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June 30, 2010
GOVERNOR BARBOUR’S STATEMENT ON THE END OF THE FISCAL YEAR
“June’s revenue confirms what has been clear throughout the last 12 months: the Fiscal Year 2010 budget spent too much money.  State tax commission collections in June, the last month of the fiscal year, were 8.85 percent, or $54 million, below the estimate.  All told during FY 2010, the state general fund took in 8.28 percent, or $405.4 million, less than was originally budgeted.

June 29, 2010
GOVERNOR BARBOUR’S STATEMENT ON RETIREMENTS OF HIGHWAY PATROL CHIEF BERTHAY AND BUREAU OF INVESTIGATIONS HEAD SISK
Governor Haley Barbour announced today the retirements of Mississippi Highway Patrol Chief Col. Michael Berthay and Mississippi Bureau of Investigations Director Lt. Col. Stanley Sisk.

June 23, 2010
GOVERNOR BARBOUR CALLS FOR A DAY OF PRAYER ON SUNDAY FOR AREAS IMPACTED BY GULF OIL SPILL
Governor Haley Barbour proclaimed June 27 as a Day of Prayer to remember the Mississippi Gulf Coast and other states effected by the oil spill from the Deepwater Horizon accident.

June 22, 2010
GOVERNOR BARBOUR ASKS MISSISSIPPI BAND OF CHOCTAWS TO WITHDRAW CASINO PLAN
Governor Haley Barbour today asked the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians to halt plans to open a “slot parlor” in Jones County.

June 22, 2010
STATEMENT OF GOVERNOR BARBOUR ON RULING BLOCKING OF DRILLING MORATORIUM
“Hopefully, the judge’s ruling will go into effect quickly and be upheld on appeal. The moratorium is bad policy.”

June 17, 2010
GOVERNOR BARBOUR ANNOUNCES TOYOTA TO RESUME OPERATIONS IN BLUE SPRINGS
Governor Haley Barbour announced today the Toyota Motor Corporation is resuming preparations to begin production at its north Mississippi plant next year. The company plans to produce the Toyota Corolla, the best-selling car of all time, at the Blue Springs plant. 

June 10, 2010
GOVERNOR BARBOUR ISSUES PROCLAMATION CLOSING STATE OFFICES FOR INDEPENDENCE DAY
Governor Haley Barbour has issued a proclamation to close state offices on Monday, July 5, 2010, in observance of the Fourth of July holiday which falls on a Sunday this year.

June 8, 2010
STATEMENT OF GOVERNOR BARBOUR
“The Mississippi Supreme Court heard oral argument today regarding the constitutionality of statutes passed in 2004 that capped the size of non-economic damage awards permissible in lawsuits.  Runaway jury awards contributed to the climate of jackpot justice that made our state an unfriendly place to do business, costing us countless jobs. 

June 4, 2010
GOVERNOR BARBOUR TO FILL DISTRICT ATTORNEY VACANCY
Governor Haley Barbour announced today he has appointed Steven Waldrup as District Attorney for the 21st Circuit Court District effective July 1. Waldrup will replace District Attorney James Powell, who will retire at the end of June. Waldrup will serve in the post until a special election is held and a winner is sworn in.

June 1, 2010
GOVERNOR BARBOUR TO FILL SIXTH DISTRICT CHANCERY COURT VACANCY
Judge Kilpatrick to retire this month Governor Haley Barbour will appoint Philadelphia attorney Joseph Kilgore as Chancery Judge in the Sixth District, Place One effective July 1. Kilgore will replace Judge Max Kilpatrick, who will retire June 30, 2010.

June 1, 2010
STATEMENT OF GOVERNOR BARBOUR
"Mississippi's revenue collections in May indicate our economy still has not recovered. May revenue came in at 12.61 percent, or $51 million, below estimates.  May was the worst month for tax commission collections since May 2009 and marks the 20th month out of the last 21 months in which revenue collections have fallen short of expectations. 

June 1, 2010
GOVERNOR BARBOUR EXPANDS JOBS PROGRAM TO FUND SUMMER JOBS, ENTREPRENEURS
The successful Mississippi STEPS program will expand this summer to subsidize youth jobs and aid entrepreneurs opening their own businesses, Governor Haley Barbour announced today. This summer, two spin-off programs, Summer STEPS and STEPS New Start, will maximize the $43 million the state received for jobs through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.