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September 29, 2009
GOVERNOR BARBOUR RELEASES FINDING OF ACORN CONTRACT REVIEW
Governor Haley Barbour today released the Department of Finance and Administration's response to his request for a review of Mississippi's relationship with the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, or ACORN. DFA found that the state paid ACORN more than $7,000 in 2008; a hold has been placed to prevent any further transactions between ACORN and state agencies.

September 28, 2009
GOVERNOR BARBOUR BEGINS ASIAN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT TRIP

Governor Haley Barbour arrived in Malaysia today to speak at the 9th Annual Forbes Global CEO Conference and begin an economic development mission that will also take him to two other Asian countries.

September 25, 2009

GOVERNOR BARBOUR URGES CAUTION WITH BUDGET
Governor Haley Barbour sent the following letter to Legislative leadership today.

September 23, 2009
GOVERNOR BARBOUR EXPRESSES CONCERN OVER FEDERAL ENERGY POLICY
Gov. Haley Barbour has notified Mississippi's Congressional delegation about his concerns about how current energy policy and climate change proposals would raise costs for working Americans and put American businesses at a competitive disadvantage globally.

September 21, 2009
GOVERNOR BARBOUR CUTS OFF ACORN FUNDING
Governor Haley Barbour issued an executive order today stripping any state funds away from an advocacy group tied to illicit activities in at least one other state and already cut off from federal funds.

September 21, 2009

GOVERNOR BARBOUR'S JUDICIAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE SEARCHING TO FILL CHANCERY COURT VACANCY
Governor Haley Barbour's Judicial Appointments Advisory Committee is conducting a search to replace Chancery Court Judge Kennie E. Middleton of the 17th District. Judge Middleton died Friday in Natchez. The 17th Chancery Court District includes the following four counties: Adams, Claiborne, Jefferson and Wilkinson. 

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."

September 15, 2009
GOVERNOR BARBOUR ANNOUNCES THE MISSISSIPPI STEPS PROGRAM
Governor Haley Barbour announced today a new initiative, Mississippi STEPS: Subsidized Transitional Employment Program and Services, to aid small businesses in meeting their workforce needs while providing employment during these tough economic times.

September 8, 2009
GOVERNOR BARBOUR APPOINTS LES RANGE TO LEAD MDES
Governor Haley Barbour today announced the appointment of Les Range as executive director of the Mississippi Department of Employment Security. Range, who has served as MDES’s deputy executive director and chief operating officer since 2006, will replace Tommye Dale Favre, who is retiring at the end of September.

September 3, 2009 
GOVERNOR BARBOUR ANNOUNCES SPENDING CUTS
Governor Haley Barbour today ordered cuts to state agency spending totaling $171.9 million after 12 consecutive months of revenue collections that were lower than expectations, including the first two months of Fiscal Year 2010. He said the action was necessary to meet the constitutional requirements of a balanced budget in FY 2010 and to try to avoid deeper and more painful cuts later in the year.

September 1, 2009
GOVERNOR BARBOUR ANNOUNCES NEW NEIGHBORHOOD RENTAL RESTORATION PROGRAM
Governor Haley Barbour today announced a new Katrina recovery housing initiative targeted specifically at rehabilitating rental structures in existing neighborhoods south of Interstate 10.