Home » NEWS » Govt/Politics (page 20)

Govt/Politics

Fox News anchor Shepard Smith opens up on sexuality

Longtime Fox News anchor Shepard Smith has opened up about his sexuality and the impact it has had on his career. Smith mentioned in a recent speech at the University of Mississippi, where he graduated, that he had never stood in front of a group of people to talk about being gay, but added that he has “nothing to hide.” Smith says ...

Read More »

Austin named Disaster Volunteer Management Officer

Adrian Austin of Byram has been named Disaster Volunteer Management Officer for the Mississippi Commission for Volunteer Service, also known as Volunteer Mississippi, the state agency responsible for the coordination of volunteerism during Mississippi disasters. For the past 6 years, Austin served as Fiscal Officer for Volunteer Mississippi. Before joining Volunteer Mississippi, Austin worked for a local bank as a ...

Read More »

BILL CRAWFORD: Who cares about health care in Mississippi?

Mississippi finishes last – again – among all states in annual health ranking,” read the December headline in the Biloxi Sun-Herald. “Mississippi dropped to dead last this year among all 50 states in the annual ‘America’s Health Rankings’ released by the United Health Foundation,” continued the story. “As one of the nation’s poorest states, Mississippi has a legacy of poor ...

Read More »

Analysis: Improved revenue a counterpoint to credit worries

Getting better or getting worse? That’s the question Mississippi leaders are debating after the third major credit rating agency warned last week that it was concerned about weakness in state finances and the overall economy. For credit rater Standard & Poor’s Financial Services, the answer is “getting worse.” The agency didn’t downgrade Mississippi’s credit rating last week, but did change ...

Read More »

Lottery? Local gas tax? New proposals to fund roads, bridges

Mississippi officials are rolling out new ideas for pay for roads and bridges. Republican Gov. Phil Bryant says a lottery is one possibility, while House leaders are proposing a local fuel tax, subject to approval by voters in cities or counties. Mississippi is one of six states without a lottery, and Bryant said Thursday that he might ask legislators to ...

Read More »

UPDATE: S&P latest to hit Mississippi with negative credit outlook

  By TED CARTER It could have been worse. That’s the assessment Mississippi State Treasurer Lynn Fitch made after a Standard & Poor’s credit outlook downgrade to negative for Mississippi’s general obligation bond debt. Mississippi’s gets to keep its AA rating from S&P Global Ratings, but the ratings agency doesn’t see a fiscal turnaround ahead for the state any time soon. ...

Read More »

State thus far has not benefited from ‘Trump effect’

  By JACK WEATHERLY In the short view, the outlook for the Mississippi economy has improved nicely. The economy for 2017 is projected by the Institutions of Higher Learning’s University Research Center (URC) to expand by 1.9 percent over 2016, up 0.4 percentage points from the last previous estimate. But the expansion is far below the 2.6 percent growth for ...

Read More »

Black lawmakers set boycott over Confederate emblem on flag

Some black Mississippi officials say they are boycotting a regional legislative meeting that their own state is hosting this summer, to protest the Confederate battle emblem on the state flag. The Mississippi Legislative Black Caucus is asking the Southern Legislative Conference to push Mississippi to lose its status as the last state with a flag featuring the emblem. The caucus ...

Read More »

Credit rater warns on Mississippi, citing economy and taxes

Another credit rating agency is warning that the financial outlook for Mississippi government finances is weakening. Standard & Poor’s Financial Services on Tuesday downgraded its outlook for state government credit rating to negative from stable. S&P didn’t actually cut Mississippi’s debt ratings, but warned that it could later, saying it expects a budget squeeze to continue because of slow economic ...

Read More »

Health Department looking to streamline

By BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal Public Health districts will be reduced from nine to three to deal with budget cuts, state Health Officer Mary Currier explains in a YouTube video. The YouTube video, directed to the about 1,800 employees of the Department of Health, outlines a pending reorganization, and a yet-to-be determined number of layoffs. “We have to change ...

Read More »