Posts Tagged ‘Gov. Phil Bryant’

Bryant criminalizes Jackson Women’s Health Organization

JACKSON — Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant on Monday signed a law that will put new regulations on the state’s only abortion clinic, starting July 1. The Republican said he’s not bothered by the possibility that the clinic’s owner will sue to try to block the new mandates. “If it closes that clinic, then so be […] [...]

Analysis: Few get all they want at Mississippi Capitol

JACKSON — The Mississippi Legislature is moving to the end of its 2012 session, and interest groups are being reminded of a universal truth in politics: You can’t always get what you want. People who say the U.S. borders are too porous were upset when an immigration-enforcement died in a Senate committee, after passing the […] [...]

Bryant signs bill raising judge and prosecutor pay

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant has signed legislation giving Mississippi judges their first pay raise since 2003. Circuit and chancery judges now make $104,000 a year. House Bill 484 was signed Friday and takes effect July 1. It increases pay in four annual steps to $146,000 a year by 2016. Pay also increases for district […] [...]

Construction to start by year’s end on Eastover development

Developers of The District at Eastover in Northeast Jackson finally own the site for the mixed-use project. Ted Duckworth and Breck Hines, co-owners of the The District Land Development Co., bought the 21-acre Old Blind School site from the state for $3.3 million. The deal closed Feb. 24. Hines said in an interview last week […] [...]

FORECLOSURE SETTLEMENT — AG concedes legislators likely to decide where $14.1M goes

Mississippi legislators will be the deciders in how to use a $14.2 million direct payment from a $25 billion national mortgage fraud settlement. Attorney General Jim Hood hopes legislators will allocate the money for such things as housing counseling, mortgage-education efforts and for programs to guide victimized homeowners through the settlement process. He concedes, however, […] [...]

Litigation timeline key for Section 42 valuation fight

A key hearing this week in Hinds County Chancery Court could go a long way toward changing how tax assessors calculate the tax liability for Section 42 Housing Developments. The Mississippi Association of Supervisors, the Mississippi Municipal League and dozens of towns and cities have sued the Department of Revenue, in an attempt to force […] [...]

Advocates want more flexible charter school bill

Charter school advocates believe this is the year for Mississippi to make progress in school choice through more flexible charter school legislation. In his first State of the State address, Gov. Phil Bryant said now is the time for Mississippi to pass a “workable” charter school law. A 2010 law passed by the state Legislature […] [...]

Change on Tap? Beer legislation supporters are being cautiously optimistic

Lawmakers and grassroots organizers who have unsuccessfully pushed for legislation to modernize Mississippi’s beer and brewing laws are optimistic their efforts stand a better chance of paying off this session. As he has the past few sessions, Rep. David Baria, D-Bay St. Louis, has filed bills that would increase the state’s alcohol-by-weight limit in beer, […] [...]

MBJ EDITORIAL: Bryant, others should concentrate on issues, not media

Gov. Phil Bryant was quick to lay blame at the feet of the national and statewide media for Mississippi’s poor race-relations image at the recent Mission Mississippi Governor’s Prayer Luncheon. Bryant said that the national media must have been champing at the bit to see if he, a white Republican, and Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree, […] [...]

Read the Feb. 6 issue of the MBJ online

In this week’s MBJ — GET ‘EM WHILE THE LAST: One Mississippi business can make your life at home better in the next two weeks. By Amy McCullough Also in this week’s paper: >> Change on tap?: Modernizing small business laws gets a boost. Read the real story — by Clay Chandler >> Taking stock: […] [...]

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