Posts Tagged ‘budget’

Bryant unveils budget proposal Wednesday

by Associated Press Published: November 13,2013

Tags: budget, Business, economy, Mississippi, Phil Bryant

JACKSON, Mississippi — Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant is proposing a state budget that would put more money into education and public safety. It also seeks to reduce the state’s use of one-time money to pay for recurring expenses. Bryant recommends spending $6.1 billion. Bryant unveiled his spending plan Wednesday for fiscal 2015, which begins July […] [...]

Legislators increase spending estimate; Bryant agrees

JACKSON — Top lawmakers yesterday increased the estimate of how much money Mississippi can spend on state government programs this budget year and next. Members of the Joint Legislative Budget Committee voted to increase the revenue estimate from just under $5.1 billion to just over $5.2 billion for fiscal 2014, which ends June 30. They […] [...]

After three years, voters finally to weigh in on sales tax

by Associated Press Published: October 23,2013

Tags: budget, city, city government, City of Jackson, Jackson City Council, poll, Sales Tax, tax, tax hike, vote, voter, Voting

JACKSON — A local option sales tax that has sat on the books for three years finally will be offered to Jackson voters. The Clarion-Ledger reports the Jackson City Council yesterday voted to raise sales taxes one cent on every dollar, on the condition that voters approve in a referendum the higher rate By law, […] [...]

Mayor proposes using rainy day money for city’s debt

TUPELO — Mayor Jason Shelton wants to use about $5 million from the city’s rainy day fund to pay off part of its $30 million in bonds. That could save up to $825,000 in interest over seven years, freeing up cash for big capital items such as fire trucks or tornado sirens, he told The […] [...]

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, […] [...]

Facing tight funding, USM to unveil retention plan

HATTIESBURG — University of Southern Mississippi President Rodney Bennett has only been on the job for six months, but he says his relationship with the university community has jumped off to a promising start. Bennett, the former vice president for student affairs at the University of Georgia, said his plan for student success at Southern […] [...]

Corps to shut down campgrounds due to federal budget impasse

VICKSBURG — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is preparing for the closure of USACE-operated campgrounds and day-use parks nationwide beginning today if the potential shutdown of the federal government goes into effect for lack of fiscal 2014 funding legislation. Affected recreational areas would not reopen until after the shutdown is lifted. Some USACE-operated […] [...]

Hearings at end, lawmakers start to craft budget

JACKSON — Now that budget hearings are over, Mississippi lawmakers face a long process of deciding how to spend tax dollars for fiscal 2015, which begins July 1. The 14 members of the Joint Legislative Budget Committee held four days of public hearings last week and quizzed agency leaders about how money is already being […] [...]

City council trims department heads’ pay

MERIDIAN — The City Council has voted to cut the salaries of some department heads. Mayor Percy Bland, who was elected in June, replaced some department heads and kept others. In doing so, he set higher pay for directors of community development, homeland security and the chief of police. The chief administrative officer’s salary was […] [...]

Utility Authority gives nod to nearly $7M budget

HERNANDO — The DeSoto County Regional Utility Authority board has approved a $6.68 million budget for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1. Under the blueprint, Olive Branch, Southaven, Horn Lake, Hernando and Walls will be charged $3.19 per 1,000 gallons of treated wastewater, a 34-cent increase from the fiscal 2013 rate of 2.85. The […] [...]

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