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DPS asks lawmakers for more money; education funding in question

JACKSON — The Mississippi Department of Public Safety is seeking 45 percent more money from the state general fund for the coming year, a far-larger increase than any other agency has requested during this week’s state budget hearings. “That’s just not realistic to me,” Sen. Terry Brown told Public Safety Commissioner Albert Santa Cruz during […] [...]

Agencies, schools petition lawmakers for funding in upcoming bidget

JACKSON — Mississippi’s prison and mental health systems and Medicaid program are seeking millions of extra dollars to get through the budget year, then more money on top of that for the coming year. Agency leaders appeared yesterday before the Joint Legislative Budget Committee to request money for fiscal year 2014, which ends June 30, […] [...]

Officials looking more closely at state agency budgets

JACKSON — Leaders of Mississippi government agencies are facing scrutiny about everything from office space to travel expenses as they request money for fiscal 2015, which begins July 1. The 14-member Joint Legislative Budget Committee started annual hearings yesterday — the first step in a lengthy process of deciding how to divvy up state tax […] [...]

Legislators to conduct public hearings on FY2015 budget

JACKSON — Mississippi lawmakers are holding public hearings this week to start setting priorities for the next state budget. Fiscal year 2015 begins next July 1. Agency directors will appear today through Thursday before the 14-member Joint Legislative Budget Committee. They’ll request money for schools, highways, prisons, Medicaid and other services. The hearings are being […] [...]

County leaders to raise taxes for emergency services

TUPELO — Lee County Board of Supervisors president Bobby Smith says taxpayers shouldn’t expect more than a modest tax increase in the 2014 fiscal year budget to upgrade the county’s aging 911 radio system. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reported supervisors approved the county tax rolls yesterday, allowing officials to go ahead with crafting a […] [...]

Aldermen call public hearing over mayor’s budget proposal

OLIVE BRANCH — Olive Branch’s mayor is proposing 3 percent average pay raises for city employees and a half-million dollars set aside to pave roads. The Commercial Appeal reports the Board of Aldermen will hold a public hearing tonight on the budget proposed by Mayor Scott Phillips for the 2013-14 fiscal year that starts Oct. […] [...]

Schools will probably need less state funding in 2015

JACKSON — Schools are likely to seek less money from the Mississippi Legislature for the first time since the current school funding formula was created. An early estimate of the request for the 2015 budget year shows the formula requiring $28.5 million less for reach full funding. Lawmakers have allocated much less than full funding […] [...]

Most two-year schools asking more tuition this fall

JACKSON — Tuition will rise at 11 of Mississippi’s 15 public community colleges this fall, with average tuition for two semesters (fall and spring) rising about 6 percent to $2,376. Here are the rates that each college has approved or has projected to the state Community College Board, as well as the percentage change from […] [...]

Nonprofit health center in Delta to close when funds are exhausted

GREENVILLE — The Good Samaritan Health Center will be closing its doors by the end of the year or as soon as federal funds run out. The Greenville nonprofit opened in 2006 as a part-time clinic and became a full-time primary-care facility through grants as well as funds from various organizations. Andy Sanders, chairman of […] [...]

Agency closing 13 WIN Job Centers due to budget cuts

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi Department of Employment Security says that six full-time and seven part-time WIN Job Centers will close June 21. Executive director Mark Henry says in a news release today that the centers in Iuka and Newton will be open part-time. The cuts are part of across-the-board federal budget reductions that went […] [...]

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