Barbour asks Miss. agencies to examine efficiency

Published 2:56 pm Thursday, October 15, 2009

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour says he’s asking state agencies to analyze their operations and become more efficient.

Barbour said in a statement Tuesday that he has requested the information by Oct. 23, and he’ll release it to the public as officials work on a budget for the year that begins next July 1.

Barbour also repeated what he said weeks ago — that more budget cuts will be needed before the current fiscal year ends June 30. He trimmed nearly $172 million, or 2.9 percent, from the $6 billion budget in September because of lagging tax collections.

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State law says the governor cannot cut any agency’s budget by more than 5 percent until every agency’s budget has been reduced by that amount.