Posts Tagged ‘Mississippi Legislature’

More than a dozen school districts sue state over funding

JACKSON — Fourteen Mississippi school districts sued the state yesterday, seeking money they say they were illegally shorted by the state’s public school funding formula over the last six years. The lawsuit also asks a judge to order lawmakers to never again underfund the Mississippi Adequate Educational Program. State lawmakers have underfunded the formula by […] [...]

Will lawmakers approve less borrowing for public universities?

JACKSON — The price of predictability for Mississippi’s public universities is likely to be less money to spend on capital projects in the state’s 2016 budget year. The College Board yesterday approved $710 million in bonding requests, as agencies make requests of the Legislature in advance of next year’s sessions. Lawmakers are likely to borrow […] [...]

Health care group wants to put smoking ban on ballot

JACKSON — Having failed to persuade lawmakers to ban smoking in public places, the Mississippi State Medical Association now wants lawmakers to put the question to voters. The association, which represents Mississippi’s 4,700 physicians, announced this week it will gather petition signatures in doctors’ offices asking the 2015 Legislature to set a referendum. “We hope […] [...]

Giles Ward will not seek reelection to Senate

LOUISVILLE — State Sen. Giles Ward, a Republican from Louisville, has announced he will not seek a third term in state Senate. Ward made announcement yesterday in a speech at the Neshoba County Fair. The 66-year-old Ward represents Senate District 18, which is comprised of all of Leake and Neshoba counties and a part of […] [...]

Former state lawmaker Green dies at home at age 62

GLOSTER — Former state Rep. David Green, who championed higher salaries for state employees in a 26-year career in the Mississippi House, has died after an extended illness. He was 62. Officials with Marshall Funeral Home of Bude and with the House clerk’s office said Green died Friday at his home in Gloster. The cause […] [...]

Gunn, Reeves introduce performance-based budget plan

JACKSON — Republican legislative leaders have unveiled a plan they say boosts accountability at state agencies and spends taxpayer dollars on results. House Speaker Philip Gunn and Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves presented the performance-based budgeting plan, “Building a Better Mississippi,” with the support of members of the Joint Legislative Budget Committee, which Gunn chairs this […] [...]

Schools to ask lawmakers for a $370M budget increase

JACKSON — Mississippi’s public schools need an additional $312 million from lawmakers next year to fully fund the formula that determines how much money education is supposed to get, state education leaders said yesterday. The state Board of Education approved a 2016 budget request seeking $370 million over the $2.49 billion lawmakers allotted in the […] [...]

DHS conducting hearing concerning new welfare drug-testing law

JACKSON — The Mississippi Department of Human Services is holding a public hearing today to gather comments about a new welfare drug-testing law. The state law was supposed take effect July 1 but was delayed after advocacy groups chided the agency for not holding a forum about how the measure might affect the poor, particularly […] [...]

Two more malls approved for tax money to expand

FLOWOOD and RIDGELAND — Mississippi taxpayers could help pay for two more malls that squeezed in approvals before a law allowing sales tax subsidies expired June 30 The Mississippi Development Authority approved applications in June for $29.6 million in tax money to expand Renaissance at Colony Park in Ridgeland and $48.8 million to build Pinelands […] [...]

Cochran proposes amendment to set state waters’ limit

GULF OF MEXICO — Since July 2013, Mississippi has claimed its state waters extend nine miles south into the Gulf of Mexico. The federal government refuses to recognize the declaration, standing by a 1960 U.S. Supreme Court decision that determined the offshore boundary for Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama was three miles out. The federal government […] [...]

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