Posts Tagged ‘budget’

Advocates of low-income residents decry failure to expand Medicaid

JACKSON — Groups supporting low-income Mississippi residents said yesterday that elected officials are ignoring 300,000 people and refusing billions of federal dollars by choosing not to expand Medicaid in one of the poorest states in the nation. If the state were to extend Medicaid, as allowed under the health overhaul that President Barack Obama signed […] [...]

Economist: State’s economy expanding, but jobs are not

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The state’s economy is gradually growing stronger, but the state still has 44,000 fewer jobs now than it did before the recession, state economist Darrin Webb told legislative budget writers Friday. Employment numbers in the state have been up in some months and down in others. “What you see is sort of […] [...]

State’s Medicaid enrollment growing, spurred by Affordable Care Act

JACKSON — Mississippi’s Medicaid enrollment has grown since January, even as top elected officials continue to oppose expanding the program. Medicaid director David Dzielak told legislative budget writers Friday that the biggest reason for the enrollment increase is a new type of income calculation. He said that under the federal health overhaul law, the Affordable […] [...]

Department of Public Safety asks for $46M increase in funding

JACKSON — The Mississippi Department of Public Safety is requesting a $46 million budget boost in the coming year. That would be a 26 percent increase, from $176 million to nearly $223 million. It would pay for a variety of items, such as up-to-date Crime Lab equipment, and employees such as new state troopers and […] [...]

Higher education, tourism officials ask for more state funding

JACKSON — The two systems that run Mississippi’s public universities and community colleges each want lawmakers to increase their budgets by more than $75 million, arguing more state spending on higher education will help residents earn higher incomes and bolster the future of the state. State agencies are presenting requests to the 14-member Joint Legislative […] [...]

Lawmakers question education leaders about escalating administrative costs

JACKSON — State education officials making their legally-mandated push to support Mississippi’s school funding formula were questioned yesterday in a budget hearing about rising spending on administrators and whether lawmakers should spend more money on programs not included in the formula. The Legislature would have to add an estimated $311.7 million to the Mississippi Adequate […] [...]

Legislators begin work on FY2016 state budget

JACKSON — Top lawmakers are starting to plan Mississippi’s budget for the coming year. The Joint Legislative Budget Committee is meeting this week to hear state agencies’ requests for money for fiscal 2016, which begins July 1. The hearings are open to the public. They are being held today through Friday at the Woolfolk state […] [...]

Biloxi mayor vetoes proposed budget; city council to take up issue

BILOXI — Mayor A.J. Holloway says he vetoed the fiscal year 2014-15 budget adopted by the Biloxi City Council because it provides a spending reserve of only $56,000. Holloway said yesterday that such a low amount would put the city’s credit rating at risk. Biloxi Council President Kenny Glavan said the council will take the […] [...]

Port Authority sets ‘conservative’ budget of $12.9M

PASCAGOULA — Jackson County Port Authority commissioners have set a of $12.9 million budget for the Port of Pascagoula for the coming year. Port Director Mark McAndrews tells The Mississippi Press that the spending plan, adopted this week, is conservative. He says port revenues are relatively flat. Fiscal 2015 begins Oct. 1 for local governments. […] [...]

State budget narratives speak loudly as lawmakers face re-election

JACKSON — Writing a state budget is not only about numbers. It’s also about narrative. With most Mississippi lawmakers seeking re-election in 2015, everyone who helps write the budget, or simply votes for it, will be eager to tell constituents that the spending plan is one of the strongest and most efficient in state history. […] [...]

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