Posts Tagged ‘legislator’

State’s bad bridges continue to raise concerns among officials

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mention highway safety and people have all sorts of ideas of what that means. To the Highway Patrol, it suggests expanding the ranks of state troopers. For the Mississippi Department of Transportation, it’s a well-maintained road system. For Mothers Against Drunk Driving, getting intoxicated drivers off the roads is the highest priority. […] [...]

Voters to decide whether hunting, fishing is constitutional right

JACKSON — Van Allen has been processing deer meat and selling gear to hunters and anglers for 20 years in Mississippi and other parts of the South. Like many outdoors enthusiasts, he thinks hunting and fishing are birthrights that ought to be constitutionally protected. “As far as I am concerned anything that protects first our […] [...]

Department of Public Safety asks for $46M increase in funding

JACKSON — The Mississippi Department of Public Safety is requesting a $46 million budget boost in the coming year. That would be a 26 percent increase, from $176 million to nearly $223 million. It would pay for a variety of items, such as up-to-date Crime Lab equipment, and employees such as new state troopers and […] [...]

Lawmakers question education leaders about escalating administrative costs

JACKSON — State education officials making their legally-mandated push to support Mississippi’s school funding formula were questioned yesterday in a budget hearing about rising spending on administrators and whether lawmakers should spend more money on programs not included in the formula. The Legislature would have to add an estimated $311.7 million to the Mississippi Adequate […] [...]

Legislators begin work on FY2016 state budget

JACKSON — Top lawmakers are starting to plan Mississippi’s budget for the coming year. The Joint Legislative Budget Committee is meeting this week to hear state agencies’ requests for money for fiscal 2016, which begins July 1. The hearings are open to the public. They are being held today through Friday at the Woolfolk state […] [...]

Ex-State Sen. John Ed Lee dies at 86

BRANDON — Former State Sen. John Ed Lee of Brandon, a businessman who served two terms in the state Senate including four years as chairman of the Highways Committee, has died at the age of 86. Officials at Ott and Lee Funeral Home in Brandon say Lee died Monday. Other details were not released. Services […] [...]

State budget narratives speak loudly as lawmakers face re-election

JACKSON — Writing a state budget is not only about numbers. It’s also about narrative. With most Mississippi lawmakers seeking re-election in 2015, everyone who helps write the budget, or simply votes for it, will be eager to tell constituents that the spending plan is one of the strongest and most efficient in state history. […] [...]

Senate President Pro Tempore Terry Brown dies after cancer treatment

COLUMBUS — Mississippi Senate President Pro Tempore Terry Brown, a longtime lawmaker known for his booming voice and skepticism about government programs, died yesterday after undergoing treatment for lung cancer. He was 64. “Terry was larger than life,” Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves said in a statement. “With his quick wit and gift for storytelling, Terry […] [...]

Ex-state legislator, son die in automobile accident

JACKSON — Former Mississippi lawmaker Jay Disharoon and son, Jamie, died this week in a fatal accident on Interstate 20 in Jackson. Memorial services were held for the two Saturday in Jackson. The Highway Patrol says the 65-year-old Disharoon and his 27-year-old son died Tuesday when their car ran off the highway and crashed into […] [...]

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 […] [...]

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