Governor Barbour has reportedly notified some legislators that the Special Session to solve the state's budget crisis will convene on Sunday at 2:00 p.m.That is welcome news, if it is indeed true. I have written previously about the constitutional hypocrisy of the Governor proclaiming that he has emergency powers to keep selected agencies of State government operating without a budget, when he had the tobacco settlement payments to the Partnership for a Healthy Mississippi stopped because the settlement funds were not appropriated by the Legislature.
There will be three calls.
1. To authorize basic state services (which will take the pressure off of July 1).
2. To pass a bill for the equal taxation of non participating tobacco products
3. To agree on a medicare fix.
Reportedly, there is not full agreement on Medicare between Governors and House Democrats loyal to Speaker Billy McCoy yet, and it could still stall out. However, it is likely very close with both sides likely betting the other will bend a bit amid the pressure of a session.
Congratulations to Y'all Politics for the scoop.