Posts Tagged ‘appropriation’

Hood wants settlement funds to go to prison, courts

JACKSON — Attorney General Jim Hood has sent a check to the state General Fund for $52,697,853.73 and a check for $11,167,097.00 to the State/School Employees’ Health Insurance Plan. The money, totaling $63,864,932.73, is the result of litigation involving eight cases as follows: GlaxoSmithKline, LLC (Avandia): $25,219,368.42 BASF Corporation et al (vitamin litigation): $22,509,978.76 LCD […] [...]

College Board wants money for transition to new funding plan

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The board that oversees state-run universities in Mississippi says it needs more money to complete the transition to a new formula for dispensing funds to the state’s eight public universities. Higher Education Commissioner Hank Bounds of the College Board made the pitch yesterday to members of the House Appropriations Committee. However, after […] [...]

Report criticizes MDOT’s accounting; says road/bridge funding inadequate

JACKSON — A new report calls for Mississippi’s road-building agency to do more to account for the money it spends, but agrees the state isn’t spending enough money to maintain its roads and bridges. The report, released Friday by a legislative watchdog committee, could figure prominently into the ongoing debate over raising more money for […] [...]

Educators feeling pinched from lack of funding

JACKSON — School superintendents say that because Mississippi isn’t fully funding its education formula, their districts have fewer classroom aides, larger class sizes, outdated computers and aging buses. The Center for Education Innovation released a report yesterday calling attention to what districts say are real-world consequences of not enough money. The report collected examples of […] [...]

Officials hand mayor projects list totaling $57.7M

VICKSBURG — Improvements to the city’s water and sewer system top a list of 12 proposed capital improvement projects over five years that would cost about $57.7 million. The Vicksburg Post reports the preliminary recommendations were prepared by city department heads for Mayor George Flaggs Jr. Water and sewer system upgrades alone total about $22 […] [...]

Bryant wants to give hospitals funds to offset health care reform

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant is proposing the state give Mississippi hospitals $4.4 million to offset an expected loss of federal funds due to the Affordable Care Act. Under the federal health care law, over a period of years the reimbursement to hospitals for treating people with no health care coverage will be reduced. The […] [...]

Council approves $1M budget for proposed baseball stadium

BILOXI — The Biloxi City Council has set up a $1-million budget in advance of any spending for a baseball stadium. David Nichols, city administrator, says no expenditures will be made until a team is purchased and all the documents are signed. The Sun Herald reports (the vote was 5-2 creating the new capital project […] [...]

Governor proposes $6.1B budget; no new taxes or fees

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant is proposing a $6.1-billion state budget that would put more money into education and public safety for fiscal 2015, which begins July 1. It would not increase taxes or fees. In a plan unveiled yesterday, the Republican governor said he seeks to eliminate the use of one-time money to pay […] [...]

State groups report little impact from federal shutdown

JACKSON — Agency directors and spokesmen say Mississippi government is feeling little effect from the federal government’s partial shutdown that started last week. This includes the Department of Transportation, the Department of Education, the Department of Human Services and the Division of Medicaid — state agencies that handle large amounts of federal money. For now, […] [...]

State’s tax collections come in well over outlook

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi tax collections for the first quarter of the state’s fiscal year — July through August — are 5.9 percent above the estimate and $124.3 million, or 12.1 percent, above what was collected during the same period a year ago. The estimate — made by legislative leaders upon advice of the state’s […] [...]

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