Posts Tagged ‘funding’

Pickering lists concerns over Mississippi Adequate Education Program formula

JACKSON — State Auditor Stacey Pickering has notified the Legislature of his concerns with the Mississippi Adequate Education Program (MAEP) formula. The report provides detailed information to lawmakers on the MAEP formula in advance of the upcoming 2015 legislative session. “Each year the Office of the State Auditor provides an overview of MAEP funds, how […] [...]

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 […] [...]

Hood asks justices to toss Musgrove-led MAEP lawsuit

JACKSON — Attorney General Jim Hood is seeking dismissal of a lawsuit filed by 21 school districts that argues Mississippi owes them $230 million in education aid and demands an end to future shortfalls. In papers filed yesterday in Hinds County Chancery Court, Hood’s office wrote that even though a 2006 law says Mississippi’s school […] [...]

Co-Lin gets $2M-plus to support oil industry at port

WESSON — Copiah-Lincoln Community College will use $2 million over the next three years to help train diesel mechanics to support southwest Mississippi’s growing oil industry and operations at the port of Natchez. The U.S. Labor Department is giving $10 million total to four community colleges to improve training of automotive technicians. Other colleges getting […] [...]

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 […] [...]

Department of Mental Health doesn’t ask for more state funding

JACKSON — Mississippi’s Department of Mental Health says it can use money it already has to comply with pledges to federal authorities to create more community living spots and spend more on housing. Yesterday, the department told lawmakers it doesn’t need more state money in the budget beginning July 1. The U.S. Department of Justice […] [...]

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 […] [...]

Another school district joins Musgrove-led MAEP funding lawsuit

SUNFLOWER COUNTY — The Sunflower County school district is joining a lawsuit against the state, seeking to recover a shortfall in education funding and bar future underfunding. There are now 21 plaintiffs in the lawsuit filed by former Gov. Ronnie Musgrove. Sunflower County, created by a merger of the Sunflower County, Indianola and Drew districts, […] [...]

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 […] [...]

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