Politics of State Spending Cuts
Last week the Wall Street Journal ran an interesting profile of Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour focused on the state budget. During his two terms in office, Barbour has earned track record of cutting spending across the board. He has made cuts six times since 2009. At a Republican Governors Association meeting earlier this month he said, "Anyone who says there isn't a part of state government that can't save money doesn't know what he's talking about."
Barbour enjoys high approval ratings in Mississippi but as the term-limited governor weighs a potential presidential bid a question looms – will his reputation for trimming the fat out of state spending be an asset or liability?
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