Posts Tagged ‘Herb Frierson’

State’s tax collections grew 5 percent last budget year

JACKSON — Mississippi tax collections continued growing strongly in the just-concluded budget year, posting another year of 5 percent growth and ensuring that money will be available to help improve local roads and bridges. State Department of Revenue figures show general fund tax receipts grew to a record $5.25 billion in the 2014 budget year, […] [...]

Legislators return to Capitol to vote on tornado relief funding

JACKSON — Mississippi lawmakers are returning to Jackson today for a special session to consider up to $20 million in state funding for tornado recovery. Twenty-three tornadoes swept through the state last week, killing 14 people and causing extensive damage in Louisville, Tupelo and other places. The special session begins at 1 p.m. today and […] [...]

Lawmakers putting final touches to state budget

JACKSON — Mississippi legislators expect to be busy this week working out final details of a $6 billion budget for the coming year. Among other things, they need to agree on how much to spend on a teacher pay raise plan and whether to fund training for a new group of Highway Patrol troopers. They’re […] [...]

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Mississippi isn’t fully funding its education formula, their districts have fewer classroom aides, larger class sizes, outdated computers and aging buses.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 […] [...]

Hearings at end, lawmakers start to craft budget

JACKSON — Now that budget hearings are over, Mississippi lawmakers face a long process of deciding how to spend tax dollars for fiscal 2015, which begins July 1. The 14 members of the Joint Legislative Budget Committee held four days of public hearings last week and quizzed agency leaders about how money is already being […] [...]

DPS asks lawmakers for more money; education funding in question

JACKSON — The Mississippi Department of Public Safety is seeking 45 percent more money from the state general fund for the coming year, a far-larger increase than any other agency has requested during this week’s state budget hearings. “That’s just not realistic to me,” Sen. Terry Brown told Public Safety Commissioner Albert Santa Cruz during […] [...]

Legislators to conduct public hearings on FY2015 budget

JACKSON — Mississippi lawmakers are holding public hearings this week to start setting priorities for the next state budget. Fiscal year 2015 begins next July 1. Agency directors will appear today through Thursday before the 14-member Joint Legislative Budget Committee. They’ll request money for schools, highways, prisons, Medicaid and other services. The hearings are being […] [...]

PRCC honors two supporters

The Pearl River Community College 2012 Distinguished Service Awards is going to Herbert Ray Nobles, a retired educator. Nobles, of Petal and South Mississippi Electric Power Association, retired as superintendent of the Petal school district in 1987, and has served as the Forrest County representative on the PRCC board of trustees since 1994. Nobles grew […] [...]

Mississippi revenue is up, but maybe not enough

JACKSON — Mississippi tax collections are up, but lawmakers say state agencies still might face budget cuts during the 2013 session. Because of a sluggish economy, Mississippi still hasn’t recovered from the Great Recession. Tax collections remain below where they were during the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2008. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal […] [...]

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