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Coast residents to vote on tax hike to fund recreation projects

PASCAGOULA — Gov. Phil Bryant has signed legislation allowing Pascagoula residents to vote on a proposed 2 percent prepared food tax, says city recreation commission chairman Mike McElhaney. The tax would fund recreation projects outlined in the city’s recreation master plan, which the board adopted in October. Senate Bill 2921 was signed into law April […] [...]

Governor says he can run Medicaid; questions challengers

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant says he thinks he can run Medicaid even if lawmakers don’t reauthorize the program or set its budget by the time the state’s new fiscal year starts July 1. “As head of the Governor’s Division of Medicaid, I will do all I can to continue and to provide Medicaid to […] [...]

State leaders ask Washington for more offshore drilling

GULF OF MEXICO — Six coastal governors have called on Washington to open up more waters to offshore drilling and to make permitting a quicker, more efficient process. The governors of Texas, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi and Alaska spoke Monday at the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston. Officials from Louisiana and Virginia also […] [...]

Law clears way for UMMC to take over hospital

GRENADA — Legislation that would allow the University of Mississippi Medical Center to take over a hospital in Grenada has been signed into law. Gov. Phil Bryant signed House Bill 1721. It takes effect immediately. Grenada County has been shopping around the county-owned Grenada Lake Medical Center since last summer. The bill would allow the […] [...]

Governor signs anti-corruption bill, auditor pleased

JACKSON — State Auditor Stacey Pickering is applauding a new law that he says will help fight government corruption. Gov. Bryant approved Senate Bill 2625 and it is now law with an effective date of July 1. In a release, Pickering’s office wrote: “Under this important anti-corruption legislation, an individual who has been convicted or […] [...]

Lawmakers say special session concerns tire manufacturer

CLAY COUNTY — Gov. Phil Bryant is calling lawmakers back to the Capitol tomorrow for what many hope will be a quick a special session to lure an auto parts maker to the state. Bryant has released few details about the project, beyond saying it’s for Mississippi’s “automobile corridor.” Several lawmakers say an international company […] [...]

Governor signs fracking bill as database comes under scrutiny

JACKSON — Legislation to lower the Mississippi severance tax on hydraulically fractured oil wells from 6 percent to 1.25 percent for first 30 months of well production has been signed into law by Gov. Phil Bryant. House Bill 1698 also will allow counties where fracking is occurring to keep a larger share of tax proceeds. […] [...]

Lawmakers to return for special session on mystery project

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant says he’s calling lawmakers to the Capitol late this week for a special session on an economic development project. He said today that the session will begin at 10 a.m. Friday. He didn’t give specifics about the project, but said it will create needed jobs for the state. He said […] [...]

Governor to call special session, related to automobile corridor

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant said yesterday that he will call lawmakers into special session to deal with an economic development project in what he calls the state’s auto corridor. The Commercial Appeal reports Bryant talked about the special session when he was in Oxford for a groundbreaking on an unrelated project. Bryant said he’s […] [...]

Governor signs education bills, including charter schools

FLOWOOD — Gov. Phil Bryant continues to tout the “transformative” potential of new education measures The Republican Bryant signed four bills into law today at Northwest Rankin High School, where he pledged last fall to seek many of the changes. Among the new laws is one that expands the authority to create charter schools — […] [...]

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