Posts Tagged ‘funding’

College Board postpones decision on budget increase request

JACKSON — College Board members are delaying a decision on how large a budget increase to seek from Mississippi lawmakers. The board voted yesterday to delay the decisions until June 27, saying they wanted to learn more about the large increases universities were seeking for some research units. The state’s eight public universities asked the […] [...]

Obama signs bill funding barrier islands’ restoration, river work

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — President Barack Obama today signed a bill that includes authorization for $693.3 million for the Mississippi Coastal Improvement Program in Hancock, Harrison and Jackson counties. The Mississippi Coastal Improvements Program was initiated after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and the first phase was completed in 2012. Work has included restoration of the barrier […] [...]

Barbour: McDaniel will cut federal education funding

JACKSON — Establishment Republicans backing Sen. Thad Cochran have launched a campaign to brand GOP challenger Chris McDaniel a candidate who would deeply cut federal education dollars on which Mississippi schools rely. The six-term senator, they said, would protect money for students and teachers. Former Gov. Haley Barbour offered a preview for what his pro-Cochran […] [...]

USM gets big check to build new pedestrian pathway

HATTIESBURG — The University of Southern Mississippi’s plan to build a new pedestrian pathway on the Hattiesburg campus has received a major boost on after Southern District Highway Commissioner Tom King presented a check for $683,560 to the university. Southern Miss President Rodney D. Bennett accepted the check provided by the Mississippi Department of Transportation […] [...]

Board votes to fund Common Core-aligned standardized tests

JACKSON — The Board of Education has approved spending about $8.4 million on standardized tests aligned with the new Common Core state standards. The board voted May 16 for the first year of what could be a four-year contract with a division of the British firm Pearson, PLC. The money is Mississippi’s share of the […] [...]

Legislature passes $17M in tornado relief funding

JACKSON — The Mississippi Legislature met in a three-hour session yesterday and approved $17 million to help pay for recovery from disasters, including tornadoes that recently pounded the state. Republican Gov. Phil Bryant signed the funding measure, Senate Bill 2001, and it became law immediately. The governor originally said he would ask lawmakers for up […] [...]

Bryant calls special session of Legislature for storm-recovery funding

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant has called the Mississippi Legislature into special session starting tomorrow to help pay state government’s share of recovery costs after the deadly April 28 tornadoes. The governor said yesterday that lawmakers will be asked to provide up to $20 million for disaster response and recovery costs through the Mississippi Emergency […] [...]

Two Delta groups getting economic development funding

MISSISSIPPI DELTA — The Economic Development Administration has awarded funds to two planning and developing groups in the Mississippi Delta. U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., made the announcement in a news release yesterday. The South Delta Planning and Development District will receive $189,000. The district provides services in Bolivar, Humphreys, Issaquena, Sharkey, Sunflower and Washington […] [...]

Grant to be used for more efficient delivery of pediatric services

JACKSON — Mississippi officials hope that a $5 million grant will create a more seamless system to care for children’s medical, mental and behavioral needs. The partnership between the University of Mississippi Medical Center and Mississippi Children’s Home Services was announced yesterday. The effort, which aims to break down walls between medical and mental health […] [...]

State receives first NFWF funding to support coastal planning

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) has received a $3.6 million grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. The money will be used by MDEQ to coordinate the views, visions, values and plans of the people of the Gulf Coast as Mississippi puts together an integrated, coastal wide, restoration […] [...]

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