding he will continue to increase education spending if re-elected.
“Our new (revenue) estimates show $345 million is (in new money) available. About 90 percent of that will go to education,” Barbour said.
Barbour also castigated House Education Committee Chairman Rep. Cecil Brown, D-Jackson, for holding up about $10 million of additional funding for programs including dyslexia screening and having experienced teachers work with newer educators. The debate has been part of last-minute negotiations as the Legislature finalizes allocations for the budget year starting July 1 and House leaders pressed for programs they prefer, including more funding for at-risk youths.