Posts Tagged ‘Mississippi Legislature’

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 […] [...]

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 […] [...]

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