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December 30, 2009
GOVERNOR BARBOUR DISTRIBUTES LETTER ON CONTINUED BUDGET SHORTFALL
Due to preliminary December reports showing a continued revenue shortfall for the current fiscal year, Governor Haley Barbour today wrote the attached letter to Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant and House Speaker Billy McCoy.

December 21, 2009
GOVERNOR BARBOUR CREATES COMMISSION TO REVIEW SCHOOL DISTRICT STRUCTURE
Education, legislative, business leaders will establish method to consolidate districts Governor Haley Barbour today announced formation of a special advisory commission to review Mississippi's current structure of public school districts and recommend how they can be consolidated in order to improve both the quality of education and the efficiency with which it is delivered.

December 20, 2009
STATEMENT OF GOVERNOR BARBOUR ON HEALTHCARE REFORM BILL
"As debate enters its final hours, the Senate Democratic Leadership says it has exactly the number of votes needed to pass its dreadful healthcare reform bill. Despite opposition from a majority of Americans, most Governors and other state officials, consumer groups, business leaders, and healthcare professionals, the Senate majority seems intent on cramming this monstrosity down the American people’s throats."

December 18, 2009
PENDING HEALTH CARE BILL CATASTROPHIC FOR STATE BUDGETS
Passage of federal healthcare legislation in its current form would have a catastrophic impact on state budgets, says Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour, chairman of the Republican Governors Association. On Thursday, Governor Barbour and four former governors who are now United States Senators told reporters that states cannot absorb costs of the proposed Medicaid expansion.

December 18, 2009
GOVERNOR BARBOUR ASKS STATE SUPREME COURT TO AFFIRM CONSTITUTIONALITY OF TORT REFORM CAP
The Mississippi Legislature has the right to establish laws protecting Mississippians from frivolous lawsuits, Governor Haley Barbour said in a legal brief filed with the Mississippi Supreme Court. Governor Barbour joined Double Quick Inc., an Indianola-based chain of convenience stores, in asking justices to affirm the constitutionality of tort reform measures.

December 16, 2009
HOMESTRETCH LLC ANNOUNCES LOCATION OF OPERATIONS IN NETTLETON
Governor Haley Barbour today welcomed the operations of HomeStretch LLC, an upholstered furniture manufacturing company, to Nettleton. The new company is an investment by owners William "Skipper" Holliman and Gentry Long that will create 140 new jobs over the next four years.

December 16, 2009
GOVERNOR BARBOUR SEARCHING TO FILL DISTRICT ATTORNEY VACANCY
Governor Haley Barbour is conducting a search to replace District Attorney Laurence Mellen of the 11th District. Mr. Mellen resigned his post effective Dec. 31, 2009. The 11th Circuit Court District includes the following four counties: Bolivar, Coahoma, Quitman and Tunica.

December 15, 2009
STATEMENT OF GOVERNOR BARBOUR ON JOINT LEGISLATIVE BUDGET COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION
The Joint Legislative Budget Committee recommendation regarding the Fiscal Year 2011 budget contains significant cuts throughout state government, indicating legislative recognition that these dire fiscal times mean the budgeting process can't be business as usual.

December 14, 2009
GE AVIATION EXPANDING OPERATIONS IN BATESVILLE
Governor Haley Barbour announced today that GE Aviation is expanding its operation in Batesville. The company's Batesville plant produces composite components for the GEnx jet engine, which will power Boeing's new 787 and 747-8 aircraft. The GEnx engine is the world's only jet engine with composite fan blades, composite fan platforms and a composite fan case.

December 11, 2009
GOVERNOR BARBOUR LIFTS STATE OF EMERGENCY ORDER FOR JEFFERSON DAVIS SCHOOLS
Governor Haley Barbour has removed the state of emergency declaration for Jefferson Davis County School District upon request by the Mississippi Board of Education.

December 11, 2009
GOVERNOR BARBOUR: FEDERAL EXPANSION OF MEDICAID WILL BURDEN STATE BUDGET
Current Congressional healthcare proposals to expand Medicaid coverage to individuals above the federal poverty line would greatly increase costs to the states at a time when tax revenues are shrinking, Governor Haley Barbour wrote in a letter to Mississippi senators and U.S. Senate leadership.

December 7, 2009
MISSISSIPPI'S COMMITMENT TO SEVERSTAL COMPLETE
Governor Haley Barbour today announced the State of Mississippi has completed its economic development commitments to steel manufacturer Severstal North America Inc.

December 7, 2009
GOVERNOR BARBOUR APPOINTS STATE SENATOR DAVIS TO JUDICIAL POST
Governor Haley Barbour today announced the appointment of Sen. Vincent Davis of Fayette to the 17th District Chancery Court position. His appointment begins December 8, 2009.

December 4, 2009
GOVERNOR BARBOUR ORDERS LOWERING OF FLAGS ON NATIONAL PEARL HARBOR REMEMBRANCE DAY
Governor Haley Barbour today ordered State flags lowered to half-staff Monday in honor of the more than 2,400 Americans killed in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.

December 3, 2009 
GOVERNOR BARBOUR MAKES FURTHER CUTS TO FY 2010 STATE BUDGET  
Revenues continue to fall requiring adjustment to spending plan Governor Haley Barbour today announced $54.3 million in budget cuts made necessary because state revenue projections have persistently outpaced actual collections.

December 1, 2009
GOVERNOR HALEY BARBOUR ON NOVEMBER REVENUE SHORTFALL

State revenues missed expectations for the 15th consecutive month in November, demonstrating the necessity of major budget reforms and an overhaul of Mississippi government structure, Governor Haley Barbour said today.

December 1, 2009
STATEMENT OF GOVERNOR BARBOUR ON THE DEATH OF DR. ED THOMPSON
"Dr. Ed Thompson was an outstanding leader not only for the Mississippi State Department of Health, which he so faithfully served, but also nationally, where his medical expertise and counsel were highly respected. We were blessed to have him return to Mississippi in 2007 from the Centers for Disease Control for a second term as State Health Officer. His death is a tremendous loss for the state. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Marsha and his entire family during this difficult time."