Criminal justice legislation passes, heads to Bryant

JACKSON — Legislation to make Mississippi’s criminal justice system more efficient and less expensive won final approval yesterday from state lawmakers. The House voted 105-13 and the Senate voted unanimously to send a revised, final version of House Bill 585 to Republican Gov. Phil Bryant, who is expected to sign it. If he does, it […]

Bryant clears way for conservator of county schools

SCOTT COUNTY — Gov. Phil Bryant has issued a proclamation authorizing the Mississippi Board of Education to appoint a conservator for the Scott County School District. The Scott County School District is rated “B” by the Mississippi Department of Education. Last week, the Mississippi Board of Education amended Mississippi Public School Accountability Standard 2.3, allowing […]

Bryant’s State of the State focuses on jobs, education

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant presented a generally optimistic outlook about Mississippi during his State of the State address, focusing on job creation and saying he believes the state can improve its academic performance with charter schools and merit pay for teachers. Republican Bryant, who’s beginning his third year as governor, said he wants to […]

Bryant’s spokesman leaving for National Conference of State Legislatures

JACKSON — Mick Bullock, the spokesman for Gov. Phil Bryant, is leaving to become communications director of the National Conference of State Legislatures. Bullock joined Bryant’s staff when Bryant was state auditor and stayed to work in the Iieutenant governor’s and governor’s offices. He begins his new job Jan. 6. The NCSL, which is located […]

Bryant proclaims ‘Year of the Creative Economy’

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant has announced a yearlong celebration in 2014 to showcase Mississippi people, communities and enterprises that are moving the state’s economy forward. Bryant made the announcement yesterday with state tourism officials. He says the “Year of the Creative Economy” will bring home many well-known artists, performers and others to join the […]

Bryant wants to give hospitals funds to offset health care reform

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant is proposing the state give Mississippi hospitals $4.4 million to offset an expected loss of federal funds due to the Affordable Care Act. Under the federal health care law, over a period of years the reimbursement to hospitals for treating people with no health care coverage will be reduced. The […]

Bryant unveils budget proposal Wednesday

by Published: November 13,2013

Tags: budget, Business, economy, Mississippi, Phil Bryant

JACKSON, Mississippi — Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant is proposing a state budget that would put more money into education and public safety. It also seeks to reduce the state’s use of one-time money to pay for recurring expenses. Bryant recommends spending $6.1 billion. Bryant unveiled his spending plan Wednesday for fiscal 2015, which begins July […]

CHANEY: Bryant call for hearings on BCBS premature

by Published: November 8,2013

Tags: Business, healthcare, hospitals, Mississippi

Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney says in a letter to Gov. Phil Bryant that he thinks Bryant exceeded his authority in directing the Insurance Department to hold hearings on a reimbursement impasse between Health Management Associates and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Mississippi. “I am deeply disappointed that you did not rescind Sections 1,2,3 […]

Legislators increase spending estimate; Bryant agrees

JACKSON — Top lawmakers yesterday increased the estimate of how much money Mississippi can spend on state government programs this budget year and next. Members of the Joint Legislative Budget Committee voted to increase the revenue estimate from just under $5.1 billion to just over $5.2 billion for fiscal 2014, which ends June 30. They […]

Bryant rescinds part of executive order concerning Blue Cross/HMA fight

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant is backtracking from part of an executive order he issued in a dispute between the state’s largest insurer and a hospital company. Bryant signed a document yesterday saying he is rescinding the parts of his Oct. 22 order that would have required Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mississippi to resume […]

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