Time now for state to capitalize, Barbour says

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.

Time now for state to capitalize, Barbour says

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