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Sept. 15, 2010

GOV. BARBOUR ANNOUNCES $97.8 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDS
FOR SCHOOL DISTRICTS

Gov. Haley Barbour announced today Mississippi will receive $97.8 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Education as part of the recent education stimulus bill passed by Congress.

The money comes after the start of the school year, and school district officials throughout the state had been advised not to build their budgets relying on the additional federal funding. Gov. Barbour has urged school districts to save the money for next year, which will be an even more difficult year for state finances.

“I would have voted against this legislation were I in Congress,” Gov. Barbour said. “However, our taxpayers, their children and their grandchildren will be paying the cost of this federal spending, so we need to be prudent in using this money. Decreased revenue and the loss of some federal stimulus funds already has forced sharp reductions in state spending, and even deeper cuts will be necessary for FY 12.”