A Q&A with Gov. Phil Bryant — Energy, oil and other things

Gov. Phil Bryant earlier this month delivered a keynote address to oil company executives and others gathered in Houston for the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale Summit. Upon his return, the governor’s office agreed to answer a series of questions on the subject of the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale. Here is the Q&A: Q — Does the governor […]

Gov. Phil Bryant to be in Natchez for von Drehle announcement

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant will be in Natchez Tuesday as part of an economic announcement. Bryant will be joined by state and local officials and representatives from von Drehle Corp. of Hickory, N.C., which recently bought the former Mississippi River Pulp property. Plans for the facility will be unveiled at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday. Von Drehle, […]

KILL BILL: Common Core death knell heads to Gov. Bryant’s desk

by Published: March 31,2015

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

JACKSON — A bill headed to Gov. Phil Bryant would establish a group to study whether Mississippi should modify or walk away from Common Core academic standards. The House and Senate on Tuesday both passed the final version of Senate Bill 2161. If Bryant signs the bill into law, an 11-member commission would make recommendations […]

Bryant says he will sign public hospital transparency bill

by Published: March 31,2015

Tags: Business, healthcare, Mississippi, NEWS, Phil Bryant

JACKSON — Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant says he intends to sign a bill designed to bring more transparency to the way publicly owned hospitals are run. Bryant spoke Tuesday to more than three dozen people who traveled to the state Capitol to push the bill because of concerns about pension losses at Singing River Hospital […]

Senate sends $2.5 billion K-12 education budget to Bryant

by Published: March 17,2015

Tags: Business, education, Hob Bryan, Mississippi

JACKSON — Senators are sending a $2.5 billion K-12 education budget to Gov. Phil Bryant for the upcoming year. It’s an unusual move that means senators won’t engage in late-session negotiations with House members over a bill that makes up more than 40 percent of state spending. The measure increases funding for K-12 schools by […]

Bryant appoints Karen Elam

Gov. Phil Bryant has appointed Karen Elam, Ph.D., to the State Board of Education. Elam will fill the unexpired term of Danny Spreitler, who has resigned.  She also serves on the Charter School Authorizer Board. Elam, a resident of Oxford, holds a doctorate degree in consumer economics from the University of Missouri, a master’s degree […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

ROSS REILY: Bryant should make change and quit shirking responsibility

by Published: December 11,2014

Tags: Business, education, Mississippi, NEWS, Politics

People keep telling me that I am bald. What’s the deal? Why can’t they accentuate the positives? I have hair, just not all over my head. That is kind of what I feel like Gov. Phil Bryant was saying when he was talking to business people in Southaven this week. “Accentuate the positives while accepting […]

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