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Bryant defiant as judge blocks Mississippi law on objections to gay marriage

“Like I said when I signed House Bill 1523, the law simply provides religious accommodations granted by many other states and federal law. I am disappointed Judge Reeves did not recognize that reality. I look forward to an aggressive appeal.” — Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant A federal judge blocked a Mississippi law on religious objections to same-sex marriage moments before it ...

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House gives Bryant authority to use reserves

By BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal House Democrats and Republicans had differing goals Wednesday – the second day of a special session where ultimately legislators agreed to give Gov. Phil Bryant additional authority to tap into state reserves to plug budget holes. House Democrats also sought to deal with anticipated problems facing the budget for the next fiscal year. House Republicans ...

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BREAKING: Senate passes bill to let Bryant spend savings

Mississippi could lift the cap on Gov. Phil Bryant’s authority to spend money from the state’s financial reserves. The Senate voted 33-14 in a Tuesday special session to pass Senate Bill 2001. It would remove the $50 million cap on Bryant’s ability to spend money from the rainy day fund. Officials are trying to shore up the state budget for ...

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Gov. Bryant issues call for special legislative session

By BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal Gov. Phil Bryant is hoping legislators quickly resolve the budget issues the state is facing in balancing the budget for the current fiscal year in a special session he has called for Tuesday morning. Bryant announced the special session – to begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday – in a news release early Monday morning. ...

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Gov. Bryant issues call for special legislative session

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant is calling legislators into special session Tuesday to patch a hole in the budget before the fiscal year ends at midnight Thursday. He’s asking the House and Senate to give him permission to pull more money out of the state’s $350 million rainy day fund. Mississippi could be much as $75 million short in the $6 ...

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Bryant could call Tuesday session to deal with budget gap

Gov. Phil Bryant says he’s considering calling a special legislative session Tuesday to deal with a shortfall as Mississippi’s 2016 budget year comes to a close. Bryant spokesman Clay Chandler said Friday that Bryant will decide Monday morning after reviewing updated revenue figures whether lawmakers need to be called to Jackson for a special meeting. Officials have said that unless ...

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Bryant taps deputy treasurer to be state finance director

A deputy state treasurer will become the new director of the Mississippi Department of Finance and Administration. Laura D. Jackson has more than 27 years’ experience in state government. Gov. Phil Bryant announced Thursday that he’s appointing her to succeed Kevin Upchurch, who’s retiring June 30. Jackson has been deputy treasurer since January 2012. Before that, she was bond advisory ...

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Gov. Bryant meets with Donald Trump in New York

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant was among a group of Republican governors meeting with presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump. Bryant met with Trump in New York Tuesday alongside Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin and Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey. Spokesman Clay Chandler declined to say what Bryant and Trump discussed. Chandler says Bryant was ...

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Bryant follows Obama’s order to lower flags to honor Orlando victims

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant has ordered flags to fly at half-staff on state property to honor those killed or wounded in the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. The Republican issued an executive order Monday for flags to be lowered until sunset Thursday. He says people in Mississippi are praying for “the victims of hatred and terror” ...

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Yarber in fighting mood as Bryant signs Jackson-Evers takeover

Gov. Phil Bryant’s signing Wednesday of a bill giving control of Jackson-Medgar Evers International Airport and Hawkins Field to the state led Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber to pledge a constitutional challenge of the takeover. Yarber said in an emailed statement that he will “stand up for the city’s residents when it comes to unconstitutional measures.” The bill shifts policy making ...

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