Posts Tagged ‘Phil Bryant’

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 […] [...]

Miss. Board of Education quitting multistate test group

by Published: January 16,2015

Tags: Business, Common Core, education, Mississippi, NEWS, Phil Bryant

JACKSON — Mississippi is withdrawing from a multistate testing consortium as it prepares to seek new bids for state tests. The state Board of Education voted Friday to withdraw from the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for Colleges and Careers on Jan. 25. Mississippi had been a founding member of the group, which developed […] [...]

Bryant: No confusion over similar proposals on same ballot

by Published: January 16,2015

Tags: Business, David Blount, education, Mississippi, NEWS, Phil Bryant

JACKSON — Republican Gov. Phil Bryant said Thursday that “the public is smarter than most people might believe” and it’s wrong for people to suggest Mississippi voters might be confused by having two education funding proposals on November’s ballot. “I think one of the things that is condescending is the idea that the voting public […] [...]

Attorney General Jim Hood: Decision soon on 4th-term run

JACKSON — Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood said Thursday that he will decide soon whether to seek a fourth term this year. Hood, 52, is the only Democrat in statewide office. Responding Thursday to questions from The Associated Press, Hood said he will make a decision about his political plans in the next week or […] [...]

Challenging times ahead for Pearl’s manufactured home residents, apartment complex owners

A proclamation from Gov. Phil Bryant declaring October “Manufactured Home Month” noted the factory-built dwellings provide housing for 507,000 Mississippians. But there could soon be manufactured housing for far fewer people in Pearl, a Rankin County city of about 25,000 residents. Public safety and a desire to keep non-conforming land uses from “going on forever” […] [...]

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