Posts Tagged ‘Phil Bryant’

Analysis: Lawmakers squabble over election-year tax cuts

JACKSON — It’s election year, and Mississippi policymakers are engaged in an escalating debate over who can offer the biggest, juiciest tax cut. The resolution is weeks away, with legislators facing a late March deadline to agree on tax and spending plans. It’s not clear what sort of tax cut will survive, if any. That […] [...]

DAVID DALLAS — Delbert Hosemann: An unsung hero chooses to remain so

My son and his Boy Scout troop had a rare treat this past Sunday. Mississippi’s Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann delivered the keynote speech to a group of newly awarded Eagle Scouts. Hosemann honored those who had gone the extra mile to earn their Eagle and encouraged younger scouts, like my son, to not give up, […] [...]

State to study separate district for troubled schools

JACKSON — The State Board of Education is likely to study a new plan to create a separate statewide school district in Mississippi to take over troubled schools and school districts. The board discussed the study Thursday in a work session where frustration boiled over about the state’s inability to turn around schools and what […] [...]

Potential field taking shape for Nunnelee’s vacant Miss. House seat

HERNANDO  — Speculation has begun in earnest over who will succeed the late Alan Nunnelee in Mississippi’s First District House seat, and conventional wisdom is that DeSoto County will play a key role in determining who North Mississippi’s next congressman will be. At least three DeSoto County names — Hernando Mayor Chip Johnson, state Sen. […] [...]

DAVID DALLAS — The dirt on Kemper Coal

The State Supreme Court has told Mississippi Power and its parent Southern Company to refund money to almost 200,000 customers. The state’s Public Service Commission had given Southern Company permission to start increasing rates on customers in an effort to pay off what is easily the most expensive boondoggle in Mississippi history. Public Service Commission […] [...]

US Rep. Nunnelee remembered as public servant, family man

TUPELO — The late U.S. Rep. Alan Nunnelee was a state senator for 15 years before being elected to Congress in 2010, but his greatest source of pride didn’t come from a political office. “The title I’m most proud of is ‘Dad,'” Nunnelee said in a video clip played at his funeral Monday. It was […] [...]

Bryant to tap unemployment fund for worker-training advances

Call it the “Two-Cars-And-A-Boat” initiative. Gov. Phil Bryant last  Friday morning briefed business leaders on a workforce development proposal that calls for pulling $25 million each of the next two years from the state’s unemployment compensation reserve fund. The money would be used to step-up the state’s efforts to train workers for advanced manufacturing jobs […] [...]

BILL CRAWFORD — More jobs, but fewer with jobs, huh?

by Published: January 26,2015

Tags: Alabama, Business, education, jobs, Mississippi, NEWS, Phil Bryant, Politics

“Mississippi added 8,800 more jobs in 2014 than in 2013,” so noted Gov. Phil Bryant in his optimistic State of the State address last week. Over the same period, 16,700 fewer Mississippians had jobs. So says the same report that the governor’s figure came from.   Huh?   The Mississippi Department of Employment Security, as […] [...]

BILL CRAWFORD: Higher ed boards face leadership choices

by Published: January 19,2015

Tags: Business, education, Eric Clark, Hank Bounds, Mississippi, NEWS, Phil Bryant

IHL Commissioner Hank Bounds has accepted the job as president of the University of Nebraska system. Eric Clark, executive director of the Mississippi Community College system, has announced he will retire this year. So both the IHL Board of Trustees and the Mississippi Community College Board (MCCB) find themselves seeking new leaders.   The IHL […] [...]

Bryant accused of improper role in community college search

JACKSON — The Mississippi Community College Board remained at an impasse in its search for a new executive director Friday, amid growing accusations that Gov. Phil Bryant has improperly intervened. Bryant denies any improper action. After failing to choose a candidate following interviews in December, Board Chairman Bruce Martin of Meridian said the board took […] [...]

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