If you haven’t followed every legislative session of Governor Barbour, don’t worry because I have. And what I an tell you is this – for all seven years (budget years to date) Haley has been governor he has gotten nearly all of his proposals passed. From coast to coast (and now in D.C.) state budgets are uo in the air. The Executive branch usually has the lead in creating budgets and lobbying for their passage and implementation thereof. You have to win the budget war before it is waged. In order to do this, you need to know where the legislators stand, legislative procedure, and most importanly – the will of the people. These elements are fulfilled by a guy like Haley who has vast budget experience and success. Don’t take my word for it – ask any legislator in Jackson.