Posts Tagged ‘State of Mississippi’

Gunn, Reeves introduce performance-based budget plan

JACKSON — Republican legislative leaders have unveiled a plan they say boosts accountability at state agencies and spends taxpayer dollars on results. House Speaker Philip Gunn and Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves presented the performance-based budgeting plan, “Building a Better Mississippi,” with the support of members of the Joint Legislative Budget Committee, which Gunn chairs this […] [...]

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 […] [...]

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 […] [...]

KiOR retains investment bank to explore sale or restructuring

COLUMBUS — Struggling biofuel maker KiOR, deeply in debt to the state of Mississippi and others, says it has hired an investment bank to try to sell or restructure the company. KiOR, based in Pasadena, Texas, announced it had hired Guggenheim Partners in a yesterday stock filing. KiOR’s cash level is unclear, but the company […] [...]

DHS, Children’s Rights reaches yet another agreement

JACKSON — Mississippi officials and a group that sued over the state’s child welfare system have reached a third settlement. At the center of the new proposal is the hiring of a “director for sustainable transformation” at the Mississippi Department of Human Services to oversee efforts to improve the agency’s ability to protect and support […] [...]

Presley alerts farmers to new sales tax break on energy bills

JACKSON — Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley is notifying agricultural businesses in Mississippi of a change in tax law that may lower their utility bills. The change, which went into effect July 1, exempts certain agricultural business from being charged state sales tax on their energy bills, particularly bills for electric and natural gas service. […] [...]

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, […] [...]

Bryant’s criticism of Common Core raises questions

JACKSON — Gov Phil Bryant appeared to ratchet up his rhetoric against the Common Core academic standards yesterday, calling them “failed.” But late in the evening, a spokeswoman said his position had not changed, intensifying questions about whether Bryant’s statements would actually open the door to the standards’ repeal in Mississippi. Critics say Common Core […] [...]

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 […] [...]

State’s consumers in line for payments under SunTrust settlement

JACKSON — Attorney General Jim Hood says Mississippi consumers will be eligible for payments under a settlement between 48 states, the federal government and SunTrust. The U.S. Justice Department said yesterday the $968-million settlement resolves allegations that SunTrust underwrote and provided faulty mortgage loans. The federal government accused SunTrust of giving borrowers false and misleading […] [...]

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