Posts Tagged ‘Mississippi Legislature’

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, […] [...]

College Board to ask lawmakers for 10-plus percent budget increase

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — The College Board has voted to seek an additional $76.3 million in state funding for Mississippi’s eight public universities when the Legislature gathers next year to write the 2016 budget. That’s a 10.2 percent increase over the funding they will receive in the 2015 budget year. In the last two budgeting cycles, […] [...]

Brown: People ‘sick of hearing’ about inadequate education funding

BILOXI — State education leaders said at a Mississippi Municipal League school funding forum that when the state doesn’t fully fund schools, the bill winds up being the problem of local governments. State Rep. Cecil Brown, D-Jackson, said people are “sick of hearing we don’t have the money to fully fund education,” adding that next […] [...]

College Board postpones decision on budget increase request

JACKSON — College Board members are delaying a decision on how large a budget increase to seek from Mississippi lawmakers. The board voted yesterday to delay the decisions until June 27, saying they wanted to learn more about the large increases universities were seeking for some research units. The state’s eight public universities asked the […] [...]

Equifax appeals tax ruling to U.S. Supreme Court

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court will consider June 26 whether to hear an appeal from credit bureau Equifax Inc. from what is considers an adverse tax ruling in Mississippi. Court officials say a decision could be announced shortly after the court conference. The appeal is a reaction to a 2013 Mississippi Supreme Court decision […] [...]

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 […] [...]

Sticker shock? Each Cochran-McDaniel vote costs $40-plus

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The 2014 political spending spree continues, but it’s not exactly a bargain for investors. Mississippi’s Republican Senate primary between six-term incumbent Thad Cochran and challenger Chris McDaniel attracted massive sums of campaign cash that could come to more than $40 per vote amid low primary turnout in the relatively small state. That’s […] [...]

After 30 years, state gives Vicksburg Auditorium back to city

VICKSBURG — The state of Mississippi has returned the Vicksburg Auditorium back to the city of Vicksburg. “The state of Mississippi has no need to maintain ownership of this property,” says Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann. “It is best kept in the hands of the local governing authority, which can decide the best use of […] [...]

Group faces challenges in fighting new religious freedom law

JACKSON — A national civil rights group called Human Rights Campaign faces significant challenges as it tries to make Mississippi’s legal climate more open for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents. HRC recently announced that it will spend $8.5 million for its “Project One America” in Mississippi, Alabama and Arkansas, which currently have no laws […] [...]

Council seeking public comment on farm-to-school programs

JACKSON — The Mississippi Farm to School Interagency Council is inviting public comment on proposed objectives of the Council and the promotion of farm to school programs in Mississippi in general. The public comment period will end on June 16 at 11:59 p.m. The Interagency Farm to School Council was created by the Mississippi Legislature […] [...]

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