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NFIB survey finds optimism in economy rising, but…

WASHINGTON — After last month’s disappointing drop in small-business confidence, April’s Index of Small Business Optimism from the National Federation of Independent Business rose 2.6 points to 92.1, just above the recovery average of 90.7. In April’s report, four Index components rose, two fell and six were unchanged. Yet pessimism abounds within the sector, as […] [...]

Dems hold ‘public hearing’ on education funding

JACKSON — Mississippi Democrats have renewed their calls for more education funding in the state budget. At a meeting billed as a “Democratic Public Hearing,” Rep. Rufus Straughter, D-Belzoni, lamented the consistent gaps between education funding determined by the Mississippi Adequate Education Program and what has been approved by the state legislature. He said that […] [...]

State adopting Pew system to measure effectiveness of spending

JACKSON — Mississippi officials are adopting a national system created by the Pew Center for the States to measure how much benefit a dollar of public spending creates. The system is first being set up to measure the effectiveness of criminal justice and corrections programs, but could be expanded to other areas in the future. […] [...]

Lawsuit challenging city’s spending headed to Supreme Court

STARKVILLE — A lawsuit challenging how the city of Starkville is paying for infrastructure improvements is making its way to the Mississippi Supreme Court. The Starkville Daily News reports local resident William McGovern has appealed a chancellor’s ruling in favor of Starkville’s municipal facility construction plan to the Supreme Court. Chancellor Jim Davidson threw out […] [...]

The fiscal debacle: Government working as was truly intended?

Is the fiscal cliff scenario a failure of our system of government or government functioning as intended? One need not venture far these days to hear a fairly common assessment of the current state of affairs pertaining to government in the nation’s capital. Usually, references are made to a totally broken governing mechanism. Furthermore, the […] [...]

Congressional delegation splits over fiscal cliff

WASHINGTON — All three Republicans in Mississippi’s House delegation voted against legislation to avoid the fiscal cliff, while the state’s only Democrat representative voted for it. Republican U.S. Reps. Gregg Harper, Alan Nunnelee and Steven Palazzo cast no votes, while Democrat Bennie Thompson voted for the legislation that passed 257-167. Nunnelee said in a statement […] [...]

Lawmakers primarily focused on cost of expanding Medicaid

JACKSON — Cost is the primary concern for Mississippi lawmakers faced with a decision on whether to expand the state Medicaid program with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. The Clarion-Ledger reports lawmakers discussed the matter during a joint committee meeting of the Public Health and Welfare and the Insurance committees. After the three-hour […] [...]

Leaders call $5B revenue estimate ‘conservative’

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant and top lawmakers say they’ve set a conservative estimate that the state can spend about $5 billion in the coming year. Bryant met yesterday with the Joint Legislative Budget Committee. They agreed on a 1.4 percent increase in the revenue estimate for the current year, which ends June 30. The […] [...]

House speaker wraps up statewide ‘ideas’ tour

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — House Speaker Philip Gunn says education is a recurring theme at the town meetings he held across Mississippi last week. He says comments and ideas have varied. Gunn, a Republican from Clinton, wrapped up his “ideas” tour in Brookhaven. He made earlier stops in Jackson, Greenwood, Hernando, Tupelo, Columbus, Meridian, Hattiesburg and […] [...]

Economist: State shouldn’t expect big boost from Isaac

JACKSON — State economist Darrin Webb says he does not expect Mississippi to see a surge in tax collections after Hurricane Isaac the way it did after Hurricane Katrina. “My thinking is that while in theory there may be some slight uptick in revenues as a result of Isaac, it will be inconsequential,” Webb told […] [...]

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