Posts Tagged ‘funding’

Funds remain unspent for Katrina-related recovery

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — Eight years after Hurricane Katrina slammed the Gulf Coast, Mississippi still hasn’t spent almost $1 billion in federal money dedicated to recovery from the storm. The remaining $872 million is part of $5.5 billion Congress gave the state to rebound from Katrina, which struck in August 2005, killed 238 people in […] [...]

Main Street group kicks off new fundraising campaign

COLUMBUS — The Columbus Main Street organization is campaigning to raise money for economic development activities in the downtown area. The Commercial Dispatch reports the campaign — called Main Street in Motion — will take place through September. Money raised will go toward the planning of growth, diversification and preservation of the downtown historic district. […] [...]

Port lands $14M grant from USDOT for improvements

PASCAGOULA — Officials at the Port of Pascagoula say a $14-million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation will be part of a $44-million improvement project that will create a more efficient rail connection into the port The Mississippi Press reports that the $14- million federal “TIGER” grant will be combined with $10 million from […] [...]

Hospital dipping into settlement money while sale continues

NATCHEZ — Natchez Regional Medical Center officials say they have had to use money from a 2012 legal settlement to address pressing needs as Adams County officials continue efforts to sell the facility. The undisclosed settlement was reached with the medical center’s former management company, Quorum Health. The county-owned hospital had sued Quorum in 2008, […] [...]

Business community has questions about proposed highway tax

JACKSON — Business groups still aren’t ready to raise Mississippi’s taxes to repair and build highways and bridges. In August, Senate Transportation Committee Chairman Willie Simmons, D-Cleveland, proposed a $700 million menu of taxes and asked other members of a study committee examining road needs to offer their own alternative revenue and spending plans. Highway […] [...]

Delta hospital hit hard by federal sequester

GREENVILLE — The chief executive of Delta Regional Medical Center says the hospital will be lucky to break even with two months left in fiscal year. “We are a far cry from where we were last year,” CEO J. Stansel Harvey told the Delta Democrat Times. Harvey said the hospital was in line to be […] [...]

Financially strapped schools vote to increase taxes

AMORY — The financially troubled Amory School District has voted to raise taxes. Superintendent Tony Cook tells WTVA that the money will help the school district stabilize. The district has faced financial difficulty for years and so sought a 7 percent increase in property tax rates. Amory’s current millage rate is 27, well below the […] [...]

Auditor says schools breaking law with textbook policy

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi school systems are routinely violating a state law that says they have to issue a textbook to every student to take home, the state auditor says. Stacey Pickering said that many districts are only buying enough books for a set to keep in each classroom, which may mean a student can’t […] [...]

Schools will probably need less state funding in 2015

JACKSON — Schools are likely to seek less money from the Mississippi Legislature for the first time since the current school funding formula was created. An early estimate of the request for the 2015 budget year shows the formula requiring $28.5 million less for reach full funding. Lawmakers have allocated much less than full funding […] [...]

Coast city creates wish list with RESTORE funding

D’IBERVILLE — The City of D’Iberville has developed a list of seven improvement projects at its waterfront that could be funded with RESTORE Act money from the oil spill. Plans call for expanding and improving the marina, already a popular public recreational area. The proposed project at Fountain Park is a $4 million plan that […] [...]

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