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Lawmakers hammer out budget just before deadline

JACKSON — Mississippi lawmakers has to approve dozens of bills in the state’s $6-billion budget before today’s deadline. Representatives and senators will be getting first looks at some measures for the budget year that begins July 1, because place-holder bills, filed Saturday, were sent back to committees to be rewritten yesterday. Several dozen spending bills […] [...]

Lawmakers recommend six members for charter school board

JACKSON — A Mississippi Senate panel is endorsing all six members of the state’s first charter school governing board. The Education Committee voted to recommend that the full Senate confirm the six. They have been serving since last summer, since three were nominated by the governor and three by the lieutenant governor. The 52-member Senate […] [...]

Legislators up budget estimates for 2014 and 2015

JACKSON — Top Mississippi lawmakers are increasing the estimate of how much money state government can spend this year and next. The Joint Legislative Budget Committee made the changes today after hearing that the state economy has performed well the past several months. Committee members added nearly $150 million to the estimate for fiscal 2014, […] [...]

Bryant signs hurricane deductible bill into law

JACKSON — Mississippians will see uniform rules about when hurricane deductibles apply to their homeowners insurance under a law that Gov. Phil Bryant has signed. House Bill 756, sponsored by Biloxi Republican Scott DeLano, requires Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney to rule that higher deductibles apply beginning when a hurricane watch or warning is issued somewhere […] [...]

Senators vote down pay raise for state employees

JACKSON — Mississippi senators yesterday rejected a proposal to give a $1,000 pay raise to all state employees, but a top budget writer said legislators still might consider a raise for lower-paid government workers. Sen. Hob Bryan, D-Amory, proposed the across-the-board pay raise, saying employees’ paychecks have remained stagnant while their insurance and retirement expenses […] [...]

Cochran supports House’s version of flood insurance bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) is praising the passage of legislation in the House of Representatives that, like a Senate-passed bill he helped write, would protect homeowners, businesses and communities from unreasonable flood insurance premiums without jeopardizing the stability of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Cochran said the Homeowner Flood Insurance […] [...]

Reeves, Tollison introduce teacher salary legislation

JACKSON — Current Mississippi teachers would see a $3,500 increase in pay over the next 16 months while starting salaries would rise under a plan presented yesterday by Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and Senate Education Committee Chairman Gray Tollison. The proposal also includes a stipend to reward teachers for academic improvement at schools. “The Senate’s […] [...]

OSHA backs off regulations on small farms’ grain storage

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sens. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) are pleased that small family-owned farms will not be subjected to unlawful scrutiny by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Under pressure from Cochran, Wicker and other lawmakers in the Senate and House, OSHA has agreed to withdraw its 2011 guidance memorandum on […] [...]

Cochran, association talk water provisions in farm bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), who met with members of the Mississippi Rural Water Association yesterday, said rural development and conservation provisions enacted with the new farm bill are intended to help rural communities meet growing demands for water and wastewater services, while reducing the amount of time it takes for eligible […] [...]

Trial postponed in Aldridge family dispute

TUPELO — The case against state Rep. Brian Aldridge and his parents for allegedly taking property from a relative and converting it to their personal use has been delayed in Lee County Circuit Court. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports they were scheduled to go to trial Monday. It was delayed after defense attorney T.K. […] [...]

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