Posts Tagged ‘funding’

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 […] [...]

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Mississippi isn’t fully funding its education formula, their districts have fewer classroom aides, larger class sizes, outdated computers and aging buses.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 […] [...]

PEER critical of agency’s handing of shelter funds

JACKSON — A legislative committee is criticizing state health officers for what it says is failure to distribute $1.6 million to domestic violence shelters across Mississippi. Deputy state health officer Mike Lucius told The Clarion-Ledger that a state law enacted in 1983 limits the amount any one shelter may get to $50,000 per fiscal year. […] [...]

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 […] [...]

Supervisors approve support for building port terminal

PASCAGOULA — The Jackson County Board of Supervisors has voted to support building a $30-million terminal at the Port of Pascagoula to handle wood pellets from a plant that is supposed to be built in George County starting in late 2014. The Sun Herald reports the county will handle selling up to $24 million in […] [...]

KiOR secures funding to increase biofuels production

COLUMBUS — A Texas-based company has secured funding to proceed with plans to double the production capacity at its biofuels production facility in Columbus. KiOR Inc., based in Pasadena, announced yesterday in a news release it has received $100 million in committed equity financing from Khosla Ventures, an investment company based in California, and Microsoft […] [...]

City-schools squabble continues even after settlement

JACKSON — Months after a court order supposedly settled the issue, the Jackson Public School District is once again at odds with the city government over school taxes. According to emails and a settlement offer obtained by The Clarion-Ledger, the school system contends the city broke the agreement struck in July that set the district’s […] [...]

Vilsack: USDA to give $3M-plus for energy, health, farm programs

JACKSON — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced more than $3 million in funding for renewable energy projects, projects to improve public health in the Mississippi Delta region and awards to support small farmers. Vilsack made the announcement today during a town hall meeting in Jackson. Vilsack says in a news release that the funds […] [...]

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 […] [...]

Airport gets funding for improvements to handle larger aircraft

COLUMBUS — Golden Triangle Regional Airport has obtained $3.4 million in grants to pay for upgrades to the airport’s runway and taxiway and widening of the exits and entrances from the runway to the taxiway. Airport executive director Mike Hainsey told WTVA the work should allow the airport to handle larger aircraft with greater safety. […] [...]

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