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Bryant names former justice Ann Lamar to College Board

Gov. Phil Bryant is naming recently retired Mississippi Supreme Court Justice Ann Lamar of Senatobia to the College Board. The 64-year-old Lamar replaces Karen Cummins, a trustee who died from cancer in January, representing the northern third of the state. Senators must confirm Lamar’s nomination to 12-member board, which oversees Mississippi’s eight public universities. She would serve the remainder of ...

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Bryant: State workers must take sexual harassment prevention

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant announced Tuesday that by executive order, he’s requiring all state employees to take online training in sexual harassment awareness and prevention. “This should be a low-cost alternative to expensive seminars and provide a standard of prevention in this litigious society,” Bryant said. The move comes months after the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics agreed to pay $25,000 ...

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State ‘noncore’ programs under Bryant scrutiny

By JACK WEATHERLY  Gov. Phil Bryant listed what he called three state-supported programs that are not core functions of government, and as such need scrutiny for belt-tightening. The filmmaking industry is one, and has drawn the most public attention since he issued his budget recommendations on Nov. 15. The Legislature will have the final say on the state budget in ...

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Gov. Bryant places priority on reserves in his budget plan

By BOBBY HARRISON Gov. Phil Bryant is placing a priority on restoring state reserve funds in his budget proposal for the upcoming fiscal year, which starts July 1. The second-term Republican governor broke with the tradition of holding a news conference to release his budget proposal and did so instead Tuesday morning via social media. In defending his proposal to ...

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Gov. Bryant believes he’s done cutting budget this year

By BOBBY HARRISON Daily Journal Gov. Phil Bryant says he does not anticipate having to make any more budget cuts this year to offset sluggish revenue collections. “I think we are in good shape right now,” the Republican governor said recently. “We are within the revenue number.” Bryant said any issues dealing with the budget for the current fiscal year ...

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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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