Special Session II
Governor Barbour has called a Special Session for Friday, July 10, at 10:00 a.m. for the purpose of funding the Mississippi Public Service Commission. Last week during the three-day Special Session that began on June 28th, the Legislature funded all State agencies expect the PSC. The PSC’s and the Public Utilities Staff’s appropriations bills died after being held on motions to reconsider for the purpose of adding several new positions as requested by the PSC.
There is significant opposition to adding new positions in a year in which many households, businesses, and public agencies have experienced cuts. It is hoped that the budget can be approved in a matter of a few hours, but the unknown factor is whether the push will continue for the new PSC staff positions.