BRADENTON, Fla. — Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour Monday night said that the softening economy, higher energy prices, and the state’s lagging housing market are among the reasons that he would not support issuing any debt in fiscal 2009 unless it creates jobs.

State sales tax receipts for July through December, the first half of the current fiscal year, increased only 1/10th of 1%, underscoring the discipline that will be necessary to prepare a structurally sound budget for fiscal 2009, Barbour said in his state of the state address.

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