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Former Gov. Barbour Offers His Thoughts on This Year’s Legislative Session

By Lawayne Childrey | Published 03 Apr 2013 05:25pm | comments
A portrait of former Gov. Haley Barbour is unveiled at the Capitol. Wednesday, April 03, 2013

While at the capitol the former governor weighed in on some key issues facing the session. MPB's Lawayne Childrey reports.

Since leaving office last year former Governor Haley Barbour has remained mostly silent on the issues facing Mississippi politicians. During a visit to the capitol  for his portrait unveiling  the two term governor explained why he has remained out of Mississippi's political spotlight.    

"Cause the Governor and the Lt. Governor everybody involved in state government they deserve to not have me looking over their shoulders as a critic so I don't. But it seems to me that they have got a reasonably  good budget and the more I find out about it it may be a super budget."

Part of those hard issues involve whether or not to expand Mississippi's Medicaid enrollment through provisions of the Affordable Health Care Act. 

"But if I were governor today I would not be for expanding Medicaid in this session. Frankly one of the reasons that we've had less spending in education is because as the Brookings Institution did a study ten years ago, Medicaid sucks all the money away from all of those programs."

The former governor  praised the efforts of lawmakers who just yesterday sent a Charter School Bill to the desk of Governor Phil Bryant for his signature.

"I'm not able to get into the details of this is better than that but it's certainly a step in the right direction. We need kids to have more opportunities to a better education."

Barbour, a Republican served as Mississippi's governor from January 2004 to January 2012. Lawayne Childrey, MPB News.



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