September 15, 2009
STATEMENT OF GOVERNOR BARBOUR ON BRIEFING WITH THE U.S. SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE
"I appreciate key members of the Senate Finance Committee hosting a call today with Governors to discuss their pending healthcare reform bill. As I and many Governors have said for weeks, an unnecessary new tax burden on small business or unfunded mandates that force states to raise taxes or cut critical services are unacceptable. It is clear the senators are trying to reduce or eliminate the unfunded mandate, and I appreciate their effort. Nevertheless, Mississippi's small businesses and our Medicare beneficiaries have too much at risk."