Posts Tagged ‘Legislature’

And away we go — Mississippi lawmakers begin their 3-month session

By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS and JEFF AMY JACKSON — The Mississippi Legislature has started its 2015 session. The 122-member House and 52-member Senate gaveled to order at noon Tuesday at the state Capitol. During the next three months, lawmakers will consider bills to shape public policy for education, health care, transportation and other issues. They face a […] [...]

Prosecutors’ wish list seeks to broaden death penalty

VICKSBURG — Mississippi prosecutors are asking the Legislature to broaden the death penalty to include mass shootings and terrorist acts. “We’re trying to make the killing of two or more persons in a single instance capital murder so that the death penalty may be used,” District Attorney Ricky Smith of Vicksburg told The Vicksburg Post. The Mississippi […] [...]

Dems offer alternative plan for Miss. FY16 budget

by Published: December 11,2014

Tags: Business, Democrats, GOP, Legislature, Mississippi, NEWS, Politics

JACKSON — Democrats in the Mississippi Legislature are offering their own budget proposal that they say would pump more money into education. Sen. Hob Bryan of Amory and Rep. Cecil Brown of Jackson released the plan on behalf of their colleagues Thursday. It came two days after the Republican-led Joint Legislative Budget Committee released its […] [...]

Top Miss. lawmakers release FY16 budget blueprint

by Published: December 9,2014

Tags: budget, Business, Legislature, Mississippi, NEWS, Phillip Gunn

JACKSON — Top lawmakers are proposing a slightly smaller Mississippi budget for the coming year, despite their expectation that state revenue will increase. The 13-member Joint Legislative Budget Committee on Tuesday released its $6 billion spending blueprint for fiscal 2016, which begins July 1. House Speaker Philip Gunn says the plan could be changed once […] [...]

Mississippi budget writers to set FY16 revenue estimate

by Published: November 10,2014

Tags: budget, Business, government, Legislature, Mississippi, money

Top Mississippi lawmakers are preparing to estimate how much money the state can spend during the coming budget year. The Joint Legislative Budget Committee meets Monday afternoon in Jackson. Members will hear experts’ assessment of the state economy. Then, they will set a revenue estimate that will be used as a basis for budget writing. […] [...]

Former state Sen. Mulholland dies of cancer

PHILADELPHIA — Former state Sen. Joe H. Mulholland of Philadelphia has died from complications of cancer. He was 80. Officials with McClain-Hays Funeral Home say Mulholland died Tuesday in a hospital in Meridian. Mulholland served in the Senate from 1964-68 and 1976-84. He served one term as chairman of the public property committee. A Neshoba […] [...]

6 more districts join Miss. school funding lawsuit

by Published: September 15,2014

Tags: Business, education, lawsuit, Legislature, Mississippi

JACKSON — Six more Mississippi school districts are joining a lawsuit against the state over shortfalls in education funding. With the additions announced Monday, there are now 20 plaintiffs in the lawsuit filed by former Gov. Ronnie Musgrove. Musgrove spokesman George Shelton says the new plaintiffs are school districts in Greene County, Humphreys County, North […] [...]

BOBBY HARRISON: More money found, but members gave away the right to appropriate

by Published: March 31,2014

Tags: Business, education, Legislature, Mississippi, Politics

By Bobby Harrison The Mississippi Legislature has nearly $250 million more to spend than when House and Senate members passed their respective budget proposals earlier this session. Yet, most of the rank-and-file members of the House and Senate will have limited ability in saying how those funds are spent. On the opening days of the […] [...]

Business inventory tax, proclaimed as a jobs creation tool, projected to cost state $7M this year, then $126M in FY 2017

by Published: March 28,2014

Tags: Business, Legislature, Mississippi, money, Politics, taxes

With fiscal 2014’s arrival, Mississippi’s businesses can begin enjoying the rewards of a hard-fought victory achieved in 2012 with passage of a phased-in state income tax credits for businesses that pay inventory taxes to cities and counties. Legislative wrangling ended with establishing the tax credits in place of an actual end to the inventory tax, […] [...]

Miss. lawmakers competing in charity cook-off

by Published: March 17,2014

Tags: Business, cooking, Legislature, Mississippi

JACKSON — Mississippi lawmakers are competing in a barbecue-versus-catfish cook-off to raise money for veterans’ groups. The competition takes place from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at the Mississippi Farmers Market near the state fairgrounds in downtown Jackson. It’s open to the public. Two senators who own restaurants, Democrat Willie Simmons of Cleveland and Republican […] [...]

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