Posts Tagged ‘funding’

Coast city getting FEMA funding to fix Isaac-damaged piers

GULFPORT — The city of Gulfport is getting nearly $1.6 million to repair piers and jetties damaged by Hurricane Isaac in 2012 — work that U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran says has been languishing because of bureaucratic environmental hurdles. Cochran, who serves on the Senate Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, worked with the Federal Emergency Management Agency […] [...]

Senate passes bill to increase education funding

JACKSON — Senators are supporting an additional $60 million for Mississippi’s education funding formula. The Senate voted 26-24 yesterday to adopt an amendment to House Bill 1476 — the state K-12 budget — taking money from Medicaid and moving it to the Mississippi Adequate Education Program. Eight Republicans crossed party lines to vote with all […] [...]

Corps allots more funding to projects in Mississippi

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will dedicate an additional $14.4 million to Mississippi this year to support additional dredging, flood control and other construction and maintenance projects, according to U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.). The Army Corps of Engineers has decided to direct additional Mississippi River & Tributaries Project (MR&T), general […] [...]

MDA provides funding to Grenada manufacturer

GRENADA — The state of Mississippi has provided $200,000 to refurbish a metal stamping press at a Grenada manufacturer. The money was provided through the Mississippi Development Authority’s Job Protection Grant program. The program is designed to help local industries retain jobs and grow their businesses. Officials say Grenada Stamping is spending $250,000 of its […] [...]

Transportation task force provides no funding answers

JACKSON — A transportation study task force has concluded that the state does not generate enough money to take care of its highway needs. But the task force, which completed its work yesterday, offered no funding solution. Senate Transportation Chairman Willie Simmons, D-Cleveland, who headed the task force, had hoped that the panel would reach […] [...]

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 […] [...]

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