Posts Tagged ‘government’

City raises taxes, but avoids employee layoffs

HORN LAKE — Aldermen have approved a budget for fiscal 2014 that includes a 4-mill property tax increase but spares job cuts among city employees that had been contemplated. The spending plan for the year that begins Oct. 1 was approved 5-2 Tuesday during a brief meeting with no discussion. Aldermen Charlie Roberts and John […] [...]

PEER report on port expansion to be released this week

GULFPORT — A legislative committee will release a report this week on its analysis of spending at the State Port at Gulfport. Max Arinder, director of the Performance Evaulation and Expenditure Review Committee, told The Sun Herald that the report should be available to the public Friday. Gov. Phil Bryant, the Mississippi Development Authority and […] [...]

School districts face state takeover this week

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — Three Mississippi school districts have moved one step closer to a state takeover. The state Accrediting Commission recommended yesterday that states of emergency be declared in the Claiborne County, LeFlore County and Yazoo City school districts. The state would take over the district if the state Board of Education approves the recommendation […] [...]

Legislators, group want PEER to review State Port expansion

GULFPORT — Two lawmakers and a community coalition are asking a legislative committee to release a report that analyzes spending on state port expansion. “This is public monies, so it should be public knowledge,” Rep. Sonya Williams Barnes, D-Gulfport, said at a news conference held yesterday in Gulfport. Rep. David Baria, D-Bay St. Louis, said […] [...]

Bryant, leaders headed to South America on trade mission

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant and a group of Mississippi business leaders are in Brazil this week to meet with local trade organizations and officials. The group has stops scheduled in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. They left yesterday and are to return Friday. Joining Bryant are Mississippi Development Authority executive director Brent Christensen, […] [...]

UPDATE: Legislators learn more about growing wild hog problem

JACKSON, Mississippi — Wild hogs run rampant in parts of Mississippi, and wildlife experts say the state needs to control the destructive beasts. The hogs reproduce often, eat just about anything in their path and can grow to 300 pounds. They’re uprooting crops, destroying farm equipment and tearing up yards. John J. Mayer, a South […] [...]

Bryant moves quickly to replace Bentz on PSC

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant is naming former Chevron Corp. executive Steve Renfroe to the Public Service Commission. Renfroe takes over for Republican Leonard Bentz representing the southern district. Bentz left the utility regulator last month, becoming executive director of the South Mississippi Planning and Development District. Renfroe could face thorny votes over the power […] [...]

Will Longwitz named Henry Toll Fellow

by Published: August 9,2013

Tags: government, Henry Toll Fellow, Will Longwitz

State Sen. Will Longwitz is one of 48 state policymakers from across the country selected as a Council of State Governments’ Henry Toll Fellow for the Class of 2013. The 48 Toll Fellows in the Class of 2013 represent 35 states and Puerto Rico, with 35 serving in the legislative branch, four serving in the […] [...]

Randy Reeves gets state government recognition

by Published: July 26,2013

Tags: government, Randy Reeves, State Veterans Affairs Board

Gov. Phil Bryant recently presented the 2013 Excellence in State Government Award to Randy Reeves, executive director of the State Veterans Affairs Board, in recognition of excellence and innovation in public service. Reeves was recognized for stabilizing agency funding by creating methods to provide consistent funding streams and improving efficiencies; increasing partnerships with state and […] [...]

Vernon Asper tenders CMR resignation

Dr. Vernon Asper is resigning after serving 19 years on the Commission on Marine Resources. Jimmy Taylor, who currently is vice chairman of the Commission, will take over as chairman. Gov. Phil Bryant will appoint someone to take over for Asper, whose current term expires June 30, 2014. [...]

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