Posts Tagged ‘state budget’

Gathering at Capitol asks for more money for two-year colleges

JACKSON — About 100 community college students, teachers and administrators gathered at the state Capitol yesterday to ask Mississippi legislators for more money to meet the needs of a student population that has grown as the economy has struggled. Wearing green t-shirts that played off the “Survivor” TV show logo, students enrolled in some of […] [...]

Better-than-expected revenue collections could affect budget process

JACKSON — Top Mississippi lawmakers say that because of relatively robust tax collections, they may increase the estimate of how much money the state can spend during the coming fiscal year. Yet Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves said yesterday that even if the revenue estimate increases, state agencies shouldn’t expect their spending to rise. So […] [...]

Lawmakers approve measure aimed at reducing state’s debt

JACKSON — The Mississippi Senate today passed legislation that would direct additional funds to pay off state debt and move toward reducing the state’s total debt, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves announced. “We need to get control of the state’s debt, and this bill is one way we can do that and be responsible stewards of […] [...]

Analysis: School districts might not be able to cover budget cuts

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — At least 18 of 152 Mississippi school districts might not have enough money to cover a cut in state funding, an Associated Press analysis finds. Those districts could be forced to borrow money, cut services or raise taxes to make up the difference. That includes districts considered poor, such as Shaw in […] [...]

Delta group wants state funds for Grammy Museum

CLEVELAND — A Cleveland group raising funds for a Grammy Museum to celebrate the state’s musical heritage is seeking $6 million to support its cause. Project manager R. Allan Hammons told a crowded room of legislators that the museum would be the first satellite of the national Grammy Museum in Los Angeles. The Cleveland Music […] [...]

Senate committee approves teacher debit card legislation

JACKSON — School teachers would get debit cards to buy classroom supplies under a money-saving measure moving forward in the state Senate. A bill approved yesterday by the Senate Education Committee mandates that districts use debit cards for employees’ travel and classroom supply purchases. It also calls for districts to pay employees only once a […] [...]

Landrum: Bill would mean loss of jobs at mental health facilities

JACKSON — The chairman of the state Board of Mental Health says if the Legislature goes ahead with present budget proposals, it could mean the loss of jobs at facilities across Mississippi. Robert Landrum of Ellisville, the mental health board chairman, told Jones County supervisors this week that budget cuts before the Legislature would reduce […] [...]

Board approves MSU to enter commercial paper market

STARKVILLE — Higher education officials will allow Mississippi State University to enter the “commercial paper” market to obtain $50 million for future construction projects. The state College Board approved Mississippi State’s request yesterday. The commercial paper market is short-term IOUs that companies sell to meet cash-flow needs. Issuing commercial paper is a way for companies […] [...]

Lawmakers vote to change state budget process

JACKSON — The Mississippi House voted yesterday to change the state budget process in a way some members call unfair and others call accountable. The change is part of a resolution that would set the joint operating rules of the House and Senate for the four-year term that started last month. It says any lawmaker […] [...]

Bryant’s budget proposal calls for spending cuts, more rainy day money

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant proposed yesterday to cut state spending by $26 million to $5.49 billion in 2013 while also insisting on building $100 million in state reserves. The newly inaugurated Republican summarized his first budget as a “lot of cuts,” saying he won’t raise taxes and that state revenues have yet to recover […] [...]

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